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  1. Hello! I always thought this was an interesting question. Aircraft carriers were frankly the game-changer for the big battleship-on-battleship engagements that dominated naval doctrine for years. They can send ordinance from the sky to eliminate heavily-armored warships without too many casualties to the attacker. While aircraft carriers were somewhat used in World War I by the British (HMS Ark Royal and HMS Furious), they didn't really hit their stride until World War II with Taranto, the destruction of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, Midway and more. XX My question is this: If aircraft carriers were more heavily explored in WW1 (i.e. They were used more in engagements and had their equivalent testing battles...like a bombing of the German High Seas Fleet with British carrier planes. This is just a random example of perhaps a demonstration of good carrier aviation that could happen in a what-if WW1), how would've that affected WW2 naval battles? Under this, there are a few more questions: -How would've technology advanced with the rise of carriers from the prior war (i.e. rise in missile technology to destroy carriers? Better planes to avoid carrier AA fire?) -What mistakes do you think naval commanders would make with carriers in the beginning stages of the conflict? -How would that affect building strategy and the naval treaties during the interwar period? -Would some warships have been prioritized over others (i.e. more carriers vs the Yamato-class battleships for the Japanese? Graf Zeppelin-like carriers over Bismarcks?) XX Feel free to get creative with your answers and expand upon your own lines of observation. Thanks!
  2. wildgooseman

    WW! Submarine Uncovered.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46846988
  3. So, do we have any hope of WG adding WW1 era Battlecruisers? The closest ship we have in game is the IJN Ishizuchi, and its a paper ship. I mean, i like Ishi its a very fun ship, and have nothing against paper ships in game. But we have many British and German ships that were build and saw active service and combat during WW1. Those Battlecruisers that fought at Jutland would be some nice ships at tiers 3/4/5. Either as permiums or in a BB tech tree split. It would be nice to play with and against them in game. Do we have any hope of seeing any of these ships in game? At least in a near future?
  4. Una pregunta bastante simple. ¿Qué nueva línea, aunque sea ya de una nación presente en el juego, les gustaría ver? Por mi parte, me gustaría ver a los cruceros italianos y en segundo lugar a los destructores británicos RN Alberico da Barviano( hundido durante la batalla del Cabo Bon). HMS Lookout.
  5. anonym_Hf93Jbjm9WjT

    Rivets

    Rivets - what, why and how, a brief review A Rivet is a way of holding two sheets or panels of overlapping material together, wood, metal, plastic or even wood. Today, a rivet is often a short tube of metal, whose ends can be deformed via mechanical pressure (a hammer for example), sometimes assisted with heat (such as from a forge). They have been in use since the bronze age, and are still in use today, if mostly in the aircraft industry. Evidence of the earliest usage of rivets dates back to 3000BC in Egypt. The Vikings employed wooden rivets to hold the planks of their ships together in the 7th and 8th centuries. But as time passed, and shipbuilders became more and more ambitious, so vessels grew, and so wooden rivets were less capable of bearing the stresses and tensions of large sailing ship hulls. They were prone to failure, and to cracking. At the turn of the 19th century, industrial developments led to wrought iron (and later steel) being employed instead of wood, as it had both greater strength, and would prove to be easier to employ at an industrial, rather than artisanal, scale. By the mid 1840s, iron rivets had completely replaced wood as the preferred material. Heated to a high temperature iron and steel are ductile materials, which means they can be more easily and rapidly deformed than wood, while once set, they are far stronger. Sophisticated technical illustration : photo of two off duty steel rivets : From the mid 19th century right up until the 2nd World War, rivets became a mainstay technique of shipbuilding. Allied to a plentiful workforce, rivets were an ideal technique for the construction of warships. But to fix an iron or steel rivet would require a gang of four workers, and being so labour intensive in wartime, gradually became a disadvantage. One person employed as a heater to operate a forge to heat the rivet to a ductile temperature, another, a catcher, to take the rivet and place it in the aligned panel holes, a third, the riveter, to hammer the rivet into the hole and flush with the panels, a fourth (!), a holder, on the opposite side of the panels, to press a dolly or heavy metal bar, against the emerging end of the rivet. Phew, sweaty work! WW2 propaganda poster A rivet gang at work in North Vancouver, Canada. © North Vancouver Museum and Archives A youtube video demonstration of a (modern) four person rivetting gang at work : This also happens to be a Wargaming excuse for why it takes them so long to release new ships, apparantly it takes four graphists, for each pixellated rivet... Despite shortcomings in early usage, less manpower intensive welding would replace rivetting as the shipbuilder's mainstay construction technique in production lines such as the famous Liberty ships. Welding results in a smoother finish, which is also more economical, offering savings to both builders (less steel required) and owners (smoother ship hulls encounter less resistance through water), while requiring a fraction of the labour (one worker capable of accomplishing a task once required of four people). In hommage to Rosie. What was it like to work in a shipyard on a rivetting gang in the early 1940s? Noisy, dirty and dangerous. Shipyards had one of the highest casualty rates of any wartime industry, while rivet gangs were required to operate in all sorts of conditions, and take many risks to acomplish their jobs. This extract describes the not unusual experiences of shipyard employee Penny Price during ww2 : So lets also keep in mind, when we admire these warships, those who built them/ Useful quality links : inbrief (easy 1 minute reading), http://www.fastenerdata.co.uk/rivets/ indepth (very detailed, requires a google account and plenty of time) https://www.academia.edu/3603301/Evolution_of_historical_riveted_connections_joining_typologies_installation_techniques_and_calculation_methods I am still formatting and proofing this brief, please forgive errors. All text, unless in "quotes" is my own, videos and pictures have been borrowed thanks to our friend Google.
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