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by neil hilton
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

A few months is a little too quick I think (it would probably take that long just to plan such an operation) but a few years may be too slow as it would be doubtful the Japanese could destroy the US fleet rather than forcing it to retreat. I was erring on the side of caution. Also considering the ev...
by neil hilton
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 48285

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

It's a mystery to me as to just how complacent the US in particular was about allowing the USSR to overrun Eastern Europe. Well of course there wasn't much choice about the actual physical overrunning, if Germany was to be defeated. But the ensuing total domination of those nations (with the except...
by neil hilton
Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I disagree. If the US had lost the Leyte Gulf campaign it would have set the war against Japan back a few years while a new fleet was prepared and troops trained. If the Greeks had lost at Salamis they would not have been able to recover and the Persians would be able to control Greece easily, what ...
by neil hilton
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I have some sympathy with both sides of this argument. Leyte is never referred to, as far as I'm aware, as anything other than a battle. If it was a campaign you'd be able to point to specific engagements, each individually named, as being the battles fought as part of that campaign. And what do yo...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:15 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I think the problem with this how it was reported in the press. BATTLE FOR LEYTE GULF is a good newspaper headline CAMPAIGN FOR LEYTE GULF isnt. Same with the Battle of the Atlantic which is clearly a campaign and yet everybody calls it a battle because thats what the ordinary man in the street unde...
by neil hilton
Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest Warship Name Ever
Replies: 98
Views: 49986

Re: Greatest Warship Name Ever

If my memory serves me right the first ship named Enterprize was English, note the spelling. It think she was a race built galleon and took part against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
by neil hilton
Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

A campaign is a strategic operation which has one or more battles in it classified as high intensity tactical engagements, it is the battles purpose to defeat the enemy forces and the campaigns purpose to direct the strategic motives. Eg the Guadalcanal campaign was to control the island of Guadalca...
by neil hilton
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

further, if you will consider Midway as a battle but since the overall plan was conceived by admiral nimitz and delegated it to admiral fletcher as the overall commander of midway that makes Midway a campaign and not a battle. again my friend lets not confuse the issue of definitions what is a batt...
by neil hilton
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

The battle of leyte gulf is truly naval battle caused naval ships truly engage in battle and you cannot find in any naval battle, aircraft carriers were sunk by naval fire, its only in leyte gulf. in the atlantic...i dont consider it as a battle..why?? cause majority sunk are merchant ships..if i w...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Of course this is just my opinion, it does make sense though?
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

For those who dont know the difference between a battle and a campaign. A battle is a single engagement conducted over a specific piece of terrain and under the command of a single on site commander commanding a single cohesive force. A campaign is a series of battles linked by a common goal and und...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 10 moments that changed the course of the war at sea
Replies: 117
Views: 21162

Re: 10 moments that changed the course of the war at sea

The first Americans to see active combat in the European theatre of World War II were forty-four enlisted men and five officers from the 1st Ranger Battalion. Dispersed among the Canadians and the British commandos, these men were the first American ground soldiers to see action against the Germans ...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

With the grand fleet up on blocks a lot of the cruisers used to maintain the blockade probably would be drawn in to protect the east coast of Britain thus weakening any blockade.
by neil hilton
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 10 moments that changed the course of the war at sea
Replies: 117
Views: 21162

Re: 10 moments that changed the course of the war at sea

RF wrote: The same was true of the US, as a couple of Ranger battalions were deployed in two side operations away from the main assault, which were also more succesful.
The subsidiary ops were carried out by No3 and No4 Commandos of the Royal Marines.
by neil hilton
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 179857

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I think only with virtual annihilation of the Home Fleet can the Germans break Britains' blockade. Now that would have made Jutland the greatest battle of all. Even if the High Seas Fleet only damages most of the Grand Fleets BBs so they in drydock for a year or so then the blockade is lifted and G...