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by neil hilton
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 180032

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Can I ask a very basic question here. In what way was the Battle of Jutland historically significant beyond the scale of forces deployed? The outcome did not change the existing pre-battle situation. In my view the Battle of Corenel was more historically significant than Jutland - leading to the ''...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:34 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

I'm not sure of this but I think the reason why the Canadians were picked for the dieppe raid was that one of their generals volunteered them because he was a bit of a glory hound. Also one great lesson learned at Dieppe was the need of combined operations cooperation. Before Dieppe every nation in ...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:26 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

And also RASing (replenishment at sea) which allowed global operations without having to have a shore base every few thousand miles. Some navies such as the RN were rather slow to take this up. In the case of the RN it was left to Churchill to ask why. The RN had naval bases scattered all over the ...
by neil hilton
Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 180032

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

the battle leyte gulf maybe an engagement but it could be and exception from other naval engagement. first, in the american side, the seventh fleet and third fleet primary aim is to guard the landing invasion in leyte. second, japanese side, the northern force and southern force primary aim is to t...
by neil hilton
Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 12579

Re: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)

Pretty much. The Harpoon missile does have a "pop-up" feature. In the last few of its approach, it goes from a sea-skimming profile to a quick climb, then dives almost straight-down on the target at over 600 kts. The warhead is considerable - 221kg of modern explosive, as opposed to Bismarck 's 15"...
by neil hilton
Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 12579

Re: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)

So if the torps won't work against Hood I can't see Arleigh Burke being able to do much against Hood even with its full ammo load out.
by neil hilton
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 12579

Re: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)

Im pretty sure the mod 5 mk 46 is capable of attacking surface targets.
by neil hilton
Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)
Replies: 19
Views: 12579

Re: HMS Hood VS Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Guns ONLY)

Arleigh Burke s 5in pop gun would only ever be able to cause superficial damage to Hoods superstructure , it would never be able to penetrate anywhere vital, whereas a single 15in hit from could sink Arleigh Burke or at least mission kill her. Arleigh Burkes electronics would be easily knocked out b...
by neil hilton
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Best cruisers of WWII and the best use of cruisers
Replies: 171
Views: 71867

Re: Best cruisers of WWII and the best use of cruisers

This is too narrow a set of definitions. A battleship for example may not have a purely combat role. I know it's a narrow set of definitions but some order should be put on this otherwise we end up with endless arguments like this. And while I do like a really good argument In my opinion this is no...
by neil hilton
Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Best cruisers of WWII and the best use of cruisers
Replies: 171
Views: 71867

Re: Best cruisers of WWII and the best use of cruisers

All this arguing about categorisation of warships is just pedantry. A protected cruiser is just a cruiser with a better internal protection system, a belted cruiser has an armoured belt along its sides, a fast battleship is just another BB but a bit quicker, a coastal battleship has less endurance. ...
by neil hilton
Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Most Beautiful Dreadnought
Replies: 73
Views: 37383

Re: Most Beautiful Dreadnought

In my opinion the best looking battleships are from the era before airpower. No unsightly boxlike aircraft hangars on the deck nor strewn with AAA mounts. They looked cleaner and better balanced, visually speaking.
by neil hilton
Mon May 07, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Historical Naval actions that would make good movies?
Replies: 70
Views: 45087

Re: Historical Naval actions that would make good movies?

Lepanto and even some of the naval battles of the Punic Wars would have both naval heroics and some seriously bloody close combat scenes. Also, from the modern era were long range gunnery became the essence of naval war then such close up gunnery actions like the Narvik battles (crowded by Norwegian...
by neil hilton
Tue May 01, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Historical Naval actions that would make good movies?
Replies: 70
Views: 45087

Re: Historical Naval actions that would make good movies?

Naval war films I'd like to see.

Savo Island.
North Cape.
Vella Lavella.
2nd Sirte.
1st and 2nd Narvik rolled into one movie.
Lepanto.
Jutland.
Dogger Bank.
Coronel and Falklands rolled into one movie.
by neil hilton
Tue May 01, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Top Ten World War II Movies
Replies: 18
Views: 20284

Re: Top Ten List: Best WW2 movies

IMO best ww2 war movies in no particular order.

The Cruel Sea.
We Dive at Dawn.
When Trumpets Fade.
The Bridge AT Remagen
Murphys War.
The Thin Red Line.
Das Boot.
Where Eagles Dare.
Cross of Iron.
by neil hilton
Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Ship data statistics needed
Replies: 5
Views: 6972

Re: Ship data statistics needed

Yes, I was thinking of applying a simple multiplication factor to the armour thickness depending on the quality of the armour with respect to a standard, in this case Krupp Cemented Plate.