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by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 10161

I will add to this list the invasion of the southern France in June 1940. The italian army was stopped by the "Armée des Alpes", which was fighting on two front (it is the first time Hitler helped Mussolini). The war began by a fiasco. The fiasco started with the Italians in Benghazi shoo...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The best turret arragement?
Replies: 22
Views: 6197

Another aspect to this is the rate of fire per gun. Moreguns/bigger turrets mean more weight - a 2 gun turret that could fire twice as fast as a three gun turret - I don't know whether this is feasible as I am not an engineer - would presumably be the way to develop matters. Modern day frigates etc....
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Modern Pirates
Replies: 2
Views: 982

Looks like a job for a Q-Ship - give the pirates a taste of their own medicine!
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: German shipyard construction efficiency
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

German shipyard construction efficiency

Looking at the history of German destroyers during WW2 I have noticed the length of time involved between being laid down, launching and commissioning. Often a period of more than two years was involved. Some U-Boats and major surface ships also had very long lead times, was Raeder aware of this app...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hilfskreuzer Coburg
Replies: 2
Views: 1268

Hilfskreuzer Coburg

Most listings of the German WW2 hilfskreuzer give ten ships, including the Togo/Korenel. There was also the Hansa, which never finished conversion. I have also come across the name Coburg and 'Ship No. 5'. Does anybody know anything about a Coburg, was it one of these ten ships or was it a project t...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:58 am
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Diesel engined battleships
Replies: 18
Views: 13680

Diesel engined battleships

Does anybody know if the Germans (or anybody else) seriously considered using exclusive diesel engine drive for battleships? I am not an engineer so I am not familiar with the precise technical requirements. However the Riechsmarine had the diesel technology to develop the Panzershiffe in 1931, is i...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:40 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 10161

Who was it that pushed for the invasion of the Soviet Union, Hitler or Mussolini? Who was the useless ally? Mussolini wasn't even told of the attack on the Soviet Union until it had started! Hitler intended to crush the Soviet Union without needing any help from the Italians (or the Japanese). Tior...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:19 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 17413

Note that in the 27 May battle the KGV also suffered from the same type of gunnery problems as POW although not as bad. At that battle it didn't matter, but if it was down to KGV and POW facing Bismarck/Tirpitz at the Denmark Strait I think they would both be sunk - the German Fleet Commander could ...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:01 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory?
Replies: 127
Views: 17998

Coming back to the original premise, if it were the case that a US President deliberately allowed his country to be attacked, involving substantial losses of material and human lives, in full prior knowledge of that attack - then he would be in clear breach of his Oath of Office, namely to protect a...
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:32 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 10161

In response to Tiornu I think the usefulness of an ally is what they can do to win the war that you are fighting alongside them. Mussolini went to war without expecting to do any serious fighting, and it backfired on him. The bravery of Italian, Roumanian and Hungarian forces etc. is not in question...
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:29 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: YAMATO
Replies: 11
Views: 1954

According to US Navy engineering reports in 1946 the rate of fire of the Yamato class was about one salvo every two to two and a half minutes.
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:26 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 10161

If Spain attacked Gibraltar the immediate British response would be to seize the weakly defended Canary Islands, which would then act as a replacement base for Gibraltar, with considerable airfield capacity. No I think Spain would be even more of a military liability to Germany than the Italians - t...
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:13 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 17413

I would have thought that sending Hood, Repulse and POW to face Bismarck, Tirpitz and Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Strait battle is absolute folly - the entire British force, including Norfolk and Suffolk, would be sunk! The German Fleet Commander, be it Lutjens, Marschall or Ciliax would firstly be a...
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:32 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: YAMATO
Replies: 11
Views: 1954

How long does it take to sink one of the British ships? The other could land hits while this is happening - the Yamato 18.1 inch guns had a very slow rate of fire and these super-sledghammers might have been as effective against KGV as Graf Spees' 11 inch guns were against Ajax and Achilles. Rodney ...
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: IJN vs. US Navy
Replies: 3
Views: 1331

In this scenario of surface fleet battles the Japs should win, but there again on paper they should have won at Midway - there is always the unexpected and the naval equivalent of 'sods law.' In any case even if the US surface fleet was completely wiped out their submarine fleet would still sink mos...

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