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by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Francisco Solano Lopez
Replies: 5
Views: 1707

Francisco Solano Lopez

Does anyone know of any English language biographies of the Paraguayan dictator and about the War of the Triple Alliance of 1864/1870? This seems to be a subject almost devoid of any material in Britain which seems odd given the amount of coverage for other conflicts taking place at a similar time, ...
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Diesel engined battleships
Replies: 18
Views: 18920

Graf Spee was a pocket battleship!!

Not the real article!!
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 92355

My vote is for Nelson - no contest really!
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is mutiny?
Replies: 1
Views: 1350

Under European Union law the death penalty cannot be applied, this is certainly the case in Britain.
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 19048

Bgile: I have heard that Bismarcks' FC position on 27 May was actually KO'd by an 8 inch shell from Norfolk - but I'm not sure that it is true.
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 12273

Could I correct some historical inaccuracies? Trieste - became part of Italy as a result of the war against Austria in 1866 when the Italians were in alliance with Prussia. Italys' territorial gains from the First World War were not insignificant, they included Alto-Adige which is still part of Ital...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Coount Luckner & his Seeadler
Replies: 2
Views: 1968

No I havn't, but I do have a copy of E.P. Hoyts 'Sea Eagle' which is pretty good. One aspect of Seeadler is the lack of a torpedo armament, I assume the ship was too small. If a concealed torpedo battery had been fitted would it have been possible I wonder for Seeadler to capture the boarding party ...
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: 12273

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 shooting down ...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The best turret arragement?
Replies: 22
Views: 6999

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: 1204

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: 1450

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: 1397

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: 18920

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: 12273

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: 19048

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 ...