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Yesterday, 12:59am

Author: BruceDuncan

A More “What If” Sort of Question

Permit me to add another premise to the equation. Assume for the moment that Germany is not in a position to significantly intervene in the crisis? How might this change the balance for or against Italy?

Thursday, August 13th 2020, 2:10pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Thank you for such a cogent and multi-pronged approach. The Light Escort Vessel design has come into being for other reasons, but its applicability here is just another card it its deck. The Fairmile Dog Boat seems to be worth pursuing (I never realized that it had such high speed) and there is room in the budget for it.

Wednesday, August 12th 2020, 9:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Back to Philosophy

I am still playing with my 'thought experiment', and the question now turns from the largest of the major warships to the smallest sort - motor torpedo boats. The 'Lauranian' Navy throughout the 1930s paid little attention to such craft, but its Principal European Naval Rival, has a long history of employing such craft, dating back to the War of 1914-1918. With its interests focused on the Mediterranean basin and adjacent coastal waters, the PENR believes it can derive significant benefit from t...

Tuesday, August 11th 2020, 2:38am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Shanghai Evening Post, Tuesday, 25 October 1949 After several days visit the German cruisers Custozza and Novara have departed to re-join the other elements of the East Asia Squadron on its cruise through the waters of the North China Sea. Berlin, Abwehr Headquarters, Wednesday, 26 October 1949 The chief of the Abwehr read the reports from his agents in East Africa with some concern. His efforts to destabilise the Italian position there through covert support of the Arbegnoch independence moveme...

Sunday, August 9th 2020, 6:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A More “What If” Sort of Question

Without doubt the greatest possible deterrent to Italian adventurism in the Red Sea would have been the closure of the Suez Canal. Unfortunately, that weapon was not available to Britain or France due to the 1888 Convention of Constantinople that guaranteed to all nations the right of passage to all ships during war and peace. Which is why it was not closed to Italy during the Abyssinian Crisis. Yes, the British effectively took control of the canal during both world wars, but the legal principl...

Saturday, August 8th 2020, 6:38pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

Again, very enlightening. :thumbsup:

Friday, August 7th 2020, 9:04pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A More “What If” Sort of Question

Cast your mind back to the early 1930s Real-world timeline. What steps might the great powers of Western Europe have taken to deter Italy from its long-planned aggression in Abyssinia? What could be consequences of each option if implemented?

Sunday, August 2nd 2020, 3:50am

Author: BruceDuncan

Project 40-002

Project 40-002, Lauranian Light Cruiser laid down 1940 Displacement: 8,351 t light; 8,714 t standard; 9,542 t normal; 10,205 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 582.61 ft / 570.87 ft x 59.06 ft x 18.04 ft (normal load) [177.58 m / 174.00 m x 18.00 m x 5.50 m] Armament: 9 - 5.98" / 152 mm guns (3x3 guns), 107.15lbs / 48.60kg shells, 1940 Model Breech loading guns in turrets (on barbettes) on centerline ends, majority forward, 1 raised mount - superfiring 8 - 3.54" / 90...

Saturday, August 1st 2020, 8:22pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Brock scripset: Quoted I like that carrier design overall, although I'm somewhat worried about the thickness of the deck armour. It seems like just enough armour to fuse an AP bomb, and not enough to stop it... Laurania is happy to trade offensive punch for defensive armor. As for manpower, I too still kept track of it, at least for the Kriegsmarine. 160,257 officers and men in peacetime, 207,328 officers and men on war establishment - not including naval air group, naval landing troops, naval s...

Thursday, July 30th 2020, 3:22am

Author: BruceDuncan

Project 39-001

Project 39-001, Lauranian Aircraft Carrier laid down 1939 Displacement: 19,900 t light; 20,500 t standard; 22,626 t normal; 24,327 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 779.85 ft / 748.03 ft x 87.27 ft x 27.89 ft (normal load) [237.70 m / 228.00 m x 26.60 m x 8.50 m] Armament: 16 - 3.54" / 90.0 mm guns (8x2 guns), 22.24lbs / 10.09kg shells, 1939 Model Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts on side ends, evenly spread, all raised mounts - superfiring 32 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns...

