Well, I do agree with Bgile in what regards to his objections on how the genre has been handled... as almost all fictional genres are handled anyway. And agrees with Tiornu about the LST
I do found myself amusing this because at the end we would not get a very much modified post war scenario. The Japanese would have lost the war, anyway, they were simply unprepared to fight it. It´s obvious that the way the US would have conducted the war could have changed in a significant way. Let´s see.
The Japanese succeded destroying the tank farms whilst Halsey is around. Yamamoto sent two fast BB to bombard Pearl. Halsey attacks them and got nailed. No Enterprise nor Lexington for Midway. So, no Midway. The Japanese rules the seas for 1942. The the US must do a Pacific First strategy in order to protect Australia from invasion and save, somehow, MacArthur´s ass from the frying pan. With all US effort concentrated here then the help to the Soviet Union and England is not as great as it really was. Montgomery´s Alamein could take place or not, it doens´t matter because Patton didn´t land at Casablanca and there is no allied invasion of Sicily and Italy in the 43, maybe not at all. Stalin didn´t get much help neither and maybe von Paulus escapes from his siege at Stalingrad, it doesn´t matter because the soviets are not as well prepared to face Citadel. Even if the north part of Citadel didn´t work then the SS could have succeded at Prockorova (I can spell that dam name). And with certainity Hitler would not call off the offensive because the US is not invading Italy at all in the summer of 43. And by the summer of 43 the US is just begining it´s offensive, where? Retaking Hawai? Not likely the Japanese would have the resources to go there. Maybe Midway or the Solomons? For sure 1945 would have been a serious fighting year because the Marianas and Philipines would have still been under Japanese rule. Hitler would have been fighting Stalin without so many resources deployed in France. Maybe Rommel is in Russia. And he is alive because no serious man would have ever attempt to kill Hilter while fighting only the soviets. No D-Day in 1944, not in 1945 neither. At the end Hitler forces Stalin to the negotiation table and I don´t know what the British could have done. Ideas? Germany wins in Europe. But to no avail. In July 1945 the US lights the candle and the first A bomb explodes. In August the bombs are used against military targets in the Pacific Theatre in order to "clear" islands instead of landing on them with marines. The nazis, that are the other ones with physics take note and go all the way to produce their bomb whilst the US is busy fighting Japan. Then the US must use the bomb against Berlin and force a surrender. Will the US ever do such thing? I doubt it. But if the US did then we will have the same 1946 scenario: Germany defeated, Japan defeated, US a victor and the soviets deceiving everybody, including US President and becoming the new threat. So, at the end, nothing changes. Being that the case then let Japanese send a third wave or win at Midway, nothing changes. In the measure that the US seized the central european and jewish german scientists there is no wild card here. The real wartime asset were those scientists. Almost everything else would have been irrelevant.
Am I crazy?