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by MikeBrough
Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Friedman's The British Battleship
Replies: 0
Views: 1272

Friedman's The British Battleship

Has anyone else bought this? A first glance through and a read of the first three chapters suggest that it's of the usual high standard, with the usual serviceable prose and a good selection of photographs. The amount of important and interesting information in the voluminous photo captions makes fo...
by MikeBrough
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Why was Rodney and Nelson so slow?
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Why was Rodney and Nelson so slow?

I hate to reply to my own post but I posted in haste. The Nelsons had the same speed as the aspirational N3s and were a couple of knots faster than the previous Revenge class. The slightly faster Queen Elizabeths had originally been planned at the 'standard' 21 knots and only rose to 24 due to the w...
by MikeBrough
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Why was Rodney and Nelson so slow?
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Why was Rodney and Nelson so slow?

The post-Jutland lesson, as interpreted by the RN, was that protection and firepower were more important than speed. This led to the design of the G3/N3 classes as the best-protected and hardest-hitting warships in the world. Then came Washington. Something had to give and that something was the mac...
by MikeBrough
Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:45 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Awesome heavy seas footage - PQ 12 covering force?
Replies: 7
Views: 1708

Re: Awesome heavy seas footage - PQ 12 covering force?

What would life have been like on the open hangar deck of a US CV? Doesn't bear thinking about.
by MikeBrough
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tiger V Firefly
Replies: 14
Views: 1608

Re: Tiger V Firefly

I don't have my original sources to hand (they're upstairs and I'm a lazy beggar) but I recall that the 17-pounder firing APDS rounds had better penetration than the German 88, especially the version mounted on the Tiger. I think the APDS round was slightly more inaccurate than the standard APCBC ro...
by MikeBrough
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Friedman's 'Fighting the Great War at Sea'
Replies: 0
Views: 1825

Friedman's 'Fighting the Great War at Sea'

Does anyone know what's going on with this book? I had it on order at Amazon ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1848321899/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2T8I0PV3QHSDP&coliid=I3HHDSIPWAHNQK ) but a couple of days before the re-scheduled publication date, it became unavailable. And n...
by MikeBrough
Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Another Friedman tome
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

Re: Another Friedman tome

Both Amazon sites say 30th August but there's nothing on the Seaforth Publishing site yet.
by MikeBrough
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Another Friedman tome
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

Another Friedman tome

I have to admit that this volume http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1848321899/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE has my juices going. My only concern is that he's churning them out at a great rate of knots at the moment. I hope he can maintain the quality.
by MikeBrough
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Cold War navies
Replies: 4
Views: 1890

Re: Cold War navies

Concentrating on just the RN, there is this book about the Destroyers & Frigates which includes details on the designs that were passed over... http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Destroyers-Frigates-Second-World/dp/1848320159/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389532470&sr=1-2&keyword...
by MikeBrough
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: USS South Dakota at Guadalcanal
Replies: 90
Views: 4800

Re: USS South Dakota at Guadalcanal

I don't understand why Rodney's hit count was so low. I served for a time on Tanks in my state's National Guard. I could have hit Bismark with a tank gun just about every time at that range . Probably about 90% or better. I didn't have to deal with the movement of the Ocean, but my target was compa...
by MikeBrough
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Cold War navies
Replies: 4
Views: 1890

Re: Cold War navies

I think there might be a problem of it being too early here, with so much material on both sides still classified. Fair point. I was heavily involved in WW3 naval wargaming back in the 80s but I've since forgotten everything I ever knew. Now I suspect that even what I did know might not be 100% acc...
by MikeBrough
Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Your favourite Battleship
Replies: 18
Views: 3934

Re: Your favourite BS

paul.mercer wrote:Gentlemen,
Its Warspite for me, I know she was old and did'nt compare with the newer WW2 ships, but what a battle history - in both World Wars!


Same for me and for the same reasons.
by MikeBrough
Sat Dec 07, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Cold War navies
Replies: 4
Views: 1890

Cold War navies

Does anyone know of a good history of the Cold War at sea, preferably focusing on the ships and navies, themselves? I'm looking for something that describes the 'why' of the different classes. What were they designed to do or to counter?
by MikeBrough
Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Comments on Neville Chamberlain made by Republican Senator
Replies: 16
Views: 2273

Re: Comments on Neville Chamberlain made by Republican Senat

[quote="RFIn Britain UKIP is often branded as an offshoot of the Conservative Party and is alleged to be a Conservative vote splitter. Yet it manages to win Labour seats in Labour strongholds where there is no Conservative vote to capture. It wins Lib Dem seats where the Conservatives have prev...
by MikeBrough
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: British Battleships 1889-1904
Replies: 0
Views: 1628

British Battleships 1889-1904

I'm about to place a pre-order for the 3rd volume of Burt's British Battleships ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-1889-1904-R-Burt/dp/1848321732/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0KHTQ1M8BKXQW5EM8MZ6 ) but the description as ' [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Prin...

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