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571  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: What was the craziest/stupidest thing Hitler did on: March 30, 2013, 06:47:57 pm
It's very forgetful and prideful on the Germans part when planning for the invasion of the USSR to discount the Eastern Front experiences of WWI. The Germans won that war front in WWI only after dividing the Russians politically and having them take up arms againist each other.

572  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Would you enlist in a war against China/N.Korea? on: March 30, 2013, 10:52:21 am
Certainly not.
My idea of glorious war died with the Empire.
Holding off natives armed with slices of fruit, while I shoot back with my repeating rifle from behind an eight foot barricade is how I�  like to fight.
I suspect we cannot get those Chinese to agree to play by my rules.
Love your answer, I would form a group of Texans to go fight.

I'm Texan, can I join?
sure!
573  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: March Madness WWII Fighter Plane matchup (ROUND ONE) on: March 29, 2013, 09:10:29 pm

[/quote]

How can you ignore jet aircraft when you place some of the best piston engine planes (not all that much inferior to early jets) to the early piston planes, which frankly, sucked?
[/quote] it's the first round, top notch planes face off against lesser ones, saving the best for the later rounds.

As for some of the planes that 'suck', the I-16 had a lengthy service counting the Spanish Civil War, China's opposition to Japan in the 30's and the Soviet-Japanese conflict in North China.

The Gladiator made the list for the heroic defense of Malta. The bi-plane still serviced every air force at the start of the War and the Gladiator was the best representative.

And to best answer the jet question, WWII wasn't a jet war. The war could have been, but as fate had it the Jet was the encore of the great air war not the main player.
574  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: March Madness WWII Fighter Plane matchup (ROUND ONE) on: March 29, 2013, 08:43:27 pm
Hi Worsham.
P51
Mosquito
P39
George
109
P38
Zero
Beaufighter
Yak 3
Typhoon
110
Spit
P47
Macchi 202
La5
190
   You have got to be joking Witt. Typhoon over an F4U? LA5 over an F6F? When are the regionals?
I wanted to make some of the face offs difficult and somewhat odd. And lets give the La-5 and the Red Air Force some love. After all the highest scoring Allied ace was from the Soviet Union.
575  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Would you enlist in a war against China/N.Korea? on: March 29, 2013, 09:25:21 am
Certainly not.
My idea of glorious war died with the Empire.
Holding off natives armed with slices of fruit, while I shoot back with my repeating rifle from behind an eight foot barricade is how I  like to fight.
I suspect we cannot get those Chinese to agree to play by my rules.
Love your answer, I would form a group of Texans to go fight.
576  Other Forums / World War II History / March Madness WWII Fighter Plane matchup (ROUND ONE) on: March 29, 2013, 06:46:22 am
After my battleship matchup, I begin to think what other March Madness WWII topic would make a good topic for our discussion. I decided on the WWII Fighter plane. I have picked planes that had a lengthy career in WWII, so many of the planes to appear in the closing days of the war have been left out. Sorry guys no jets. A few twin engine bombers/fighter made the list to honor the night fighters of WWII, which seem to get forgotten. I stopped the list at 32, for the list to get any closer to fifty was adding unneeded weight. Sorry if I left any planes out, a few of the planes on my list may not turn heads, but the awsome story of WWII could not be told without them. Once again, sorry for all of you Me-262 fans, no jets.
 
P-51 vs Soviet I-16
                          
British Mosquito vs. Ki-43 Oscar

Gloster Gladiator vs  P-39

Yak-9 vs. Nik-j George

Me-109 vs F4 Wildcat

P-61 Black Widow vs. P-38

A6M Zero vs. Hurricane

Beaufighter vs Ju-88C

IAR 80 vs Yak 3

F4U Corsair vs. Typhoon

ME-110 vs Ki-61 Toney

British Spitfire vs Soviet MiG 3

P-47 vs. Macchi C. 200

Macchi C. 202 vs. Dewoitine D.. 520

La-5 vs F6 Hellcat

FW-190 vs P-40











577  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: most underrated WWII weapon on: March 27, 2013, 05:29:21 pm
The Red Air Force is underrated.
578  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: How could Germany have won the war? on: March 27, 2013, 03:36:37 am
From some of my recent readings the Germans believed that in the Soviet's were not capable of feeding the 4 million people in Leningrad after the beating the Red Army was taken in early 1941. A huge mistake on the Germans part.
579  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: China and North Korea vs. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan on: March 26, 2013, 03:31:03 am
I hope Ginger`s not there on island! Thats a good one IL. grin

Ginger over Mary Ann
580  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Attacking A British Convoy III: Atlantic Breakout on: March 25, 2013, 09:29:51 am
Better to go after the ships in the Carribean, than -just- before they reach USSR.�  Especially if you're having success there.

A ship that has almost reached Murmansk has a higher value than a ship that is still in the Caribbean, since the first ship has used a lot of fuel and resources to get so far.
It is easyer and cheaper to protect  a ship just outside the East Coast than to escort a ship up in the Norwegian Sea.

A German sub use less fuel and time, and work more effectiv in the Norwegian Sea, than a sub that have to travell half around the globe to the Caribbean before it can start working.

In early 1942 most Caribbean ships sailed alone and if a convoy was formed it consisted of 3 to 5 supply ships and one or two escorts, soft targets. Ruissian convoys had multi levels of escorts and at times air support. I would attack the soft target everytime. After all Germany was fighting a tonnage war not an actual blockade.

If goods stop flowing from the U.S to England, the West would soon after stop or canel Murmansk convoys.

In 1942 Germany still had the U-boat tankers supplying fuel and stores to distance boats.
581  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Attacking A British Convoy III: Atlantic Breakout on: March 25, 2013, 03:31:22 am
The Texas Gulf Coast in those days was one of the riches oil producing regions of the World. The United States did not have a suitable pipeline system for oil and fuel to reach the East Coast of the United States and depended on tankers. Had the German U-Boats been in greater numbers in the Gulf the war economy could have been slowed down greatly.

On this subject, this book may be of interest:

http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=162

I greatly enjoyed the read, thanks for the tip.

 My favorite story was an U-boat without torpedos and shells running down a large tanker firing a 20mm AA gun. The tanker crew leaves the ship and two U-boat crewmen swim to the ship and open several valves to slowing sink the tanker.


 
582  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: China and North Korea vs. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan on: March 25, 2013, 03:22:19 am
Where's the 'no one wins' point?  You know the US and Australia are with Japan and South Korea..

I thought of a draw option.

I wanted to leave the War a regional conflict, how many nations must join a war before a World War is declared?
583  Other Forums / General Discussion / China and North Korea vs. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan on: March 24, 2013, 04:59:50 pm
What's your thoughts?
584  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: most underrated WWII weapon on: March 23, 2013, 06:57:58 am
Japan postion in the late 1930 and early 40's demanded light weight planes.

In the 30's the best Japanese engines could generate 800 horsepower. To build a fighter able to compete with the West any item that added weight and drag was scrappped from the drawing board. The Zero was clever designers attempt to compensate for economic disadvantages.

Being the the most basic figher plane in WWII, it was the easiest to fly, but the most dangerous to go into battle with.
585  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Senkaku Islands dispute on: March 23, 2013, 06:37:10 am
Japan.
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