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Battlecruiser_Yavuz posted a topic in Historical Discussions and StudiesHello! 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!
Battlecruiser_Yavuz posted a topic in Historical Discussions and StudiesI thought this would be an interesting what-if question. While the French Navy was eliminated as a big force after their fall, they still had colonies all over the place, including in the Pacific. They even fought a small war against Thailand during the war, but that was effectively a light cruiser against some coastal defense ships. This is my what-if: One (or both) of these fleets escaped to the Pacific: The fleet stationed at Mers-el-Kebir: Dunkerque – battleship – Flagship Strasbourg – battleship Bretagne – battleship Provence – battleship Commandant Teste – seaplane tender Mogador – destroyer Volta – destroyer Le Terrible – destroyer Kersaint – destroyer Lynx – destroyer Tigre – destroyer The fleet stationed at Toulon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuttling_of_the_French_fleet_at_Toulon#Ships_sunk Assume that the Free French fleet is helping out in the Atlantic. I thought these two fleets would be the most substantial in regards to a force to serve in the Pacific. The scenario can either have immediate American presence or heavier American presence later on. XX With these ships in mind, how would the French Navy have performed against Japanese forces in the area? How could they have served effectively alongside Allied forces? What could be their tasks in regards to securing French colonies and sinking Japanese targets? Knowing French doctrine and the types of ships used, what real-life battles could they have been most useful in winning / preventing heavy casualties?
Battlecruiser_Yavuz posted a topic in Battleship EraHello! I thought this was an interesting question to pose to the community. As you guys know, the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow was a great event in the waning hours of the First World War that eliminated a lot of warships. These ranged from little destroyers to grand battleships. For historical conjecture (I doubt this would've happened in real life), let's say that the Germans was allowed to maintain the ships that were heading to Scapa Flow in a disarmed state. Let's also say that the Nazi Party rises like it did in our timeline, but their new Kriegsmarine is bolstered by all of this old German equipment. If you were a German admiral looking at this fleet, what would you do with the ships? Would you scrap them all to make room for more advanced designs or would you upgrade them to help bolster the surface fleet? Also, how would keeping this fleet have affected German naval development during the Second World War? Here is a link to all the ships that were sunk at Scapa Flow during the scuttling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuttling_of_the_German_fleet_in_Scapa_Flow#In_captivity Thanks!