Gas Turbines are fairly likely to come about, simply because much of the technology was being developed for turbochargers, even in peace time. That, and the increasing complexity of increasing large displacement piston engines will probably lead to adoption of gas turbines, albeit slightly later and a t a slower pace (and possibly primarily in the form of turboprops rather than turbojets).Very interesting @Coiler.
I hadn't really though about the organisational consequences of a Hitler victory.
The interesting thing about a Nazi Victorious TL is that it would retard advancements in military technology.
Who needs an Me262 if you haven't got B-17s and B-24s filling your skies, and you've defeated all comers with the Bf109F?
No Panther tanks, V-2s or or SG44s, either.
In the West, the Manhattan project is stillborn.
All the exciting development money would go towards civil projects, in the Reich as much as the non-Reich.
68-Engined dieselpunk airliners flying to Tokyo.
The performance of Heinkel/Pabst von Ohain's turbines were so weedy they would be the high on the RLMs cancellation list, very near the He177 and the Me323.Gas Turbines are fairly likely to come about, simply because much of the technology was being developed for turbochargers, even in peace time.
Having some formations/generals being "task leaders" and others being "Fuehrerprinzips" fits perfectly into both the "massively uneven in terms of quality" and "a good or bad high-level commander has more effect on low-level performance than in a less politicized army" components of political armies.What I am interested in knowing is if the traditional German military doctrinal/tactical emphasis will end up shifting for political reasons.
It seems from my understanding that the Führerprinzip actually gave a fair amount of leeway for underlings to creatively interpret instructions from above and take initiatives accordingly, in accordance with the notion of "working towards the Führer". Hitler's orders were deliberately vague and open to interpretation, so that henchmen could compete with each other to implement them in the way most pleasing to him.However, one of the key points, if not the key point, of Nazi thought was the Fuehrerprinzip - the idea that underlings should unquestioningly and blindly implement the orders of their superiors, leaving little scope for self-interpretation.