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Today, 4:12pm

Author: Brockpaine

A More “What If” Sort of Question

Quoted from "Hood" Imagine the effects if Britain was forced to cede control of Egypt... With the best will in the world, I just don't see that happening. Especially not after the RN shows up off the Italian coast with five R-class, five QEs, two Nelsons, and the battlecruisers. Royal Navy: "Hey, what's up girls?" Regia Marina: "Not much, just helping the boss invade Ethiopia and Egypt." Royal Navy: "Yeah, we saw that. You know, I happen to have an interest in Egypt myself." Regia Marina: "Oh."...

Wednesday, August 12th 2020, 11:43pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

I think my own response would be the construction of a batch of light destroyers in much the same design lineage as the Royal Navy's Hunt-class. These ships are fast enough to be a threat, cheap enough to be common (and multi-purpose enough to be dangerous to other things), have enough protection to survive damage from an MTB's limited anti-surface weapons, and have enough firepower on their own merits to put down an MTB in very short order. Go ahead and fit some of them as antisubmarine ships, ...

Saturday, August 8th 2020, 5:56pm

Author: Brockpaine

Meanwhile, in Russia: 1949

Excerpts from the Reports of the British Naval Attache Excerpts from the official reports of Commander Michael Denny, RN, British Naval Attache to the Russian Federation, Q3 / 1949 Visit to Tallinn - July -- Toured Russian cruiser Rynda and destroyer Samarakand. -- Observed sailing of two Russian submarines (S-9 and S-4). -- Toured incomplete Project 88B landing ship MDK-21 in shipyards. -- Viewed platoon-level exercises of Russian special unit marines (so-called "Spetsnaz") using folding and in...

Saturday, August 8th 2020, 5:20pm

Author: Brockpaine

French News, 1949

Army Promotions and Transfers Wednesday, August 3, 1949 - Jean de Lattre de Tassigny was appointed to the chief of the Armoured Cavalry Branch, replacing Philippe Leclerc, who was killed in an air crash two weeks ago. General Marcel Carpentier was in turn appointed Commander-in-Chief in North Africa, replacing de Lattre. In an unrelated move, General Joseph Levavasseur was appointed to take command of army forces in the French Somali Coast. Voisin and Hennequin Wednesday, August 10, 1949 - With ...

Saturday, August 8th 2020, 5:03pm

Author: Brockpaine

A More “What If” Sort of Question

Quoted from "Hood" Closing the Suez Canal to all Italian traffic, drastic step but not much Italy can do about it unless they want to invade Egypt and that's probably not a good idea. Any Italian ships then have to go via the Cape and are open to more interference, e.g. all British and French ports in Africa closed to them. This, and arming Ethiopia with some modern weapons, are the drastic steps I think might actually work. French Djibouti has the port which feeds the only period railway into ...

Saturday, August 1st 2020, 3:32pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

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... Quoted from "Hood" A few of us tried to keep tabs on manpower but that faded away. I still keep tabs on that, actually, although I don't make much effort to track its growth (and it's almost always growth, never reduction) over time. -- Russia: 209,003 men -- France: 106,730 men -- Chile: 38,113 men

Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 1:15am

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Conceived by the Imperial German naval staff as a rather desperate attempt to turn the flank of the Tsarist armies Unternehmen Albion had succeeded all too well, taking advantage of the war-weariness of the Russian people and the abdication of the Tsar to convince Russia to leave the Great War. OOC: Here in WWTL, I wouldn't attach as much importance to Operation Albion. Russia certainly does not view it as a decisive battle, but rather as a largely symbolic attempt to ...

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 4:27am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

I think the refit system we have in WW is particularly punishing for refits and reconstructions, unfortunately. I've encountered a lot of that with the Russian destroyer flotillas up until about 1940, which aren't economical to rebuild, yet cost too much to replace except over the long term.

