10% is a pretty big difference when you're working over large numbers.
>The problem with that is for that to have worked, the Germans would have had to have sided with the Chinese over the Japanese - because Japan literally could not wait any longer.
The Germans should have done that anyway. Japan would have done exactly what it did with or without an alliance with Germany: sacrificing good relations with China and more relevantly giving American politicians a good excuse to engage in actual hostilities rather than economic hostilities for no actual benefit was utterly retarded. Also allying with Japan made it even harder to offer favourable terms to the UK to quit the war.
>Alternatively, Japan could have chosen the Northern Path (attack Russia) in the 'Meeting of Five Generals', and the US would have backed them to start with (and had already pledged to, conditionally) since the US was still pissed off at the Reds at that point.
Japan tried that in 1939 and failed pretty badly and I think you're overestimating how much the US would have been willing to back a major strategic opponent. Unless you mean many years earlier than that.
WW2 being delayed until 1941 would have been important for Italy being way better positioned and probably for the Soviets shooting even more of their competent officers. Might have resulted in a stronger France though.
>German industry would have been far-better prepared for full-on war
German industry would have been far better prepared if it was put on a total war footing before mid-1943. Only after Stalingrad did Germany go full total war industrially and not even immediately after that
, before that there was a surprising emphasis on mixed industry and consumer goods. There were other issues fucking german logistics too, and huge amounts of bureaucratic infighting, but it's insane how late proper mobilisation of the entire population for industry, not throwing the old, young and lame into combat as was done later
and industry was done. Not going for total war would have meant a better economy post war, compared to e.g. the UK which was economically ruined, but that only applies if you actually survive the war in the first place.
>And for decades Germany was propped up as some kind of an ultimate war machine churning out Panzers of Death that was about to consume the world in eternal darkness, if not for good ol' All 'merican elbow grease and heroism. And they had to both prop up a false image of the Third Reich and significantly downplay the potency and competency of American industry.
In part this was also used to prepare the West Germans for resisting to the death a potential Warsaw pact tank invasion: similar myth (German tanks were amazing but outproduced by Soviet numbers) but this time the burgers were going to be on the German side so it'd be different.