Karl Heidenreich wrote:Tiornu wrote:Graf Zeppelin vs Ark Royal alone is a losing proposition for the Germans.
Of course! The Germans are such incompetent fellows and lousy sailors. In every scenario potrayed here, in your opinion, there is a nil chance for the Germans to accomplish more than to be easily defeated. Being that the case I don´t understand how they did to conquer all of Europe, quite "easily" as a matter of fact, and give a hard four year fight to the combined forces of the three superpowers and empires of the time: USA, GB and URSS. For a country smaller than Texas is quite a feat to accomplished that.
It was of course the Army that did the conquering. It didn't have to contend with, unlike the Kriegsmarine surface forces:
1)No unnecessary risks orders. On the contrary it could take, per Hitlers' orders, the most outrageous risks, and have the elan to get away with it.
2)Far better field commanders. The Kriegsmarine had no Guderian.
3)Greater combat experience and the chance to learn and adapt to that experience. The Kriegsmarine didn't get that experience, which in itself made it more cautious.
4)The big ships were more visible prestige objects, to be preserved rather than exposed to battle. The Waffen SS divisions were there to fight regardless of odds as their men were replaceable, far easier to replace than a ship.
5)The Kriegsmarine had more critical supply problems.