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571  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.
572  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.

573  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.
574  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
575  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.
576  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
577  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.
578  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.
579  Axis & Allies Miniatures / A&A Miniatures Painting and Modeling / Re: My latest Panther on: December 16, 2013, 04:46:58 pm
Nice Tank!
580  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.
581  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: MOVIE'S 2014 on: December 16, 2013, 03:08:45 pm
I want one that actually kills people ....and they show it...unlike that kaka version with Broderick
Does it bother any others besides myself that not one human died in the alien invasion of earth on the Avengers movie? These creatures with awesome technology can't hit a mass of civilians and only manage to shoot up some vehicles.
582  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best German Weapon for the Japanese on: December 16, 2013, 10:26:53 am
I will look into the troop strength numbers, the Battleships Nevada, Idaho and Pennsylvania were in reserves for the Attu and Kiska invasions.
583  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best German Weapon for the Japanese on: December 16, 2013, 09:29:39 am
   all for the gain of just two useless Aleutian islands.
I don't believe the Aleutian Islands occupation was a military blunder. Bombing Dutch Harbor with carriers planes was a huge blunder. Like you said those carriers may have changed the Battle for Midway.

The Japanese with 5,000 men on two worthless Islands were able force the US to commit 200,000 to 300,000 men to defend Alaska. And forced the US fleet to commit an entire fleet including battleships to the extreme North Pacific. This all is happening while the Solomon Island campaign and North Africa campaign are underway. The Great Alaska Highway was built from the Japanese actions.
584  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: MOVIE'S 2014 on: December 15, 2013, 05:44:44 pm
Another 1,531 Tyler Perry movies. One every 5 hours containing only black actors and using the same exact plot sequence.

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Dark Knight Reborn, Godzilla, and the last Hobbit film

They will never be an end of these films... unfortunately.

I wish we get some original ideas in films
I want another Godzilla movie, the last one with Matthew Broderick was crap served as a fine meal.
585  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Best German Weapon for the Japanese on: December 15, 2013, 05:29:12 pm
I voted for the radar as the Japanese deficiency in this area put them at a distinct disadvantage.¬  I don't see that it would have saved them since U.S. radar would still exist.

I agree also about the MG's.¬  The Japanese really needed some decent rapid fire weapons.

I did think of one other thing that might have made the list:¬  radios.¬  According to Saburo Sakai the radios in Japanese aircraft were useless.
I love the story of Saburo Sakai, I have read his book a half dozen times. Radios is a good choice.
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