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by aurora
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944
Replies: 11
Views: 7747

Re: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944

Apologies for the silly remark Dave--After the near-failure at Salerno and the debacle of the Rapido, and following the disappointments of Anzio, and now the hard-fought success of the past two weeks, there was no way Clark was going to risk a major set-back now. To his mind, AOK 14 had to be faced,...
by aurora
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Italian fascism and Italy's WW2 performance
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Italian fascism and Italy's WW2 performance

De Felice argued that Mussolini was a revolutionary modernizer in domestic issues, but a pragmatist in foreign policy who continued the Realpolitik policies of liberal Italy (1861–1922). In the 1990s, a cultural turn began with studies that examined the issue of popular reception and acceptance of F...
by aurora
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944
Replies: 11
Views: 7747

Re: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944

OK Dave you win--Alexander gave the order to Truscott--Clark's subordinate--how convenient.In the end, Clark was no military genius—few commanders in history are—but he led his army as well as the difficult theater of operations and the current skill level of the U.S. Army would permit. Judging whet...
by aurora
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944
Replies: 11
Views: 7747

Re: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944

Dave--Nor do I have any knowledge of Intel which resulted in Clark;s decision to disobey his superior FM Alexander-nor do I know if it would have shortened the war.General Clark CHOSE to enter Rome instead for whatever reason.
by aurora
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Catastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940
Replies: 17
Views: 5377

Re: The C atastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940

Good Morning Alberto-just a thumbnail sketch of D;Oyly Hughes In June 1939, as a captain, he was given command of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious. D'Oyly-Hughes had learned to fly and continually rejected the advice of the ship's professional aviators, according to Winton.[2] Returning to Britain ...
by aurora
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 9 April 1940 - The death of the Blucher
Replies: 1
Views: 4550

Re: 9 April 1940 - The death of the Blucher

The lead ship, identified as KMS Blücher, a German heavy cruiser, continued, she came into the sights of the 61-year-old Kommandørkaptein Anderssen’s torpedoes. Those torpedoes were around 40 years old and had been made in Austria-Hungary. They had only ever been test fired. In a three torpedo salvo...
by aurora
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Ships sunk in port by aircraft attacks
Replies: 6
Views: 2760

Re: Ships sunk in port by aircraft attacks

At 5.15am on 10th April 1940 sixteen Skua aircraft from 800 and 803 Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm took off from Hatston in the Orkneys to make the 300 mile trip to Bergen, Norway. Each plane had one 500lb semi armour piercing bomb. The round trip of 600 miles was just within the range of the Skua. ...
by aurora
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Catastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940
Replies: 17
Views: 5377

Re: The C atastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940

Thank you for your interest and replies Antonio Seventy-nine years after the worst Royal Navy tragedy at that time, relatives of the 1,531 men who perished are still asking the same questions asked in 1940: Why did they die? Why did no one pick them up from the freezing Norwegian waters for three wh...
by aurora
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Catastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940
Replies: 17
Views: 5377

Re: The C atastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940

,The captain of HMS Glorious, Guy D’Oyly Hughes, had ordered Air Commander J.B. Heath to attack certain enemy shore positions in Norway . Heath refused on the basis that the targets were ill-defined and that his aircraft were not suitable for the mission. D’Oyly Hughes did not take this well. Once a...
by aurora
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The Catastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940
Replies: 17
Views: 5377

The Catastrophic Sinking of HMS Glorious in 1940

The Controversial Loss of HMS Glorious 8 June `1940 Posted on: 1/8/2019 2:16:31 AM The Navy's official historian, Captain Stephen Roskill, who in 1980 finally lifted the lid on the controversy in an explosive article for the Sunday Times. ' The Cantankerous Captain of HMS Glorious' drew upon testimo...
by aurora
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944
Replies: 11
Views: 7747

Re: Gen.Mark Clark's Mistake at ANZIO in 1944

On the whole, historians have not been kind to General Mark Clark and his handling of the Italian camp aign. He wavered at Salerno, say his detractors, sent the Texans of the US 36th Division to needless deaths across the River Rapido, and most heinous of all, disobeyed General Alexander’s orders to...
by aurora
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: North Korea attacks the South!
Replies: 8
Views: 6824

Re: North Korea attacks the South!

The Korean War was more involved than "North Korea invaded South Korea". The invasion took place only after consultation and approval with Soviet and Chinese authorities, including Stalin himself. This "war of unification" was a baldfaced attempt at an expansion of communism. This in turn brought i ...
by aurora
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: North Korea attacks the South!
Replies: 8
Views: 6824

Re: North Korea attacks the South!

The Korean War was more involved than "North Korea invaded South Korea". The invasion took place only after consultation and approval with Soviet and Chinese authorities, including Stalin himself. This "war of unification" was a baldfaced attempt at an expansion of communism. This in turn brought i ...
by aurora
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: World War II tanks
Replies: 6
Views: 4875

Re: World War II tanks

The BritishComet tank, mounting the new 77 mm HV gun in a new lower profile and part-cast turret. This gun was effective against late war German tanks, including the Panther and, at most ranges, the Tiger. The tank was widely respected as one of the best British tanks of the war, and continued in se...
by aurora
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Replies: 13
Views: 6598

Re: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

SOUTH DAKOTA sustained at least 26 projectile hits. It is estimated that one hit was 5-inch, six were 6-inch, eighteen were 8-inch and one was 14-inch. The calibre of these hits was estimated from the damage produced and fragments recovered of one projectile. In many cases the size of the entry hole...