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by RF
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

....... that once Exeter was out of the fight AGS should have been able to dispose of the two 6" cruisers without too much trouble or having to worry about their shells doing much damage. The key point here is that the two cruisers were superior in speed and operated like destroyers, as Langsdorf d...
by RF
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 129
Views: 53411

Re: Best war movie ever?

Fray Benthos was a famous brand of tinned corned beef sold in Britain, the crew's Little Joke of describing themselves as tinned meat. The story is told at https://tank100.com/tankmen/fray-bentos/ All the best wadinga Fray Bentos is actually the town in Uruguay where the meat is processed and shipp...
by RF
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 129
Views: 53411

Re: Best war movie ever?

One film shown recently in the UK was ''The Kings Choice'' which when I first saw the title assumed was about the 1936 abdication crisis and King Edward VIII. But no, it was quite an astonishing account of the German invasion of Norway from the Norwegian perspective and the decision on King Haakon o...
by RF
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Hood was in a bad way before it was blown up.... maybe it was a lucky shot, but with British battlecruisers it had happened before, at Jutland. In a bad way? IIRC, there was a fire amongst some of the smaller calibre ready ammunition (above the main deck, I believe?), the smoke from which was causi...
by RF
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Double posting now removed.
by RF
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Basically Paul it seems you are arguing for a super ''Graf Spee'' for a River Plate type confrontation? A Scharnhorst/Gneisenau type vessel? Thanks again RF, Yes, you are correct something on the lines of a very fast 'pocket battleship' but with at least 3 or possibly 4 turrets each with two 11" gu...
by RF
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Hood was in a bad way before it was blown up.... maybe it was a lucky shot, but with British battlecruisers it had happened before, at Jutland.
by RF
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Hood was in a bad way before it was blown up.... maybe it was a lucky shot, but with British battlecruisers it had happened before, at Jutland.
by RF
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Hoods' fate demonstrates that it was not a battleship. Further the Bismarck was not the most heavily armed of battleships either.
by RF
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Basically Paul it seems you are arguing for a super ''Graf Spee'' for a River Plate type confrontation? A Scharnhorst/Gneisenau type vessel?
by RF
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Erroneously landing on an enemy aircraft carrier?!
Replies: 13
Views: 1415

Re: Erroneously landing on an enemy aircraft carrier?!

If IJN aircrew landed on a US carrier by mistake in 1942 - what happens? Do they try to kill themselves to avoid being taken prisoner, shoot it out on the flight deck until they are killed? What about their aircraft? Destroy them first? And what about the US crewman response, as presumably the crewm...
by RF
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

This was also the period with tight budget restrictions on naval expenditure: instead of ''super battlecruisers'' it would have been better to spend the money on existing ships, such as the proposed strengthening of Hoods' armour protection, which for budget considerations was never done. We shall n...
by RF
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Erroneously landing on an enemy aircraft carrier?!
Replies: 13
Views: 1415

Re: Erroneously landing on an enemy aircraft carrier?!

I would have thought that if it was an enemy aircraft you would shoot it down rather than allow it in close to land or fly straight into the ship.... as the Japanese were to later do.
by RF
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 9 April 1940 - The death of the Blucher
Replies: 2
Views: 5507

Re: 9 April 1940 - The death of the Blucher

The Oscarburg fortress was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe on the following day, which was not shown in the film.
by RF
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Did the Kriegsmarine recruit sailors from other Axis countries?
Replies: 1
Views: 734

Did the Kriegsmarine recruit sailors from other Axis countries?

I have recently seen the crew member list for the blockade runner Ramses. Several members of the crew came from Finland, retaining Finnish names not German and I was wondering how such sailors would come to be in the Kriegsmarine. Does anyone know if there was a policy, official or otherwise, of rec...