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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: 11897

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: 18741

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: 21188

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: 11897

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: 2302

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: 11897

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: 18741

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: 2302

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: 1519

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: 3123

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: 1810

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: 3218

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: 2541

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: 2302

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: 2302

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?