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by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hilfskreuzer Coburg
Replies: 2
Views: 1276

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: 13766

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: 10231

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: 17508

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: 18221

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: 10231

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: 1971

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: 10231

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: 17508

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: 1971

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: 1342

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: 2914

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: 1563

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: 2896

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: 2289

How about Scharnhorst and Gneisenau together to take on Duke of York and the cruisers, plus the five Narvik class destroyers?

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