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571  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Warspite vs Vittorio Veneto on: December 23, 2013, 09:09:37 am
Vittorio Veneto was 5 Knots faster and had an extra 15" gun. Armour was 14" inches on both ships as far as I can gather, so I would like to think the more modern Italian Battleship would just edge it. That said, in March of 41, the Vittorio Veneto fired 92 shells without recording one single hit. She was then hit by a torpedo and had to withdraw.
Luck is very important in sea engagements from what I have understood, see Midway and the sinking of the Hood. This gives the edge back to the great sea warrior, Warspite.
Thanks again Worsham for getting me to investigate naval questions.
My father, I have to thank, he got me interested in warships at an early age.
572  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Warspite vs Vittorio Veneto on: December 23, 2013, 06:01:54 am
What about speed? One ship can just out-range the other and shoot
Whom do you pick in this engagement?
573  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Baltimore vs Hipper on: December 22, 2013, 08:17:07 pm
Baltimore. Better fire control, and radar. Plus US crews were more experienced and had better damage control. Plus Baltimore class cruisers had a slightly heavier broadside and were 1 knot faster with a better overall armor protection scheme
Shell quality pushed my vote to the Baltimore. Many German shells failed to detonate. The famous picture of a 8" shell from a German cruiser getting tossed off the Prince of Whales comes to mind. And didn't a few of Graf Spee's 11" shells fail to explode at River Plate?
574  Other Forums / World War II History / Baltimore vs Hipper on: December 22, 2013, 11:20:27 am
I'm on vacation for Christmas 800 miles away in Kentucky, I have decided to have a versus series.
575  Other Forums / World War II History / Warspite vs Vittorio Veneto on: December 22, 2013, 10:04:07 am
The old WWI veteran Warspite was the luckiest ship in WW2 versus the best battleship in the Italian Fleet. Who wins?
576  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best German Weapon for the Japanese on: December 21, 2013, 07:30:02 am
The Japanese built a few types of four engine bombers, many of these were good quality like the H8K. This float plane, unlike most Japanese planes, was heavily gunned. This plane was used in operation K- the second attack on Pearl harbor. But so few of these planes were built, 160 total, that they can not be serious mentioned.

Thanks for the post and the minor correction. I looked up the aircraft you described, and learned it's also known as the Emily. Apparently, the Emily was widely regarded as the best flying boat of the war. Its bomb payload capacity was a fraction of a Flying Fortress's. As though to make up for this, the Emily had a much longer range.

The Emily demonstrates that the complexities of four engine aircraft were not beyond the abilities of Japanese engineers. But it did not make sense for a nation with severely limited industrial capacity--such as Japan--to use very much of that capacity on expensive four engine aircraft.
The allied fighter pilots who had the opportunity to attack the Emily were impressed by its armament, 12.5 mm machine guns instead of the 7.5 mm which most Japanese bombers were armed with.
577  Other Forums / World War II History / Ride into Battle with Your Tank! on: December 20, 2013, 09:19:11 pm
If you forced to go to war in a WW2 era tank and inherit the enemies and similar situations your tank faced, which tank would you command? Example if you were an Allied you would face enemy tanks with better armor and firepower. If you chose a German tank (late war models) you would face vast numbers of enemies and no air support.

578  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best German Weapon for the Japanese on: December 20, 2013, 08:54:49 pm
 The Japanese built a few types of four engine bombers, many of these were good quality like the H8K. This float plane, unlike most Japanese planes, was heavily gunned. This plane was used in operation K- the second attack on Pearl harbor. But so few of these planes were built, 160 total, that they can not be serious mentioned.
579  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: on this day during W.W. 2 on: December 19, 2013, 03:35:49 pm
The airplane, while great and one of the most interesting factors of WW2, removed the need for giant gun platforms. No more Jutlands!  angry
580  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: on this day during W.W. 2 on: December 19, 2013, 10:35:20 am
I share your love for the classic gun fight naval engagements. The Battle of River Plate to the last such battle- Komandorski Island, these battles catch my imagination.
581  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. C&C on: December 17, 2013, 05:04:05 am
I was in high school and had a friend who was a top students, he got C&C and it rocked his world. He would come in to class having got 2 hour of sleep, his grades dropped from A to B & C. Then his mother got his report card. Lol

I can't believe I remembered this event. Lol
582  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: MOVIE'S 2014 on: December 17, 2013, 04:26:11 am
The agent guy died in Avengers.
And 9 deaths since Avengers (Iron Man 3 and Thor 2)

There are 21 significant deaths in pirates of the Caribbean.

Honestly George Lucas made Star Wars childish long ago (Clones vs Robots, The Clone Wars animated series in general, Asoka)
If anything Disney might inject some more mature themes into Star Wars (Lets just hope so¬  tongue)
An invasion needs large scale causalities.
583  Axis & Allies Miniatures / A&A Miniatures Painting and Modeling / Re: SU-85 w 6 riders & 8" SPGS - from scratch on: December 16, 2013, 04:56:02 pm
Nice.
584  Axis & Allies Miniatures / A&A Miniatures Painting and Modeling / Re: My latest Panther on: December 16, 2013, 04:46:58 pm
Nice Tank!
585  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best German Weapon for the Japanese on: December 16, 2013, 03:33:52 pm
I must make a correction, the figure of 200,000 -300,000 allied service men in Alaska was wrong.

In 1942 there were roughly 40,000 men in Alaska, with the Japanese invasion the US response was the building of dozens of new bases. In 1943 saw the high number of troops and personal at 144,000.
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