Tuesday, July 28th 2020, 12:11am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "thesmilingassassin" It would be interesting to start Atlantean infrastructure at say 1880 and progress pre-dreadnaught building program's up to the dreadnaught age rather than start at the Cleito/Washington treaty stage and base infrastructure on ships in service. I've kinda thought the same about an AU French Fleet between 1880 and 1940. A lot of the older designs, particularly from 1900 to 1915, were of such poor quality, largely due to lack of foresight about strategy and tactic...

Saturday, July 25th 2020, 7:06pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" (3) A large fleet carrier approximating the size and capabilities of the OTL Essex class. Of approximately 25,000 tons it has a speed of approximately 34 knots and can operate between 75 and 84 aircraft according to our rules. 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.) If the fleet already has a small carrier from earlier decades...

Friday, July 24th 2020, 4:09am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

I think I'd go for more 6" cruisers, then. With all other things being equal, I'd always prefer to order a larger ship earlier, since the lead time is more crucial.

Friday, July 24th 2020, 3:13am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

A quick question of clarification, if I may. Are the Dido-esque cruisers primarily designed as escorts for larger vessels, with some emphasis on AA? Are they supposed to be trade protection cruisers on a budget (like the actual Dido class)? Or are they something else entirely (perhaps a la Agano-class, as a flagship for destroyer and submarine operations)? My answer depends somewhat on the role envisaged for those ships. My initial feeling is that the 6"-armed cruiser force feels weaker than I'd...

Monday, July 20th 2020, 10:23pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" A further question of philosophy. In time of war there are never enough destroyers to be had, but in time of peace, or in planning the size and composition of a fleet, is there an optimal number of destroyers to construct or otherwise have available in relation to the number of capital ships on hand. I think there's a bit of flux depending on what country is answering the question... For France, I usually say my best ratio is eight destroyers per capital ship, as this ...

Saturday, July 18th 2020, 3:07pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Philosophically though, converting an existing cruiser hull to an aircraft carrier is not, in my opinion at least, a viable option. Under our rules, it would be a partial reconstruction at a cost of 50% of the tonnage. Only wartime necessity could justify that expenditure to obtain a sub-optimal aircraft carrier. I'd agree, that's not really a good peacetime solution unless the situation really calls for desperate measures. One of the things I'd considered for the prio...

Tuesday, July 14th 2020, 5:40pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" The use of the terms “battle carrier” and “strike carrier” highlight the philosophical conundrum imposed upon us by hindsight. Heirs of the result of the Second World War we are conditioned to accept the overwhelming value of naval air power. Be that as it may, I believe my answer for another carrier (and the breakdown between the two types) matches the appropriate doctrine of the mid to late 1930s, as well as the information provided. The reason I chose the carrier, a...

Monday, July 13th 2020, 6:27am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

Quoted from "M_Fredi" And I thought that my answer was short. I had things I really needed to do, and so I chose to procrastinate...

Monday, July 13th 2020, 5:23am

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

So in order to clarify my thought process, I decided to add details such as ship names, basic specs, and national strategy, since that's going to inform my answer. I'll be using the fictional Republic of Laurania, from Winston Churchill's novel Savrola. (Ruritania has been banished.) Laurania is located on the Mediterranean, and expanded their continental territory during WWI, largely at the expense of Austria-Hungary; they remain concerned about Italy, but they do not share a border with German...

Sunday, July 12th 2020, 11:24pm

Author: Brockpaine

A Question of Philosophy

I'm guessing our fictional naval power (let's call it Ruritania) was a signatory of WNT and London? Were the recent capital ships built to those standards?

Sunday, June 21st 2020, 2:42pm

Author: Brockpaine

Greek army.

Quoted from "M_Fredi" I am also having some trouble to post the image. I upload it on dropbox but apparently is not working. Any advice ?( ? Hosting images with Dropbox requires some finessing. Read this thread to learn more.

Thursday, June 18th 2020, 12:25am

Author: Brockpaine

German News and Events 1949

Slight change of topic, but... Where did you find all of those divisional badges for the Heer? Are there other armies available as well?