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by RF
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Hitlers invasion of Russia
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Hitlers invasion of Russia

The detailed plan for Barbarossa was drawn up by General Alfred Marcks, and I think it was the best plan the Germans had with their available resources. This plan identified Moscow as the key target, with Leningrad a secondary target. The problem was that the Fuhrer deviated from the plan with his c...
by RF
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Teleportation: H Classe in place of Bismarck
Replies: 21
Views: 231

Re: Teleportation: H Classe in place of Bismarck

Honestly, if H is ready to go for Rheinübung, than you have either BS or TP available too. So H and BS will go and the short legged Prinz will stay at home, or go to Norway. Then we have a totally different can of worms :lol: Well, yes the thinking here is logical. However my thoughts were what if ...
by RF
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Teleportation: H Classe in place of Bismarck
Replies: 21
Views: 231

Re: Teleportation: H Classe in place of Bismarck

with Marschall in command (instead of Lutjens), I'm not sure Der Fuhrer would not have pursued PoW after Hood sinking in a stern chase (and due to the PoW Y turret jamming , she could have possibly had good chances of finishing her). However, getting other damages in return, disobeying orders and c...
by RF
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Teleportation: H Classe in place of Bismarck
Replies: 21
Views: 231

Teleportation: H Classe in place of Bismarck

As a number of fairly recent topics here have involved teleportation of ships in space and time, I offer for consideration a typical Hitlerian brainstorm: the first H Classe battleship is ready for action in May 1941 and on Hitler's personal order the ship has been named Der Fuhrer ! Der Fuhrer sail...
by RF
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Heinkel HE177
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: The Heinkel HE177

, but the main Luftwaffe role was to help the army capture territory, not engage in long range bomber war. Strategic bombing was to be used on those who couldn't strike back eg Warsaw, Rotterdam etc because they didn't have a bomber force. From 1939 essentially the role of the Luftwaffe was one of ...
by RF
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Heinkel HE177
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: The Heinkel HE177

Dave Saxton wrote:The HE177 was a four engine bomber that had a long agonizing development beginning in 1938


Work on a long range strategic bomber should have been started a lot earlier than 1938.

Failure to develop such a weapon was in my view one of the major strategic military blunders by Hitler.
by RF
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Heinkel HE177
Replies: 16
Views: 325

Re: The Heinkel HE177

I don't see that an operational HE 177 could have been of much use to the KM. Italian experience of using high level bombers in the Med illustrates that it would not be an accurate weapon against ships. Its possible use as a dive bomber I find difficult to take seriously. What the KM really needed w...
by RF
Fri May 12, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1583

Re: Battle of the Bulge

Not only Germany but also the whole of Austria and quite likely Denmark as well. In that scenario the Cold War in Europe would be much more in favour of Stalin and his successors - Finland would be communist and Sweden and Norway also sucked into the Soviet ambit. With Soviet forces on the borders o...
by RF
Wed May 10, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1583

Re: Battle of the Bulge

As I understand it Hitler was sufficiently astute in October 1944 to realise that while a substantial counter stroke in the West would have an impact because the Allied Expeditionary Force was at the limit of its supplies, a similar assault in the East would have no impact at all on the Soviet Army ...
by RF
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1583

Re: Battle of the Bulge

The thing is with flak - a mass stuka attack would aim at knocking out the AA not just with bombs but with the tank busting 3.7 cm guns they carried, Once this is done the ground forces are exposed.
by RF
Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Air war Europe- 1944

In terms of the technical and strategic errors by the Luftwaffe mentioned at the end of the previous post, this is somewhat negative analysis in that identifying the errors is done without any suggestion as to what should have been done instead to try and improve the situation. By that I do not mean...
by RF
Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons series.
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons series.

I have seen some of the programmes in this series, but not the one on Bismarck. At least two of these programmes feature Japanese weapons including Yamato. UK, the Japs were Axis allies of the Nazis but the Japanese were not Nazi themselves like for example Antonescu in Romania. Japan operated total...
by RF
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: 1943 German raid on the Isle of Wight
Replies: 1
Views: 175

1943 German raid on the Isle of Wight

Last year a book was published about an alleged German commando raid in the summer of 1943 launched from Alderney with Ventnor radar station on the Isle of Wight as the target. The purpose of the raid was to seize the cathode ray tubes and other equipment to help the Germans counteract Allied radar....
by RF
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction
Replies: 15
Views: 751

Re: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction

tommy303 wrote:Was not Titanic's designer Thomas Andrews?


Yes, it was - sorry it was a typo error on my part.
by RF
Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction
Replies: 15
Views: 751

Re: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction

Even Titanic with much less subdivision requires about 2,5 h to sink This is particulary interesting. When the Titanics' designer Phillips told Captain Smith around 23.55 on 14 April that the ship was mortally damaged and would founder (15 minutes after iceberg strike) Captain Smith replied by aski...

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