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by neil hilton
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85580

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Germany believed the armistice was just temporary, using to reorganise but then the food shortage became critical and forced them to surrender. Germany was never in any position to restart the war, something which should have been blindingly obvious to them at the time, having under the terms of th...
by neil hilton
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85580

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Blas de Lezo! LOL. The battle of Cartagena in 1741 makes him a competent siege general of the period not a great admiral.
Why is he even on the list *facepalm*.
This thread has lost the rudder :?
by neil hilton
Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Kirov vs The Royal Navy (in 1941 !!!)
Replies: 12
Views: 6616

Re: Kirov vs The Royal Navy (in 1941 !!!)

If Kirov in this hypothetical scenario had nukes, the first thing they would do is convert their A/S missiles targeting so they could nuke Berlin and stop Barbarossa before it happened and thus preventing the great patriotic war from happening. For Russia the Cold War was nothing compared to the ago...
by neil hilton
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 65697

Re: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships

British ww2 submarine torps had a warhead of between 725 to 805lb, 18inch airborne torps had a warhead of between 375 and 600lb. Tigerfish has a 750lb warhead and spearfish has 660lb warhead.
by neil hilton
Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 65697

Re: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships

Yamato was sunk by 12" airborne torpedoes and shinano was sunk by 21" submarine torpedoes, massive difference!!! Yamato was sunk by 22.4" Mark 13 torpedoes with warheads containing about 600 lb HBX. Sorry for the typo, I meant 22inch not 12 inch. I didn't realise the warheads were roughly the same ...
by neil hilton
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Top 10 greatest military leaders of all time
Replies: 41
Views: 19638

Re: Top 10 greatest military leaders of all time

How about John Churchill? Never lost a battle and is almost unknown to most.
by neil hilton
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Top 10 greatest military leaders of all time
Replies: 41
Views: 19638

Re: Top 10 greatest military leaders of all time

Zhukovs plan at the Seelow Heights was almost farcical and greatly influenced by his personal desire to get to Berlin before Konev, not the actions of a great general imo.
by neil hilton
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 65697

Re: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships

Quote Neil "First and foremost a ship is a ship. The sea is the real enemy and every time you go to sea you are risking your life, if your ship for whatever reason can't bring you back to shore safely it has failed in its primary task" . I think HMS Glorious fits your criterion Neil and as such is ...
by neil hilton
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 65697

Re: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships

Yamato was sunk by 12" airborne torpedoes and shinano was sunk by 21" submarine torpedoes, massive difference!!!
by neil hilton
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 65697

Re: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships

I suppose this is dependant on your definition of unsuccessful. Maybe somebody should start a new thread on 'most farcical and/or negligent sinkings'
by neil hilton
Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 27192

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

I don't think its a question of whether the USSR could have won on the eastern front without lend lease, it is whether nazi Germany could have won, which I don't think was possible, they were far too overstretched, just like Napoloeon. Germany did not have the resources to blitzkrieg all the way to ...
by neil hilton
Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85580

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Also there was Austria-Hungary, Turkey and the Balkan States all unable to feed themselves and with their agricultural systems disrupted. Remember it takes many months to grow a crop and disruption to the planting, growing and harvesting cycle results in lower yields until the system is secured agai...
by neil hilton
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85580

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Japanese civilians have always been very subservient up until the democratic movement beginning after ww2, i doubt there would be any civil discontent no matter how bad a war became in 1905. Also Japanese military personnel again pre democracy have always been more willing to die for the emperor tha...
by neil hilton
Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85580

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Whether it was the Russian declaration of war or the 2 nukes or a combination of them both which caused japan to surrender in 1945 is just the straw that broke the camels back, Japan was already pretty much smashed flat! In 1905 the Russo Japanese war never touched the mainland, ie the population an...
by neil hilton
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85580

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Would pre extreme right wing Imperial Japan have surrendered without an invasion, they certainly wouldn't in ww2 until 2 nukes were dropped, would Japanese martial machismo have allowed them to surrender, that is what I doubt. I believe the only way to make Japan surrender is to smash them flat, wit...