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by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:01 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory?
Replies: 127
Views: 20071

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: 11285

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: 2192

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: 11285

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: 18261

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: 2192

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: 1457

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...
by RF
Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:50 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Allied submarine operations in the Pacific
Replies: 4
Views: 3056

Don't forget the non-Japanese Axis ships/subs also sunk in the Far East theatre by Allied subs, such as the hilfskreuzer Michel.
by RF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Belfast V Zara
Replies: 5
Views: 1723

I don't have much confidence in the Italians.

How about the Haguro instead?
by RF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HK Pinguin + HK Atlantis vs. HMS Cornwall
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

The hilfskreuzer were not designed to fight real warships, certainly not above 6 inch guns level. They would both be sunk in minutes, unless they could get Cornwall into point blank range and with total surprise. Even then the example of Kormoran/Sydney ambush wouldn't work as even here the German r...
by RF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst aided from Luetzow & Scheer at the North Cap
Replies: 11
Views: 2442

How about Scharnhorst and Gneisenau together to take on Duke of York and the cruisers, plus the five Narvik class destroyers?
by RF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: YAMATO
Replies: 11
Views: 2192

YAMATO

I am assuming that Yamato gets to the Atlantic using German supply facilities and has the use of German bases in France and Norway.
by RF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: YAMATO
Replies: 11
Views: 2192

YAMATO

With respect to Bismarck being destroyed on the basis of facing two opposing battleships (which appears to have been the British strategy during this campaign), suppose that the Japanese sent Yamato into the
North Atlantic during WW2 and encountered Rodney and King George V.

Who would win?
by RF
Mon Sep 25, 2006 8:05 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 24544

Marschall instead of Lutjens

Do you think that if the German Fleet Commander had been Admiral Wilhelm Marschall instead of Admiral Gunther Lutjens, that the conduct of the German breakout would have been different (more aggressive)? Consider: 1) Would Marschall have been content to be shadowed by Suffolk - at the initial encoun...
by RF
Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: What if Hood hadn't blown up?
Replies: 172
Views: 31528

What if Hood hadn't blown up?

All the discussions on the Denmark Strait battle have taken the sinking of Hood as read. But how would the battle have developed if Hood hadn't blown up? Could Hood and POW eventually use their two to one superiority in capital ships to sink Bismarck? Remember that Admiral Holland also had a destroy...