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by Summoner
Fri Jan 05, 2007 3:58 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Modern surface units
Replies: 9
Views: 3346

In the hypothetical "one-on-one" battles we all love to throw around in the other forum, the sub easily wins hands down in most cases. It enjoys the tactical advantage of stealth, something that no surface ship can totally achieve (though some are now becoming almost invisible to radar, I hear). I t...
by Summoner
Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:21 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Ideal Rheinubung
Replies: 144
Views: 24057

Re: Ideal Rheinubung

It could have been done... And it didn´t need hindsight, just common sense. And a bit of luck, methinks! :think: I'm not sure the British, and to a lesser extent the Allies, would have simply allowed Germany's capital ships to prepare for such an operation unhindered. At the very least, more intell...
by Summoner
Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and the U boat´s
Replies: 30
Views: 9029

Gudbrandur - I can't speak for anyone else but myself, but I am certainly not disputing Iceland's tactical significance in the defense of Great Britain. Viewed simply, if Germany had complete control of Iceland, then they would be able to besiege Great Britain even more than with just the U-boats in...
by Summoner
Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and the U boat´s
Replies: 30
Views: 9029

For you sports fans, think of it this way - if a coach makes a gutsy call, it can either work in his favor or against it. If the play works, the coach is hailed as a genius. If the play fails, the coach is lambasted as an idiot. Operation Rheinubung was one lucky torpedo hit away from being a succes...
by Summoner
Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:10 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: USS INTREPID
Replies: 11
Views: 4310

Karl - Though I haven't been there in years, I highly recommend visiting Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. Not only do you get to see the battleship, but also the WWII submarine USS Lionfish and the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Check out their site at http://www.battleshipcove.com...
by Summoner
Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and the U boat´s
Replies: 30
Views: 9029

Getting back to the subject matter, I think I'll approach this from a different perspective. The two theories I have read on the Bismarck's supposed mission are: 1. To bombard the airport at Reykjavik. 2. To act as a decoy in order for German U-boats to sink British capital ships deployed to chase B...
by Summoner
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory?
Replies: 127
Views: 25924

Sorry, but I'm just not buying the conspiracy theory idea. Yes, there's a lot of evidence that suggests a possible suppression of intelligence. However, interpreted another way, the evidence could also suggest a scenario quite similar to modern times. "Okay, we know the Japanese empire is continuing...
by Summoner
Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battleship Top Ten
Replies: 626
Views: 106194

I wouldn't change much with the lists, but perhaps nominate the following: For most beautiful ships: I'd give a nod to the Iowa class to at least make the top ten. Even if you may not agree based on a side-on view comparison, take a look at one of them from the air (hint: Google Earth *hee hee* :lol...
by Summoner
Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:38 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 8022

I am a former radio repairer, so I may have a little knowledge when it comes to RF and the like. Not sure how much help I would be able to provide, but I can give it a go.... :think:
by Summoner
Sun Aug 06, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Nuclear powered Battleship?
Replies: 187
Views: 80197

With all the reasoning above we might just as use a 17th century ship of the line and add 16" guns and a nuclear reactor. The Iowa's are ancient history. They were obsolote the moment the came of the slipway and have been generally useless. If you have them, why not use them. But storing missiles a...
by Summoner
Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:11 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Nuclear powered Battleship?
Replies: 187
Views: 80197

Regarding the concern of some about the possibility of the reactor being damaged by a missile attack -- why not up-armor the Iowas, specifically in the sections where the reactor will be held? Earlier it was stated that there could be significant weight savings by installing a reactor and not carryi...
by Summoner
Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:38 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Graf Zeppelin found !
Replies: 26
Views: 11312

Thanks very much, Ulrich. Actually, the first link on the history of the Franken -- that's where I got the info to make my guess! :lol: It's a very impressive site! I guess I was just looking for some sort of confirmation from someone that my guess was actually correct. In a way, I was hoping that s...
by Summoner
Wed Aug 02, 2006 3:14 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Graf Zeppelin found !
Replies: 26
Views: 11312

Soooooo......anyone have any info on that mystery ship I mentioned earlier in this thread? I only guessed it was the Franken -- and I myself don't think it was that educated a guess! :wink:
by Summoner
Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Graf Zeppelin found !
Replies: 26
Views: 11312

Ulrich: From what I can gather, the Seydlitz was built in Bremen, not Kiel where GZ was. I thought it might be the first M-Class cruiser from the "Z Plan", but the info I found states that work on those ships was not started until November 1938. At best, the shipyard workers would have only had a mo...
by Summoner
Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:42 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Graf Zeppelin found !
Replies: 26
Views: 11312

In case of Luftwaffe command, then, who on board the ship would retain tactical control of the Air Group? Didn't the Bismarck or Tirpitz have a U-boat liaison officer on board, to assist in coordination with the U-boat arm of the KM? If that's true, I would suppose that a similar arrangement with t...