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by Byron Angel
Sun May 22, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26739

Re: German tanks

Glantz, Nipe, van Creveld, and Dupuy are IMO worth consulting regarding the question of overall troop quality. The argument of Dupuy is founded on research which he claims to show a German man-for-man superiority factor of approximately 1.5 to 1 versus their US and British counterparts >irrespective...
by Byron Angel
Sun May 22, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 62782

Re:

Maybe the Roman legions were the world's best infantry. Their iron discipline and harsh training made them virtually unbeatable (and they were rarely defeated, if I'm not mistaken). American infantry in WW2 was of uneven quality. Our mass army had to be assembled quickly, and the qualilty of their ...
by Byron Angel
Fri May 20, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 52081

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

... And that's quite understandable in the given circumstances. However, had your father been a Ukrainian , he would have said thank God for the Germans... I think you are getting very close to trying to justify Nazism, and I want you to know that many people find that kind of talk to be extremely ...
by Byron Angel
Thu May 19, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26739

Re: German tanks

I don't see anyting that poitns to a "botched" project to mount a 90mm gun on a Sherman .... The "botched" aspect IMO resides in the fact that AGF (Army Ground Forces) and BuOrd, after watching the ground war in general unfold for about three years, after watching the tank war unfold in N Africa, a...
by Byron Angel
Wed May 18, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26739

Re: German tanks

The KV-85 seems fairly similar to the Tiger I in terms of firepower, armour and mobility. Nice info; it is indeed comparable... Any thoughts on the quality of the build ? Targeting system, armor thickness equivalent, shell dud rate, etc ? (I know the British made some tests on a captured Tiger and ...
by Byron Angel
Wed May 18, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26739

Re: German tanks

There were several Pershings at the Remagen bridge, but couldn't cross because they were too heavy. ..... The Pershing's size was a common argument raised in opposition to its deployment to Europe, but I wonder exactly how problematic it would have been. Between Panthers and Tigers, nearly half of ...
by Byron Angel
Wed May 18, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26739

Re: German tanks

...These were the same geniuses who botched the project to mount the US 90mm in the Sherman .... I'd like to see some sources on this. From what I recall reading when this was brought up it was pointed out that the Pershing would be available shortly after such a Sherman could be and the decision w...
by Byron Angel
Wed May 18, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?
Replies: 146
Views: 52081

Re: Was US participation in WWII superfluous?

Dupuy's conclusions on the superior battlefield effectiveness of German soldiers against their opponents in the field paralleled those of van Creveld. Considering that Dupuy was the only analyst to more or less accurately predict the outcome, duration, and respective casualty rates of Desert Storm, ...
by Byron Angel
Tue May 17, 2011 8:17 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26739

Re: German tanks

When the German Army used the Tiger as a mobile anti-tank gun, to take advantage of the long range and good penetrating power of 88mm gun, they were quite successful. German armour used these techniques in Normandy to block the advance of Commonwealth forces. Any tank which is primarily used as an ...
by Byron Angel
Mon May 16, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: The "best" and "worst" US military commanders
Replies: 5
Views: 9164

Re: The "best" and "worst" US military commanders

I considered Grant on the Best list but for two things I didn't: his numerous casualties and the conduct of the Indian Wars. However you are correct that his Civil War management was masterful and he should be included. On Maclellan he at least got his Army intact, something Burnside and Hooker alm...
by Byron Angel
Mon May 16, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: The "best" and "worst" US military commanders
Replies: 5
Views: 9164

Re: The "best" and "worst" US military commanders

No list of best US military commanders can be complete without Ulysses S Grant appearing on it. His operations during the Vicksburg campaign with ntohing short of masterful. And it was he who was responsible for bringing the Army of Northern Virginia to its knees and delivering final victory to the ...
by Byron Angel
Fri May 13, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck vs. Iowa
Replies: 322
Views: 71547

Re: Bismarck vs. Iowa

Well, I own an original report of a German officer, who visited Richelieu to examine the ship and the damages. IIRC the French didn’t know anything about depth charges. They just mentioned a boat with negotiators investigating the ships anchorage. The damage was considered to be moderate according ...
by Byron Angel
Wed May 11, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: May 10
Replies: 104
Views: 25086

Re: May 10

Since the 1870 von Moltke's (the elder) action in the Franco-Prussian war the May 10th 1940's one was (and it still is) the most daring and perfect military invasion ever performed up to date (even more than Desert Storm in the means that the 1991 operation failed to finish Saddam and a new operati...
by Byron Angel
Sat May 07, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: HMAS FANDANGO
Replies: 5
Views: 2270

Re: HMAS FANDANGO

HMAS Fandango was sunk in 1918 at Archangel in northern Russia -It was part of a force sent by Churchill to forestall the advancing Bolshevik forces from capturing the armanents stockpiled there. This was post the German surrender, and therefore very interesting in that Britian was now virtually st...
by Byron Angel
Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Effect of bombs
Replies: 22
Views: 8485

Re: Effect of bombs

My apologies if I misinterpreted your original statement, but I didn't see any reference in it to an altitude of 10,000 feet or horizontal bombing. ..... No worries. I probably was insufficiently clear in my introductory remarks. The data was represented to give a best estimate of the likely result...