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  1. Murotsu

    CV Re-Work Poll

    If these were websites they'd be loser.com, loser.net, and loser.org...
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    CV Re-Work Poll

    The best British carrier planes are all ones made in the US. Their indigenous designs were pretty much uniformly crap. The Seafire (a carrier version of the Spitfire) was acceptable, but just as it's landing and deck handling characteristics were bad. It's structure was weak resulting in more damage to it from the impact of carrier landings. Reinforcement never fixed the problem either. The visibility from the cockpit for both take offs and landings was execrable. Then you have the rest of the polyglot of iffy and so-so machines like the Albacore, Barracuda, Firefly, Fulmar, Skua, etc., not to mention the worst of the worst, the Blackburn Roc, which lived up to it's name as a flying machine... an absolute flying rock. Add in the small air wings on British carriers and the US and Japanese ones will eat them alive. The only thing the British carriers really have going for them is a very heavy AA battery.
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    DD tender/DL

    Japan's problem in the Guadalcanal campaign, and even afterwards, was a reluctance to fully commit to the operation. They did this at Midway, but their plan was foiled in good part by luck of the USN sinking the Kido Butai's four carriers. In the Solomons, the IJN committed their ships piecemeal. They would send a cruiser squadron or destroyer division to do some function off Guadalcanal. Or, they would send a few cruisers or a battleship to bombard the island. There was never, ever, an attempt by them to send sufficient forces to the area with the intent to stay. The IJA acted the same way. They attempted to win on the cheap sending penny packets of troops initially. Part of the IJN's problem was they had never put any real effort into long term operations away from a base. Sure, they had some oilers and support ships, but they couldn't come close to the sort of underway replenishment the USN did on a near daily basis. Even the RN was impressed by how much more efficient the USN was at going to and staying at sea. But, even with their limited capacity for such operations, they had sufficient they could have arrived in force off Guadalcanal and stayed. They could have cycled ships in and out. They had the ability to use land based and carrier based air but didn't coordinate those operations. When the USN showed up off Tarawa, they came with a real fleet. They had CVE for air support for the invasion, fleet CV to cover the operation, half a dozen battleships, more cruisers, and destroyers. They came to stay and they came to decisively win. Hit and run like Japan did off Guadalcanal wasn't going to win anything. At most, their efforts were an annoyance that barely slowed US intentions. Japan threw away the ships they sent to the waters off Guadalcanal. Their own belief in Mahan should have instructed them that their actions were contrary to the concept of massing your fleet and looking for decisive action. They had their chance at Guadalcanal and blew it. Their own penchant for hit and run surprise attacks did them in.
  4. If you look at the Red Army's OOB for the war, every time a unit got pulled from Siberia or the Far East to go to fight, a new one of the same sort was stood up in its place. The Soviets didn't pull these units with most of their equipment, instead they were shipped to European Russia and equipped with new material there. The material they left behind was then given to the new formation. The Soviets, even in 1942 had the Japanese outnumbered something like 10 to 1. They had hundreds of tanks, mostly older T 26 and BT types, but many times what the Japanese had. They had massively more artillery. They could afford casualties that the Japanese couldn't. It wouldn't be a matter of invading Japan. It'd be Sakhalin island would be taken. Manchukuo then Korea would be overrun. The Soviets would arm and enlist Mao's Communist Chinese faction to help them. As far as invading Japan goes, if I were the Soviets, I wouldn't bother. I'd win on land in China and Korea then wage a limited air war while shipping in lots of submarines and building more in the Pacific to wage a commerce war. Even with the low level of competence shown by Russian subs in WW 2, in such a war eventually they'd get better at it and the Soviets could easily build hundreds of subs meaning Japan is faced with an ASW issue they're not ready to handle. The IJN is all but useless in a land war in China.
  5. I've been through that Japan v. USSR scenario repeatedly on other boards over the years. Japan gets their collective @$$ handed to them and gains nothing for it. That's the short version and I really don't feel like putting up an academic version proving it again.
  6. I tend to agree with this. The Pensacola is an egg with a hammer. You have good firepower, but one serious set of hits broadside and you're finished. So, you have to be careful how you play the ship. Hanging back some is smart. The Pensacola doesn't have torpedoes or a strong secondary battery so closing makes little sense when you can do almost as much, if not as much, damage from medium to long ranges with your main battery. In mine, I went for as much upgrading of accuracy and firepower as possible. That makes shooting at longer ranges more effective. Plan your turns in advance to keep those turrets on targets, any target. I too tend to want to hang back some to avoid being zeroed out by a couple of citadel hits or cruiser salvos that get citadels by closing. Making sure you are "wiggling" between salvos is important too. You want to make the incoming fire, if any, as inaccurate as possible. By playing to support your battleships and even cruisers that are better knife fighters along with your destroyers, you are contributing what a Pensacola should be contributing: Gunfire and damage. You can provide a useful distraction to an opposing player's ship(s) by lighting one after another up with a nice fire while your side's BB's concentrate on full destruction. This tactic makes the opposition use up their damage control and repair parties leaving them more vulnerable to hits from your side's BB's and knife fighters.
  7. Actually, a good portion of the RN ships had Exocet missiles aboard. The County class destroyers had 4 Exocet each, as did the Type 22 Broadsword frigates, Type 21 Amazon frigates, and some of the Leander class frigates (all but Andromeda). They also had some Lynx helicopters with Sea Skua ASM's, although this is relatively short ranged for an anti-ship missile. In addition, they had several nuclear submarines present. The County class destroyers could, in a pinch, also use their Sea Slug SAM system as an improvised SSM in much the same way a US ship might use Standard missiles Also, almost all the surface combatants had at least one 4.5" gun aboard. This being an automatic weapon with a pretty high rate of fire. Against what Argentina had to offer, this would have been more than sufficient to deal with a surface action.
  8. An idea that's not totally lost given that the drug cartels in S. America have resorted to something similar...
  9. It makes no difference. The US brings the ones from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They play a bit more cautiously to keep from losing them early on. Guadalcanal still gets invaded on the same timetable and that's all she wrote. Japan is still going to lose, and probably in about the same amount of time. Also, I'd bet every carrier sunk at Pearl Harbor is back in the fight by 1943. The US will raise and repair... and even improve... them. And, they'll do it in pretty short order.
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    America's industry vs Japan

