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by RF
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Political correctness gone mad?
Replies: 126
Views: 828

Re: Political correctness gone mad?

“Unless we act now, not some time distant but now, these consequences, disastrous as they are, will be irreversible. So there is nothing more serious, more urgent or more demanding of leadership.” I view politicians as professional windbags, the above is typical Tony Blair rhetoric. What politician...
by RF
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 17
Views: 206

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

The RN had 15 battleships and battlecruisers as at 1 September 1939 and around the same number of heavy cruisers. Under the strict criteria identified the KM was entitled to construct 5 and one quarter Bismarks and the same number of Hipper class cruisers. They actually had four battleships either n...
by RF
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 17
Views: 206

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

Agreed, far scarier.

The KM would have done better to have not built the Hipper class cruisers but more of the ''pocket battleships'' instead.
by RF
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 17
Views: 206

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

Apart from being not that well armoured (I do find the title of ''panzerschiffe'' rather bemusing) AGS also had a relatively slow rate of fire for the 11 inch guns. Also the 5.9 inch guns had their own gunnery direction problems - they were totally ineffective at the River Plate battle.
by RF
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 17
Views: 206

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

Ouch! Not much chance for PE then. Was the amour on AGS that much heavier than PE? In my opinion no, Millington-Drakes book details that there was a chance in early September 1939 of the county class cruiser Cumberland meeting AGS, but a chance alteration of course by AGS avoided it, neither ship s...
by RF
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 17
Views: 206

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

Interesting proposition. I think the key here is whoever lands the first heavy hit will win. I was wondering about a hail of shells from 8x8"would obviate the heavier 11", in other words smother the nominally more powerful AGS, knocking out vital systems. I know Exeter only had 6x8" ...
by RF
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 17
Views: 206

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

Interesting proposition.

I think the key here is whoever lands the first heavy hit will win.
by RF
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: World War II tanks
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Re: World War II tanks

As I have observed above, a key factor in this is the numbers of tanks. I think the Germans had the best tanks of WW2 but they lost, partly because they didn't have enough tanks or panzer divisions. If the Germans had matched the Soviet tank production, if the panzer generals and Waffen SS had been ...
by RF
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: World War II tanks
Replies: 6
Views: 895

Re: World War II tanks

I think the best tanks of WW2 were the Soviet T-34 and the German tanks that were spawned indirectly from it, especially the Panther (as you mention) and the Tiger tank. Coupled with the issue of what is ''best'' is the actual numbers of tanks and how they are used. This is important because even th...
by RF
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Political correctness gone mad?
Replies: 126
Views: 828

Re: Political correctness gone mad?

Herr Nilsson wrote:
RF wrote:Basically their strategy is to take control of the political agenda by manipulating and controlling public opinion.


Who is "their"?


Is that not defined in the quotation that I was commenting on?
by RF
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Italian fascism and Italy's WW2 performance
Replies: 0
Views: 17

Italian fascism and Italy's WW2 performance

I have opened this thread to offer a re-evaluation of Italy's WW2 record from the standpoint of the political leadership, political structures and ideologies of Italian fascism On the face of it Benito Mussolini must appear to be the worst war leader of any country in WW2, and as one of my fellow st...
by RF
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Kammhuber's meeting with Hitler
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Kammhuber's meeting with Hitler

Hitler's reaction to the aircraft production figures was the same as that when the Fuhrer was given figures for Soviet tank production. It underlines the weakness of dictators and shows why they lose - they can't deal with somebody who knows what he is talking about and who confronts them with reali...
by RF
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Political correctness gone mad?
Replies: 126
Views: 828

Re: Political correctness gone mad?

Gentlemen, Going back to my original post re political correctness, surely trying to influence children to be 'gender neutral', removing the word 'Christmas' from cards, taking off labels naming children clothes for 'Girls or 'Boys' and doing something similar for men and women's toilets amongst a ...
by RF
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Political correctness gone mad?
Replies: 126
Views: 828

Re: Political correctness gone mad?

I am becoming convinced that global warming is even more complicated than deciding if an arrangement of armour can benefit by yaw enough to balance out the weakening effects of using multiple layers. The issue 'global warming'' is indeed complicated and made more so by the efforts being made to try...
by RF
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 302
Views: 11942

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

In making my comment I was assuming simply that the fatal hit on Bismarck's rudder did not happen. The DS battle would be as it was, leaving Bismarck unable to pursue the commerce war in the Atlantic. The intended meaning here is that Hood was sunk, Bismarck took battle damage and scurried back to p...

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