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  1. Royeaux

    Midway What-If: Wasp and Ranger instead of two other Yorktowns

    I created this quick gif of Montemayor's Midway video to better visualize what I'm talking about:
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    Midway What-If: Wasp and Ranger instead of two other Yorktowns

    One of the most critical things is that Lieutenant Commander Thach was stationed on the USS Yorktown. He made the first use of the famous "Thach Weave" that confounded the Japanese Zeros at the critical moment that VB-3 and VB/VS-6 made their critical hits and 3 of the 4 IJN CVs. It is perhaps because the Zeroes were dealing with the "Thach Weave" that the Japanese CAP fighter had briefly left their Carriers unguarded as they attacked VT-3 which gave VB-3 and VB/VS-6 the perfect opening. Without USS Yorktown and LCDR Thach, the "Iron Fist" against the CV may have gone a completely different way, or not at all. The problem with predicting an alternate Battle of Midway is that the CVs are just so sensitive to any kind of damage that it becomes hard to predict the outcome since nearly all attacks on the Kido Butai are an all-or-nothing affair.
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    How Effective was Battlecruiser idea?

    Well, as noted in the Night Action of Jutland, German ships could impersonate Royal Navy ships using the lamps, while British ships could not do the reverse. "British ships had not trained for night action, but German ships had. The Germans had better searchlight control, using iris shutters which could rapidly switch on and off the light, star shell which could be fired over enemy ships to illuminate them without having to use a searchlight, which automatically presented a target for return fire. They used a system of coloured lights for recognition signals between ships, which the British could not duplicate, whereas the British used plain flashed morse signals, which the Germans were partly able to copy after once seeing them, giving some advantage when ships met. Scheer determined that his best chance was to pass the British fleet during the night." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_action_at_the_Battle_of_Jutland#Prelude "Half an hour later the eleventh Flotilla was again spotted by German ships, this time by the IV Scouting Groups, to which SMS Elbing and SMS Rostock had become attached. The Germans were spotted approaching, but having earlier seen the British challenge signal in use, were able to signal the British ships and continue to approach. At about 1 mile range, the German ships switched on searchlights and opened fire. Castor returned fire, and she and two of the destroyers, HMS Marne and HMS Magic each fired one torpedo at the German ships." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_action_at_the_Battle_of_Jutland#Second_Scouting_Group_and_Eleventh_destroyer_Flotilla
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    How Effective was Battlecruiser idea?

    The Royal Navy really didn't like using radio in WWI because they could be intercepted by the Germans. That's why they kept all radio transmissions to an absolute minimum and used signal flags. I know they use signal lamps in the night action of Jutland, but the Germans were able to fake light communications to the British and confuse them, but I'm not sure why they didn't use such a system during the day. Perhaps because the Germans could visually see the commands if they used lights? I don't know enough about WWI Navy communication doctrine. Better call @mofton
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    Modern presidential yacht

    I was talking to some of the historians in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, they mentioned that a Presidential Yacht just wasn't in keeping with the image of the United States which is why Reagan never sought to replace the USS Sequoia. Even Reagan's Air Force One was a pretty modest aircraft.
  6. I daresay that's sillier than Red Alert 2
  7. My guess would be the 74 gun class Ship of the Line. The reason being that she was the most common variant of the ship of the line and all major navies had them and that they did most of the hard fighting in the age of sail.
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    WWI-WWII AA Guns and Effectiveness?

    Here's what I'd define success as. Did firing 600-1000 rounds and wearing out all those AA gun barrels cost less than the damage on a single plane that made it back to base? If it's costing more resources to ward off planes then the cost of the planes themselves, I'd say that AA is only being successful as deterrence.
  9. Kaga was the flagship of the First Carrier Division, what's the problem?
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    WWI-WWII AA Guns and Effectiveness?

    It takes more then steel to build a U-Boat, it would have been virtually impossible for them to build 300 U-boats by 1939 as the industry simply wasn't capable of it. There's no win scenario for the Krigsmarine via build priorities by 1939. What if Germany had 300 U-Boats in 1939?
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    WWI-WWII AA Guns and Effectiveness?

    I would say for the most part, AA was ineffective until 1944. Before then AA was more deterrent then a true plane killer. Once radio fused proximity rounds were invented and mass produced, they changed the whole ball game. And a lot of prox fuses ended up in the 5" DP USN guns.
  12. Clearly they underestimated them, at the peril of all those British lives lost in the Channel Dash.
  13. Because they had cracked Enigma they had the German's course through The Channel, had recon photos of Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the water and knew that German minesweepers were active in the Channel, I don't think it's unreasonable they could have had Force H ready to intercept. The Royal Navy committed Force H to stop Scharnhorst and Gneisenau but for some reason they were they were going to try and break out in the opposite direction to try and link up with Italy, things went a different way.
  14. Let's break this down: Strength 2 battleships 1 heavy cruiser 6 destroyers 14 torpedo boats 26 E-boats 32 bombers 252 fighters 6 destroyers 3 destroyer escorts 32 motor torpedo boats c. 450 aircraft 6+3+32= 41 ships 450 Aircraft = Hundreds of aircraft 13+2+23 = 37 Germans Casualties 230-250 British Casualties 37 / 230 - 37 / 250 Casualty ratio: 1 : 6.21 - 1 : 6.75 There were 5 airborne tripwires. Line Stopper failed to detect the Battleships. Line South East had radar problems Line Habo was recalled due to fog Dawn Patrol failed to detect the Battleships 11 Group detects the Battleships but maintains radio silence, confirming the spotting when they land. 825 Squadron FAA Swordfish's attacks the Battleships but are all shot down, along with an officer whom had stopped Bismarck 5 Motor Torpedo Boats makes an attack run but are blocked by a dozen German S-Boats, their torpedo barrage is ineffective, 2 more Motor Torpedo Boats reinforce but are too late to make an attack run. 42 Squadron Beauforts failed to get organized, failed in their attack and may have attacked Royal Navy Destroyers 73+134 Medium to Heavy Bombers attempt to attack the German Battleships scoring no hits at the loss of 15 Bombers Nore Command (HMS Campbell, HMS Vivacious of the 21st Flotilla and HMS Mackay, HMS Whitshed, HMS Walpole and HMS Worcester of the 16th Flotilla) Commence their attack on the German Battleships but are attacked by British Bombers and HMS Worcester takes hits from Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen. The German gunfire inflicted severe structural damage on Worcester, starting fires, flooding her No. 1 boiler room, and causing her to go dead in the water. The British torpedo attack failed to score any hits. After this, all British Forces guarding the Channel had been successfully subverted by the German ships and were free to return to German ports.
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