    No, Japan's best bet was to stay the hell out of the war. They should have just stopped in China and kept a Chinese civil war going by supplying both sides weapons and training. With Hitler doing idiot things in Europe they had the perfect diversion. They could make nice with Britain and France asking for raw materials in exchange for some vague future promise to joint their side against the Germans. Then they make nice with the US while they continue to "Japanify" Manchukuo and Korea turning both into part of Japan just as they'd done with Okinawa. Half an empire is better than no empire. Declaring war on the US was the dumbest move they could make, and to make it even worse they did it in the worst possible way they could: A surprise attack. Sucker punching the US is probably the worst thing you can possibly do. The US would bury the Japanese in war material, and they did. To make things worse, the US was almost itching for a war with the Japanese.
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    America's industry vs Japan

    It would have made zero difference. The US could still have invaded Guadalcanal when they did and Japan couldn't take the island back. They didn't even have a clue initially that there were upwards of 20,000 US troops on the island. Their first attempt to take it back used 900 men... like that would work. Their invasion plan for Midway was a fail. They almost failed at Wake and in the Philippines. The US would get more carriers. The Japanese wouldn't. During the war the largest surface combatant they started and completed was a light cruiser. They put everything they had into building carriers, destroyers, escort ships, and replacement merchants for the most part. They couldn't keep up with losses. The US could afford to lose ships and men, Japan couldn't. Ulithi atoll was mentioned. The first advance base the US set up was Guadalcanal and Tulagi harbor. The next was Funafuti atoll. The USN built a full base there using ships, barges, and seebee built airfields, etc. There was a 100 ship anchorage, a major airfield that the USAAF flew B-24's from to bomb Japanese islands like Tarawa, and port facilities that could repair any but the most heavily damaged ships. The Japanese didn't even know it was there for almost 18 months. It rivals Ulithi for size and capacity. The Red Hill fuel facility a Pearl Harbor was under construction when the war started. This underground storage facility was unknown to the Japanese and they had no way to damage or destroy it. This gives you some idea how large the storage tanks are:
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    America's industry vs Japan

    A few things of note: If you watch closely, the US is producing one or more destroyer escorts a day for most of 1943. But, part of why the US could do this was in being able to reduce production times through superior engineering.
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    USS United States

    The B-29D would be the equivalent. That is, the re-badged B-50 (a re-engined B-29). Cruise is 212 knots, speed at altitude is 343 knots at 30,000 feet and the service ceiling is 36,900 feet. Combat radius is 2,082 miles, or about 70% that of the B-36. That makes it slightly faster than a B-36D with nearly the same radius of action. It can carry 28,000 lbs. of bombs so it could have toted even a thermonuclear device. So, the B-36 really isn't much of an improvement over the B-29 except in load and to a lesser degree, range.
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    USS United States

    As for what you can launch and land from a carrier...
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    USS United States

    By 1945 standards, the B-36 was obsolescent at best. Let's take the B-36H, one of the larger production runs (83 planes). It cruised at 203 knots. It's maximum speed was 361 knots at 36,700 feet with a combat service ceiling of 40,900 feet. It had a flight radius of 2,807 miles. The B model of 1945 is worse. It's top speed is 331 knots with a ceiling of 38,800 feet and it cruises at 176 knots. (figures from Post-World War II Bombers 1945 - 1973, United States Air Force Reference Series) Any jet of the late 40's and certainly of the 50's could exceed the B-36's ceiling and with a speed of just over 400 mph, it wasn't going to be able to outrun even piston engine fighters in 1945. Even the mediocre P-59 Airacomet could theoretically intercept it. By the time the B-36H was in service, the US had the Nike Ajax SAM and the Soviets were deploying the S-25 Berkut SAM. The reason it got built was the USAF needed, desperately, to prove itself a separate service in the late 40's. It couldn't do that if it didn't have a clearly defined (at the time) mission to call its own. The USAF was easily the best service at politicking Congress for funding at the time. That was what led to The Revolt of the Admirals.