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by Bgile
Tue May 17, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 42285

Re: World best soldiers ever

The US Army division size had nothing to do with a fear of German soldiers. It had to do only with desired tactical employment. Please show us something which said they made them that size because they were afraid of Germans. It's common dictum that you need at least 3:1 odds on the attack. It has n...
by Bgile
Tue May 17, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: May 10
Replies: 104
Views: 17442

Re: May 10

If you actually read about the coalition agreement, you will see that there was no authorization to go past the Iraqi border. There were no military plans to do so. No lines on a map with phase lines, no supply organization, nothing. The Arab cooperation was dependent on not invading Iraq. It's as s...
by Bgile
Mon May 16, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Kriegsmarine
Replies: 151
Views: 20350

Re: How would you improve the Kriegsmarine

The British might not "need" as many KGVs as soon, but they would have built them anyway. They wanted parity with the signatories of the relevant treaties.
by Bgile
Mon May 16, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 17356

Re: German tanks

alecsandros wrote:
dunmunro wrote: The KV-85 became operational in Sept 1943.
You are probably thinking of Su-85.. Which had a frontal armor of 45mm... ?
No, he is thinking of the KV-85, which was a tank.

Then of course there is the IS-2 ...
by Bgile
Mon May 16, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck vs. Iowa
Replies: 322
Views: 56191

Re: Bismarck vs. Iowa

If you read this thread, that's a continously debated subject and there is no easy answer.
by Bgile
Mon May 16, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: The "best" and "worst" US military commanders
Replies: 5
Views: 4973

Re: The "best" and "worst" US military commanders

The Civil War is really in a categoy all it's own. Among the best I would include J.E.B. Stuart, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Stonewall Jackson, William Sherman, and John Reynolds. Honorable mention to Phillip Sheridan, Joshua Chamberlain and George Armstrong Custer. As far as I know LeMay never led troo...
by Bgile
Sun May 15, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Tirpitz' Radar
Replies: 60
Views: 18485

Re: Tirpitz' Radar

I think most modern surface search radars and therefore their ppi displays rotate at a sweep every two seconds or so. I wonder why they go so much slower than the German one, which would have the advantage of painting the contacts more often. The antennas are much larger than the Berlin antenna, so ...
by Bgile
Sun May 15, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 26400

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

Let's do a breakdown here: 1. In the general (overall) view not single allied country (power) could have defeated the germans alone. Not the soviets, not the british, not the US. The combination of the three was just as exact to defeat them. 2. The US defeated almost alone (we must consider the sou...
by Bgile
Sun May 15, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Tirpitz' Radar
Replies: 60
Views: 18485

Re: Tirpitz' Radar

You are correct ... I did misunderstand and confused two types of radar in your sentence. What was the range of Berlin against a destroyer size target? Most modern surface search radars are much larger and rotate more slowly. I believe the SPS10, for example normally rotated at about 20 rpm. Some ES...
by Bgile
Sun May 15, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Tirpitz' Radar
Replies: 60
Views: 18485

Re: Tirpitz' Radar

Berlin S did not use a conventional antenna. It was a small plastic radome. It was not yet available in Dec 1943, but was apparently only a couple of months away. They did all that with a small plastic radome? And today we need a large rotating antenna about 4 to 6 feet across depending on the vers...
by Bgile
Sat May 14, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 17356

Re: German tanks

Steve, the Tiger has the edge anyways, as it was capable of perforating most of M36's frontal armor from over 1500m. Of course it does. My point is that you could build a lot more M36s than you could build Tigers, and the M36 could readily destroy a Tiger at common Europen battlefield ranges. The p...
by Bgile
Sat May 14, 2011 3:38 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 17356

Re: German tanks

This is really funny. Karl is determined to prove that a 77 ton Jagtiger was more powerful than a 30 ton Sherman Firefly. I agree, Karl. They were more powerful than a Sherman Firefly. There were about 85 of them produced in total. It definitely proves that you can build something 2 1/2 times larger...
by Bgile
Thu May 12, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 17356

Re: German tanks

Shermans and T-34s were essentially equal in Korea. Each could destroy the other at common battlefield ranges.
by Bgile
Thu May 12, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: May 10
Replies: 104
Views: 17442

Re: May 10

On the other hand, the Germans failed to stop the British army from escaping across the channel. That is true. But the premise was the invasion of France only, concluding in the Armistice of 22 June 1940. That was a limited premise, as obviously the operation failed to finish the war. Or prevent th...
by Bgile
Thu May 12, 2011 6:31 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 17356

Re: German tanks

I suspect Karl would argue that the Tiger I was better than the JSII and the Pershing.

Actually US commanders in the field opposed introduction of the Pershing, which is why it took so long to get into production. They favored the combination of Shermans and M10 and later M36 tank destroyers.