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by mike kemble
Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: MTB 755 - Nore - 21 December 1944
Replies: 2
Views: 1309

MTB 755 - Nore - 21 December 1944

Good morning all. I have been asked to try and find information about an action in The Nore involving MTB 755 on 21st December 1944. I have been through the net with a net but found nothing online.
by mike kemble
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 46823

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

Would the US have stayed out but for Pearl. Impossible to answer but I would guess No. Even if Europe had been over run, The UK conquered, Russia, Africa too and the Middle East. Hitler would not have been satisfied. Roosevelt was already at war with Hitler by supplying the UK with its food, weapons...
by mike kemble
Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

I recently had cause to revisit the Wikipedia page on Capt Walker RN and was appaled and disgusted to see that all my revision had been removed and the filth and lies reinstated. I have been back and revised it again, adding the relevant paragraph from Walker RN page 107 as proof that my 'version' i...
by mike kemble
Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: British Merchant Navy - Unsung Heroes
Replies: 7
Views: 9008

Re: British Merchant Navy - Unsung Heroes

lwd wrote:In general the merchant sailors of all countries are unsung heroes. The Japanese perhaps being the most extreme.
Agreed, but as I said, I am dealing with the British. Thanks for the links.
by mike kemble
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

It may sound harsh but its a question of self preservation. Dont lose your own men for others.
by mike kemble
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: British Merchant Navy - Unsung Heroes
Replies: 7
Views: 9008

Re: British Merchant Navy - Unsung Heroes

I've seen it pointed out a number of times that the US Merchant Marine suffered porportionally more casualties than the US army, navy, or Marines. They simply spent more time in war zones with less to protect them. Not sure of the relevance to this particular thread. I am attempting to awaken peopl...
by mike kemble
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

Did you actually read my thread? It states quite categorically that they were very badly treated, no ship, no pay, atrocious conditions etc. By comparison, US merchant seamen lived lives of luxury by your own admittance. I have been a member of this forum almost since the word go, but I have never s...
by mike kemble
Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: British Merchant Navy - Unsung Heroes
Replies: 7
Views: 9008

British Merchant Navy - Unsung Heroes

Some 35000 merchant seamen lost their lives during the war. The British lost 2,426 ships covering a total tonnage of 11,331,933. It is worth noting that the U Boat losses covered some 30,000 - three quarters of their strength. A casualty rate on board British ships of 85%. 5000 merchant sailors were...
by mike kemble
Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

The U boats lost 75% of crews but do not forget the death toll amongst the merchant navy. 35000 non combatant civilian merchant seamen died at sea. An author wrote in 1942: "On two Sundays towards the end of January, I combed my six Sunday newspapers and failed to find a single word about the Mercha...
by mike kemble
Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

When a U boat proximity warning goes out, everybody moves!! And, there was a u boat in the area, as reported, summoned by Lindemann, for the war diary.
by mike kemble
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

Very good post and wholeheartedly agree. Anti war opinion is out of context here but does influence opinion to the extent of actual lies being told. Walker, for example, was an officer of the 'old school' - he did everything by the book and conscience. He never hated the Germans, even when they kill...
by mike kemble
Tue May 31, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

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by mike kemble
Sun May 29, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 35638

Re: The most beautiful name for a warship?

Spanish ships were named, as stated, mainly after catholic origins, santa maria etc. British ships were according to class of vessel. Look at Walkers ships, Black Swan class sloops, all named after birds. Flower Class vessels all called after flowers, etc. Fancy telling someone you are posted to the...
by mike kemble
Fri May 27, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Wikipedia - Word of Warning
Replies: 21
Views: 12539

Re: Wikipedia - Word of Warning

The difference between Wikipedia and eg: Encyclopedia Brittanica. The former is written by members of the public with their own slant on things. The latter is written by 'proper people' with credentials and qualifications. I recently added two articles, which I had written myself on my own site, abo...
by mike kemble
Fri May 27, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Unluckiest Warship
Replies: 105
Views: 46535

Re: Unluckiest Warship

the one I saw was the actual raising of the ship from the Solent and Naval people were running down the lists of what should be on board, from original manifests, and this included the crew.