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Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Wspauldo12, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Simonr1978

    Simonr1978 New Member

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    What are you going on about?

    The Hood was destroyed by a lucky hit, I would invite you to at least show some respect to the memory of the sailors who lost their lives there, at the very least try to spell the name of the ships involved correctly, Bismark, not Bishmark!

    The Bismark's demise was ultimately down to a squadron of Fairey Swordfish, how's that then? The pride of the German Navy crippled by an obsolescent bi-plane!

    Second, the Japanese hopes of victory were finished long before the demise of the Yamato, after Guadalcanal all they could really hope for was that they could make a US victory in the Pacific seem too costly and when all's said and done there was really little hope of that.

    nr.3 Prince of Wales.... she is the most fearsome ship in BF1942 and got more guns that the entire swedish army (well....)

    I assume it is a wargame of sorts, but I've never played it so I don't know, but in Microfleet WWII the most fearsome ship available is without a doubt the Bismark, doesn't mean any wargame mirrors reality though :wink:

    Welcome onboard here though anyhow,

    Simon.
     
  2. Tiornu

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    BismarCk.
     
  3. Simonr1978

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    :oops: Yes, of course, and this is why it pays to re-check your posts before you post them! :oops:
     
  4. Tiornu

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    I remember once seeing a commemorative plaque issued for HMS Rodney listing her most significant operatons, and it mentioned her role in defeating "Bismark."
     
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    Wasn't Prinz Eugen known to Brits as "Prince Eugen"?
    Maybe this kind of "messing" with names have something to do with differences in languages?
     
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    I had a German friend who pronounced it "Prince Eugene" when talking with me. However, "Bismark" isn't a mispronunciation, and it isn't even the right spelling for the capital of North Dakota USA.
    Spelling is an entirely different issue when languages require transliteration. The standards for putting Japanese words into Latin characters were temporarily changed just in time to make wartime documents look funny to us. (Huso? Mutu?) There are still variant methods for handling Cyrillic.
    Brazilian Portuguese orthography has gone through at least one major revision since WWII which gave my a serious headache as I tried to be consistent in FLEETS. I still don't know how successful I was.
     
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    And an impressive role it was, too. It's unfortunate that neither she nor KING GEORGE V was preserved after the war. :-?
     
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    My vote is for the Big E also. "The Big E," by Ed Stafford is a great read, and you learn a lot about the Pacific war because the Enterprise was (except for Coral Sea) a participant in all of its major engagements. In addition, if one has an interest in US carrier aviation (as I do), then the study of the Enterprise (and other US carriers) broadens one's pleasure. I was fortunate to belong for a while to the USS Enterprise Association and attend one of their reunions, where I had the pleasure of talking with many of her former crewmen who had numerous stories and adventures to recount (as all ships' crews do!). BTW, I believe that the German word 'Prinz" is pronounced like the English word 'prince', and not as in 'prinzzz.'
     
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    Some people have all the luck! :wink:
     
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    KGV
    Dunkerque
    Mogador fast, heavy destroyer
    Dido class AA cruisers

    Love 'em
    Oli
     
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    Which navy did MOGADOR belong to?
     
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    According to my dust-gathering copy of "Fleets of World War II", it belonged to French navy. She was one of those large contre-torpilleurs.
    Displacing nearly 3000 tons, having 8 5.5" main guns, 10 TT's and speed of nearly 40 knots, she was quite formidable ship.
     
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    Gathering dust? For shame...!
     
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    Nah, just teasing you :lol:

    Infact, that book sits here at my desk just about all the time.
     
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    Hee!
    You can always buy spare copies in case of emergency....
     
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    Well, no need for that at the moment.
    By the way, are we going to see "Fleets of the Great War" or something like that in the near future?

    And may I ask your opinion about some books?
    I found out that Amazon is selling Massie's "Castles of Steel" and "Dreadnought" at real bargain. Apparently "Castles of Steel" is really worth that super low price but how about "Dreadnought"?

    And are there some other real cheap and really good naval books?

    Thanks.
     
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    I have not spent much time looking into WWI except as it relates to ships active in WWII.
    Book bargains are moving targets. There was a time when John Roberts's Battlecruisers was selling for something like 20US bucks, but I doubt that's still around. Of course, the dollar is currently so weak that you folks in Europe may find the situation to your advantage. From the start, I intended FLEETS to be an inexpensive guide that everyone could take advantage of, and I do believe that you won't find more info per dollar in many other books.
    I haven't read Massie. The only bad thing I've heard about Castles is that it might be mistaken for a comprehensive overview of the war at sea when in fact it does not attempt to cover everything.
     
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    Favorite ship:

    USS Washington, great ship + great state

    Afaik she saw more action than any other US battlewagon in the Pacific including a victory over a Japanese BB off Guadalcanal.
     
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    As far as surface battles go, you're right, she did see more action than any other American BB.
     
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    DCM - As USS Washington is a favorite of yours, I assume you've read "Battleship At War - The Epic Story of the USS Washington," by Ivan Musicant. If not, you must.
     

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