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by iankw
Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:42 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Jutland recurrent themes
Replies: 51
Views: 14599

Re: Jutland recurrent themes

He had also told the Admiralty beforehand that he would always turn away rather than risk torpedoes/mines.

regards

Ian
by iankw
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Read about or do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3118

Re: Read about or do?

Many thanks to both Vic and Bgile. Excellent posts there, that really gave me an insight into life aboard a vessel.

Brilliant :)

Ian
by iankw
Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia
Replies: 67
Views: 5543

Re: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia

ditto that.

Ian
by iankw
Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Hiroshima and Olimpic
Replies: 94
Views: 8436

Re: Hiroshima and Olimpic

Vic, I asherly agree with you that the bombs were dropped to make a point to Stalin. However, I am not at all convinced that the alternative would have been better for the Japanese people. I don't think an invasion by the Allies was necessary either, a blockade could be very strictly enforced I'm su...
by iankw
Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: New Poll: critical moment for Germany
Replies: 239
Views: 15146

Re: New Poll: critical moment for Germany

Having stated the general principles of winning any battle, are you going to give any details? The paratroops for instance - it seems they know the area better than the troops stationed there, since they are going to destroy pillboxes and disrupt the communications that they know all about, and they...
by iankw
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:25 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 22568

Re: Marschall instead of Lutjens

What about that.......(that would be really a nightmare for Mr. Churchill).


Not to mention the hundreds, if not thousands, of merchant sailors who would have drowned as a result. Lucky old Churchill I say!!

Ian
by iankw
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Read about or do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3118

Re: Read about or do?

Indeed they were - when the different factions could agree that is. :)

Ian
by iankw
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia
Replies: 67
Views: 5543

Re: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia

I guess we are going to have to agree to differ about Iraq. My feelings are that, whilst Saddam was a very unpleasant leader towards his own people, he was not an international threat. The attack on Iraq was floated as a part of the war on terror (and who can disagree with waging that war?), but in ...
by iankw
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia
Replies: 67
Views: 5543

Re: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia

"On what basis would it take the pressure off Al Qaeda? " By taking resources away from the war on terror for one. I would imagine that now Iraq is a base for terrorist groups there is a lot more activity to try and keep track of - that is just a random thought, not based on any other info...
by iankw
Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Read about or do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3118

Re: Read about or do?

Well 40 years ago, in my area of England (Derbyshire), the army was viewed by the left wing as a tool of the rich, to be used when required against the working classes. Defending your country is, of course, a totally different kettle of fish, and relegates other thoughts to the rubbish bin. regards ...
by iankw
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Read about or do?
Replies: 20
Views: 3118

Re: Read about or do?

I was far too left wing in my youth to even dream of joining the armed forces, plus I'd probably be seasick. Oh for those simpler days when everything was black and white!!!!!

regards

Ian
by iankw
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia
Replies: 67
Views: 5543

Re: Russian (Soviet?) war on Georgia

I agree with much of what you first wrote Karl (shock, horror), but not the Al Qaeda bit, which you seem to have taken on board. However I think it goes deeper than that. I was initially in favour of the invasion (that's what it was) or Iraq, for maybe 24 hours, when all the fireworks were going off...
by iankw
Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:45 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 22568

Re: Marschall instead of Lutjens

I've read the twists and turns of this thread with interest, and observed the changes (or evolution?) of people's opinions along the way. A lot has been made of the threat of Glorious' aircraft to the German ships, and the obvious need to attack once they had been spotted. Obviously D'Oyly Hughes wa...
by iankw
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: New Poll: critical moment for Germany
Replies: 239
Views: 15146

Re: New Poll: critical moment for Germany

Ditto RNfanDan. Vic, I find it hard to understand how someone who posts some really incisive posts re many topics can come up with a scenario for the invasion of Britain that relies on throwing so many 6s. I haven't seen one post that refutes any of lwd's points, only restatements of the same optimi...
by iankw
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Operation Unthinkable
Replies: 20
Views: 2666

Re: Operation Unthinkable

If you read Churchill's history of the second world war it becomes apparent that he was well aware of the threat from the Russians. After Italy he, allegedly, suggested that the war be continued through Austria but this was gainsaid by the Americans and Russians. I have mentioned this previously and...

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