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by RF
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Dropping food supplies in Holland
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: Dropping food supplies in Holland

Probably through the Red Cross via Switzerland. Another factor possibly to bear in mind was that the outcome of the war at that stage would be obvious to the flak officers and men, even the Waffen SS at that point sometimes hesitated to commit acts of war crimes because they knew that retribution, w...
by RF
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Führer Naval Conferences
Replies: 12
Views: 12213

Re: Führer Naval Conferences

British newspapers would also be very easily obtainable in places like Portuguese Goa as well, along with all the shipping information......
by RF
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Treason
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Re: Treason

EU law forbids UK restoration of the death penalty and the UK ceasing membership will not change that because the EU law was transcribed into UK law. Whether a terrorist is charged with treason is up to the Attorney General and the Crown Prosecution Service. For political reasons this will never hap...
by RF
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea
Replies: 9
Views: 1200

Re: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea

That reminds me of an incident in New Zealand, I think in 1932, where there were fatalities when a mine from SMS Wolf exploded having been washed up on the beach.
by RF
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb

Thanks for the info.
by RF
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb

Wadinga,

As I understand it the damage to the Sorpe was sufficient to cause the Germans to drain the dam to repair it?
by RF
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Naval Aviation in the Kaiserliche Marine
Replies: 1
Views: 537

Re: Naval Aviation in the Kaiserliche Marine

This depends on the terms and conditions of the peace settlement. Under the Versailles Treaty no air force was allowed. In the 1930's there was little interest in developing naval air power, the big gun battleship was still seen as the main arbiter on the high seas. The Z Plan of 1939 seemed to rega...
by RF
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Major Royal Navy defeat in 1914?
Replies: 6
Views: 1210

Re: Major Royal Navy defeat in 1914?

Overall the RN had a sufficient lead over the HSF that any defeat here would not alter the course of the war. As I see it, the two key questions would be: 1) Would the naval blockade of Germany continue? Clearly the answer is yes 2) Would Germany be capable of substantial amphibious landings on the ...
by RF
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: PE v Graf Spee
Replies: 7
Views: 948

Re: PE v Graf Spee

I also concur.
by RF
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 2425

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Gentlemen, it would have been interesting to see what might have happened if Sheer or Graf Spee had attacked the convoy instead of Hipper! Interesting point, especially as the Hipper class had higher maximum speeds than the Panzerschiffe, the Sheer or Graf Spee would have to fight it out with Berwi...
by RF
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

Duplicate post
by RF
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

The main priority for the U-boats was to retrieve Bismarck's war diary rather than attack the RN battleships. Deonitz did suggest suspending the U-boat commerce war to concentrate on supporting Bismarck, but Raeder did not endorse this. Had the Fuhrer ordered Raeder and Goering to give utmost combin...
by RF
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

Not so much PE, as an 8 inch cruiser wouldn't have been much use against KGV or Rodney, but the failure to use the stranded Bismarck as bait to attack Tovey's forces. I am thinking here of the Luftwaffe principally but also other surface forces that could have been sent out with air escort to attack...
by RF
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 1145

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

Bismarck ???
by RF
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 2425

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

The only WW2 engagement between British and German 8 inch gun cruisers I am aware of was the skirmish between Hipper and Berwick in the Atlantic in early 1941, but Berwick was not alone and Hipper broke off the action. Hipper was later engaged in the Barents Sea by 6 inch gun cruisers during the ''K...