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by aurora
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: World War II tanks
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: World War II tanks

The BritishComet tank, mounting the new 77 mm HV gun in a new lower profile and part-cast turret. This gun was effective against late war German tanks, including the Panther and, at most ranges, the Tiger. The tank was widely respected as one of the best British tanks of the war, and continued in se...
by aurora
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Replies: 10
Views: 887

Re: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

SOUTH DAKOTA sustained at least 26 projectile hits. It is estimated that one hit was 5-inch, six were 6-inch, eighteen were 8-inch and one was 14-inch. The calibre of these hits was estimated from the damage produced and fragments recovered of one projectile. In many cases the size of the entry hole...
by aurora
Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Use of smoke screens at ports
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Use of smoke screens at ports

Numerous reports indicate that the Germans have found the use of smoke screens at night to have considerable protective value against enemy bombing attack. This has been particularly true of the coastal areas, where unscreened coastlines offer a ready means of calculating distances accurately. In in...
by aurora
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1847

Re: Battle of the Bulge

I have to admit RF- that I have found no evidence of US troops being subjected to sustained attacks by Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers during operations in NW Europe.Therefore I am unable to say whether they or would not be able to maintain a stand; but I have to say that they would probably put up a hellu...
by aurora
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1847

Re: Battle of the Bulge

At Sedan-the Luftwaffe cowed the defenders, breaking them psychologically. The gunners, the backbone of the defences, had abandoned their positions by the time the German ground assault had begun. The cost to the Luftwaffe was just six aircraft, three of which were Ju 87s. The French 55th Infantry D...
by aurora
Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1847

Re: Battle of the Bulge

General George S. Patton directed three of his divisions in eastern France to make a 90-degree turn and highball north, stem the enemy advance, and relieve the “Screaming Eagles” at Bastogne. Despite logistical nightmares, bitter weather, and icy roads, an entire corps, about 60,000 men, was moved t...
by aurora
Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1847

Re: Battle of the Bulge

Beginning on Dec. 22, 1944, the American Third Army counterattacked successfully at Bastogne. The German offensive was stopped. On Jan. 1, 1945, the German troops launched an offensive in the region of Strasbourg with the objective of diverting the Allied forces. Although the Allies succeeded in sto...
by aurora
Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: The civil war in Syria
Replies: 5
Views: 2471

Re: The civil war in Syria

The US are making one helluvs mess with their air strikes-more and more civilian deaths today

aurora
by aurora
Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria

Hi alecsandros-it would seem that you may well be right-both ships you mention are shown in a book of mine as having suffered D1 damage-splinter damage presumably. :ok:

aurora
by aurora
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria

Not that I am aware of alecsandros-the only RN ship damaged in this action was Gloucester-hit by bomb or bombs-she had to retire.

aurora
by aurora
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria

"At 15:59 two shells from Giulio Cesare fell very close to Warspite. Almost immediately after one of Warspite's 15" (381 mm) rounds hit the rear deck of Giulio Cesare, setting off the stored ammunition for one of her 37 mm anti-aircraft guns." I agree with "straddling is good sho...
by aurora
Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria

Vice Admiral Cunningham's fleet steamed toward Taranto, in order to cut Italian's return route and at noon on 9 July the two fleets were 90 miles apart. Cunningham could not close the distance to engage with the significantly slower Royal Sovereign and Malaya (18 knots vs 28 knots) and took Warspite...
by aurora
Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scheer's shooting 5/11/40
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Scheer's shooting 5/11/40

Thank you Dave-that will do for me-one wonders where these so called archives get their information.

aurora
by aurora
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scheer's shooting 5/11/40
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Scheer's shooting 5/11/40

I have to agree but Scheer did fire off 339 shells in her encounter with Jervis Bay-some may well have been AP; but HC/HEs would have been more appropriate for a relatively "soft" skinned vessel as Jervis bay undoubtedly was.


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by aurora
Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scheer's shooting 5/11/40
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Scheer's shooting 5/11/40

Another Account Aware now of the rapid approach of the British warship, Captain Krancke ordered all his guns to bear on the Jervis Bay." By the third salvo", the German gunners had found their range. An 11-inch armour-piercing shell weighs over 600 pounds. It is a fearful thing to consider...

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