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by RF
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 88
Views: 67431

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: 88
Views: 67431

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: 9
Views: 411

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: 88
Views: 67431

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: 9
Views: 411

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: 5277

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: 267

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...
by RF
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Dropping food supplies in Holland
Replies: 1
Views: 331

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: 10734

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: 1253

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: 719

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: 1696

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: 1696

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: 438

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: 1038

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 ...