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by Bgile
Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 34320

Re: Ideal battleship design

In terms of light AA 40mm is better than 20mm especially against kamikazis. For heavy AA 5" is better than 3". The 5"54 did have some advantages over the 5"38 but didn't have the rate of fire and due to the extra weight couldn't maintain what it did have for as long. Either woul...
by Bgile
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:34 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 34320

Re: Ideal battleship design

I see. 5" were too light to use against Kamikazes, but 3" weren't.
by Bgile
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Marines in the Pacific vs Waffen SS
Replies: 34
Views: 6000

Re: Marines in the Pacific vs Waffen SS

The Marines on Guadalcanal were very green. For most of them it was their first combat experience.
by Bgile
Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 34320

Re: Ideal battleship design

War time experiance would suggest replacing the 3" and 6" guns with 5" guns and suing 40mm for the light AA would be a superior secondary and AA suite. It leaves one a bit weak vs DDs although the 5" guns can tend to disable and or slow them down and allow the main battery to ad...
by Bgile
Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the IJN?
Replies: 66
Views: 6304

Re: How would you improve the IJN?

Byron Angel wrote:You seem to view these acts of the US as irrelevant; I view them as premeditated.


Do you think the US would have done those things if the Japanese hadn't invaded China?
by Bgile
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:47 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 14980

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

I imagine that the Russians, French, Poles, Belgians, Dutch, Greeks, Yugoslavs and a few others would dispute that Britain fought alone for almost three years.
by Bgile
Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Michael Wittman and Tiger tanks
Replies: 74
Views: 8010

Re: Michael Wittman and Tiger tanks

Thanks for the reference!
by Bgile
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 32243

Re: World best soldiers ever

Well, I bow to your expertise. Today's professionals must be far worse than the draftees in 1942. I'm through with this ... the field is yours.
by Bgile
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck vs. Iowa
Replies: 322
Views: 51625

Re: Bismarck vs. Iowa

Japanese AP shells had much longer fuze delays than anyone else's and were designed to travel long distances under water. They also tended to pass through superstructure without doing serious damage.
by Bgile
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Radar type 284
Replies: 9
Views: 3295

Re: Radar type 284

If you look at some of Dave Saxton's posts there is a lot of info in there.
by Bgile
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 32243

Re: World best soldiers ever

Why does going in green and taking more casualties, and never really understanding your weapon systems make someone a better soldier, especially after having spent 10 years of your life in and out of combat like most of our soldiers do today?
by Bgile
Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck vs. Iowa
Replies: 322
Views: 51625

Re: Bismarck vs. Iowa

It's not clear to me how one can expect a shell with a .025 fuze delay to travel 120 feet under water.
by Bgile
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 32243

Re: World best soldiers ever

....their level of training was far inferior to today's troops, who are professionals and have more combat experience than most WW2 troops. This is where we disagree, for I am thinking of those US soldiers, conscripts yes, who chased the Germans from Tunisia to Sicily to mainland Italy and also fou...
by Bgile
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck vs. Iowa
Replies: 322
Views: 51625

Re: Bismarck vs. Iowa

My impression of that last engagement is that Bismarck shot better than the British until she lost her main spotting position in the foretop. She also seems to have shot well against KGV with the secondary position until it was destroyed.
by Bgile
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 32243

Re: World best soldiers ever

The ''valid comparison'' is in putting these men in the same position as other troops before them, using their weapons and logistics. I suspect that the US troops in 1944 would be at least the equal, man for man, of today's US troops if the latter were put in the former's position. The Iraqi army o...

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