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by frankwl
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:22 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Jutland: 95 years already!
Replies: 37
Views: 11081

Re: Jutland: 95 years already!

Oh darn, I was going to opt out because of RF's unrelenting attacks on me, but I can't resist. It wasn't just unrestricted submarine warfare that brought the U.S. into the First Word War. America had loaned Britain so much money that a German victory would have been a national financial disaster for...
by frankwl
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:38 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: June 6th, 1944: Operation Overlord
Replies: 14
Views: 5846

Re: June 6th, 1944: Operation Overlord

Yes, but they rolled a V2 rocket into a convenient body of water then sat there like gomless peasants saying "What rocket, sir? Seen no rockets sir?" Then took the most important components and sent them to London. Why are you hunting me and attack everything I say? If I offend you I will retire per...
by frankwl
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 8.4.1940 Admiral Hipper v Glow Worm
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

Re: 8.4.1940 Admiral Hipper v Glow Worm

Thanks Tiornu, at least you the post correctly. Makes me glum that I could be so misunderstood.
by frankwl
Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:41 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 156043

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Has anyone ever noticed that when we discuss naval battles South America never seems to come up? While we concentrate on European non-battles apparently South American countries were frequently fighting it out in single ship and fleet actions that would do Nelson or Drake proud. Typical of non Engli...
by frankwl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Midway Anniversary, 68 years ago.
Replies: 22
Views: 8634

Re: Midway Anniversary, 68 years ago.

I have no problems with what I read here about Japan's shortcomings in training, supply, political ineptitude, overall impompetence, etc. but I have to ask, in comparison with what? Their enemies were evidenly more so. The Empire of Japan took half of China, smashed the battle line of the mighty U.S...
by frankwl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: June 6th, 1944: Operation Overlord
Replies: 14
Views: 5846

Re: June 6th, 1944: Operation Overlord

Poland is the most badly abused nation in history as far as recognition is concerned. They knew they couldn't defeat Nazi Germany alone but fought like tigers waiting for the western allies to move and if France had gone east when the Poles won the battle of Mokra the Second World War would never ha...
by frankwl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 116976

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

I've never heard that about the Aleutians operation. Thanks. I should get a copy of Shattered Sword, sounds interesting. I learn something every time I enter this site.
by frankwl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 156043

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

"White founts falling in the courts of the sun and the Soldam of Byzantium is laughing as they run ..." I remember standing in Venice and thinking those lines, surrounded by family who I love dearly, but totally alone and wishing G.K. Chesterton was there. This is Venice! Andrea Adoria. Tegethoff. M...
by frankwl
Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Most Beautiful Dreadnought
Replies: 73
Views: 34005

Re: Most Beautiful Dreadnought

Hi, actually the Yamato and the Iowas are very similar in looks, perhaps reflecting function dominating design. But every time I see I a photo of Yamato I am overwhelmed by its immensity and I forget to look at the aesthetics. I saw the Missouri in my home town harbor once and couldn't believe how b...
by frankwl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Most Beautiful Dreadnought
Replies: 73
Views: 34005

Re: Most Beautiful Dreadnought

Actually I'm a sucker for the old pre-dreadnought, even ironclad, designs. Ungainly, ponderous looking with mismatched calibre guns sticking out all over the place and ram bows they excited my imagination as a boy, and still do.
by frankwl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 116976

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

There's no doubt the Japanese plan for an advance towards Midway was incredibly complex with diversions as far away as the Aleutians. Clausewitz would have had a ball analyzing the dangers of "friction" in an overly complicated scheme.
by frankwl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 8.4.1940 Admiral Hipper v Glow Worm
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

Re: 8.4.1940 Admiral Hipper v Glow Worm

Glowworm represents an ongoing irony of the Royal Navy. Possesed of a preponderance of firepower that could have blown away the German, French, Russian, maybe even the U.S. navy, it always seems to find its finest hours as the underdog. Glowworm versus Hipper? Ridiculous. Acasta steaming suicidally ...
by frankwl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:08 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Most Beautiful Dreadnought
Replies: 73
Views: 34005

Re: Most Beautiful Dreadnought

Hood is always cited as beautiful ship and no arguement, Scharnhost and Gniesnau had beautiful lines that reflected their function as some of the best battle cruisers that ever put to sea. But as an old plastic model builder I love the Iowas, with special reverence for the Missouri. Huge but sleek, ...
by frankwl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: 18th century sailing times eastbound America-England
Replies: 8
Views: 102054

Re: 18th century sailing times eastbound America-England

I'm stunned. Where in hell do you people learn these things? If it wasn't for calendar art the average citizen wouldn't even know that ships once had sails and you're casually discussing the effects of the Gulf Stream on an Atlantic crossing in the 19th Century? God I'm ignorant.
by frankwl
Fri Jun 17, 2011 12:08 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 116976

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

This is such a great site! The contributors are so knowledgeable and I just love reading their opinions, whether I agree or not. And the lack of spurious invective over a difference of opinion is really refreshing. I live in a world where to say HMS Canopus brings just a blank stare and Bismarck is ...