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 9:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Berlin, The Russian Federation Embassy, Friday, 21 October 1949 Khrenov received the positive response to the Russian Federation Navy’s invitation to a joint amphibious exercise as expected, and had forwarded it to Petrograd, where wheels would be set in motion. That it was accepted was not a surprise at all. When observing a joint amphibious exercise earlier in the year Khrenov had learned about Unternehmen Albion, the successful German landings to capture the Moonsund archipelago islands of Sa...

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 6:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "M_Fredi" Refit, or not refit, that is the question. I have no idea so I will ask. Is possible to refit a light cruiser to make it a supply ship? or would it cost too much to be worthy? Without knowledge of the details of the existing cruiser, or the characteristics desired in the supply ship, the answer to your question is not absolute. Can such a conversion be done? Yes. Would it cost too much to be worthwhile? Most likely. If you going to convert an existing vessel to a naval sup...

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 4:44pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

At the moment I am on the horns of a dilemma. Do I construct a 7600 ton fleet supply ship (it would be the second though) or do I continue with the refit and reconditioning of numerous light cruisers and destroyers dating from the early 1920s that are now more than fifteen years long in the tooth. Delaying the start of the fleet supply ship is one potential solution, in the short term at least, but it then limits other new future construction. I now comprehend why the IJN cancelled construction ...

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 3:04am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

As I continue my experiment, I find that it is often an interesting trade off between new construction and the refitting of older units. As mentioned above, I consigned many older units to the scrap yard in order to fund replacement vessels to modern designs but over the life of the experiment, even those 'modern designs' need to be brought up to current standards or fail as combat-worthy vessels (and there are only so many backwaters of the Lauranian 'empire' in which such second line ships mig...

Monday, July 27th 2020, 4:17pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Wilhelmshaven, Saturday, 22 October 1949 Kees Vrooman was well aware of the fact that little that went on in the great German naval yard remained unknown for very long; if the Germans were up to anything secretive they did it in the yards at Kiel, far from prying foreign eyes. That did not however stop him from earning some useful sums from a contact in Naval Intelligence for any bits of information that he picked up – like the notes and photographs that burned a hole in his pocket as he made hi...

Sunday, July 26th 2020, 10:59pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Some may be wondering why “Laurania” is so very careful with expending its shipbuilding resources. Compared with the Principal European Naval Power (PENP) it has far fewer factories – a result of past historical decisions. Its wide-spread colonial possessions were acquired somewhat on the cheap, and its battle fleet in the period before the War of 1914-1918 was small by European standards. At the start of my thought experiment, it possessed only eighteen factories. Through investment, this indus...

Sunday, July 26th 2020, 12:24am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Brock scripsit: Quoted I'd always pick this option over the other two types presented. (Although I'd prefer an Audacious analog to an Essex analog; still, I don't know what the past design history has been.) Unfortunately, my level of understanding of Springsharp fails me at modeling a carrier such as Audacious. Yes, I know that in game Germany has built armored flight deck carriers but in trying to model Audacious I run into several issues and unknowns 1 - Air group size - the original legend f...

Saturday, July 25th 2020, 7:00pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

I ask your indulgence for a further question of philosophy. In formulating its plans for the forthcoming naval program the Lauranian Admiralty is reconsidering the question of aircraft carriers – a vessel now accepted as important in fleet composition but not yet proven critical. The two large aircraft carriers begun two years previously are nearing completion, which would give the fleet a total of seven vessels, three of which have been completed within the previous eight years. The need for ad...

Friday, July 24th 2020, 1:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

Thank you for your input and advice. The third trio of the 5,000 ton cruiser, planned for the current construction year, were reprogrammed in favor of a trio of 8,000 ton light cruiser, and the budget was not broken - thinned perhaps, but not broken. There is even something left over for auxiliaries. Edited to add: The decision to reprogram construction within the confines of this thought experiment did increase the construction time for the larger cruisers - by 120 days for each vessel. Had war...

Friday, July 24th 2020, 3:48am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Question of Philosophy

The Dido-esque cruisers were pursued in a period where resources were crunched and the smaller design adopted to make good numbers in the short term. The design is considered sufficient to fulfill the AA escort role (it has a DP armament) but trade protection is of equal importance. Current destroyer numbers are considered 'adequate', with the continued construction of very capable fleet destroyers and adoption of a low end escort destroyer in the current construction year. Of course, more would...