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by Francis Marliere
Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 13727

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

Alecsandros, I'm pretty sure that I have read that several times, but I can't unfortunately remember where. As you say, AGS would be hard pressed against the US ships, since they are individually far better than British ones (9 x 8" plus 30 x 6" guns against 6 x 8" and 16 x 6"). Yet I don't understa...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 13727

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

Gentlemen,

as far as I know, Admiral Graf Spee was no longer capable of his best speed during the Battle of the River Plate. Due to his dirty hull and worn out engine, the ship could only steam at 24 or 25 knots.

Best regards,

Francis
by Francis Marliere
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Sinking of French Fleet
Replies: 45
Views: 7711

Re: Sinking of French Fleet

I would add that conversion between French metric system and british imperial system might complicate the whole damn thing ... I guess that the bigger the gun the bigger the problem : HMS Delhi was rearmed during the war with US 5"/38 guns. I imagine that rearming Richelieu with 2 14" quad would be ...
by Francis Marliere
Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Sinking of French Fleet
Replies: 45
Views: 7711

Re: Sinking of French Fleet

If the option of rearming with British guns is taken - the most likely solution I would have thought - would it have taken any longer than arming the POW? If the timescale starts early August 1940 then possibly these ships could have been commissioned into full service slightly earlier than the POW...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Sinking of French Fleet
Replies: 45
Views: 7711

Re: Sinking of French Fleet

yes, I know that. The problem is that, as you say, Britain ha,s in the dark years of 1940-1941, little industrial power to spare. I would add that French used a lot of different shells (380 mm, 340 mm, 330 mm, 305 mm, 203 mm, 155 mm, 152 mm, 4 kinds of 138 mm, 3 kinds of 130 mm 3 of 100 mm, 90 mm an...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Washington
Replies: 229
Views: 33354

Re: Washington

May I elaborate on some of your points Canyon DS. The poor mounting position of the SG antenna (in front of the tower bidge structure) was the result of the need to keep the transmission lines/wave guides between antenna and transmitter as short as possible. The British faced the same limitation wi...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Sinking of French Fleet
Replies: 45
Views: 7711

Re: Sinking of French Fleet

I would question that the French ships would get priority over PoW. Actually the British yards had nothing to work with. Not a single screw would fit. Regards Ede I would like to point out that French guns could not, as far as I know, use British ammunitions (British 15" shells and French 380 mm we...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Radars of USS Chicago
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Re: Radars of USS Chicago

Thanks !
by Francis Marliere
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

Yes, and a good window fo an invasion would be difficult to find. German need good visibility for air operations, flat calm sea for the convoy as well as favorable tide for the landing. Since the barges are very low, the sea must be calm for a long time.
by Francis Marliere
Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

During the evacuation, Ju87s attacked only in 2 or 3 days, because of bad weather. Gentlemen, I would like to point out once again that if Ju 87 could attack only 2 or 3 days during the Dunkirk evacuation because of bad weather, they may not be able to destroy every British ship attempting to attac...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

Dave, I fear that crossing the Channel during darkness would be a very difficult task. I even wonder if it is possible : towed barges are awfully slow and may not reach English coast before daylight. I can't imagine that towing vessels could navigate accurately and many barges would be lost to colli...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

I disagree - if the timescale had been followed with the diligence and urgency required then the RAF could have been destroyed within a week in July 1940. In reality the Battle of Britain only started more than two months after the completion of the Dunkirk evacuations. In that intervening ten week...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

Alecsandros, I understand - and respect - your point of view, but don't share it. Of course, everything - even the most stupid mistakes (see the battle of France) - can happen during war, but I am inclined to think that a German invasion had very little chances to succeed. German were not just plain...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

That makes ~ 900 dive bombers with ~ 750 operational. Plus, the article does not include Luftflotte 1 and 4... I think that the difference between the oob lays wether Ju88 are listed as bombers or dive-bombers. They were not, as far as I know, true dive-bombers since they could not dive at 70°, but...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

Alecsandros, are you really sure of the 1.000 dive-bombers ? It seems to me a bit 'high'. Please have a look at what I quickly found on Internet : http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battleofbritain.htm At the start of the war, Germany had 4,000 aircraft compared to Britain's front-line strength of...