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by redcoat
Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:23 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: Wilhelm Gustloff Anniversary
Replies: 5
Views: 3465

Re: Wilhelm Gustloff Anniversary

Ronald Lameck wrote:And the submarine commander was awarded "Hero of the Soviet Union" for this deed. Makes the word "hero" rather meaningless, doesn't it?
His actions were no worse than those of a U-Boat commander, and a lot of them got medals.
by redcoat
Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:24 am
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Use of Lufttorpedos by Germany(April-Mai 1940)
Replies: 2
Views: 1582

Re: Use of Lufttorpedos by Germany(April-Mai 1940)

At the start of WW2, the only Luftwaffe aircraft which could carry an airborne torpedo was the He 59 and the Seeflieger only possessed 30 operational He 59s in four Staffeln. At this time the He 115 was starting to come into service, but due to the fragility of the LT F5 torpedo it couldn’t be carri...
by redcoat
Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: Hitlers Victory
Replies: 7
Views: 3216

Re: Hitlers Victory

Hitler was Time Magazine's Man of the Year for 1938. Most people tend to think that this award was a favourable response to Hitler, it wasn't. Time magazine gave him the award due to the fact that it considered him the most influential man of the year, but the article that accompanied the award was...
by redcoat
Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: KG200, Facts & Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 7336

Re: KG200, Facts & Fiction

Of the 6 B-17's known to have been used by KG 200, one crashed into a hill in fog("Wulf Hound") , one was shot down by a RAF Mosquito night fighter while on a supply drop to Brest in late 44, and two were shot down in error by German flak guns.
by redcoat
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Operation Sea Lion
Replies: 24
Views: 5716

Re: Operation Sea Lion

Web site on the equipment available to the British army after Dunkirk,
http://www.wwiiequipment.com/index.php? ... &Itemid=61
by redcoat
Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Churchhill vs Hitler
Replies: 8
Views: 2220

Re: Churchhill vs Hitler

[Consider if you will Hitlers halt orders for the Panzers outside Dunkirk and his own comments as regards Great Britain. Hitler still (as we might now call all to naively), thought much of Britain as a nation and people and still felt sure that he could make peace with it after the fall of France. ...
by redcoat
Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Churchhill vs Hitler
Replies: 8
Views: 2220

Re: Churchhill vs Hitler

My understanding is that the generals had ordered a halt before he even got involved. He ultimatly supported the halt order but it wasn't his orders that stopped the German army. You are correct, Rundstedt issued the order and Hitler confirmed it later on the same day. It should be noted that the h...
by redcoat
Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Air Plane Kill Marks
Replies: 3
Views: 3857

Re: Air Plane Kill Marks

My understanding is that kill markings on USAAF aircraft were unofficial, so there was no standardisation of style or type.
Therefore the use of these symbols would vary for each squadron or fighter group
by redcoat
Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Question regarding the Firefly
Replies: 15
Views: 3906

Re: Question regarding the Firefly

Don't have any stats to offer on Firefly accuracy per se, The 17 pdr was very accurate with rounds other than the early APDS shot but in a related angle -- I do know that they had issues with smoke and dust raised by the concussion of firing obscuring observation of the target after firing. This ma...
by redcoat
Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: U-Boot Escort Sinking
Replies: 4
Views: 2481

Re: U-Boot Escort Sinking

John W. Howard wrote:Hi Phylo:
It just seems that it might have been wise to, on occasion, remind the escorts that they could be targets too and put the grain of self-preservation into their minds. .
Isn't an even more alert crew on an escort ship the last thing a U-boat crew would want ?
by redcoat
Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Need Details on US M1 57mm ATG
Replies: 3
Views: 1486

Re: Need Details on US M1 57mm ATG

"I know only AP rounds were standard issue to US forces. How many rounds were standard issue? how many could the PCs haul in a jeep/kubel or APC?" The HE shells arrived late but the US got some - as many rounds as thought useful I suppose: they came in cylindrical containers themselves stored in 4-...
by redcoat
Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Luftwaffe's decline
Replies: 12
Views: 4745

Re: Luftwaffe's decline

by redcoat
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:31 am
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Me 163 night fighters: inquiry
Replies: 4
Views: 2065

Re: Me 163 night fighters: inquiry

Does anyone have information that would confirm the operational use of the Me 163 in a night fighter role? I had always assumed this not to be the case. However, interviews with two Bomber Command aircrew claiming to have seen them at the end of 1944 suggest otherwise. One description in particular...
by redcoat
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:13 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: Jewish Officers/Sailors in the Kreigsmarine
Replies: 8
Views: 5601

Re: Jewish Officers/Sailors in the Kriegsmarine

While a number of people with ancestors of the Jewish faith did serve in the German Navy in WW2, I know of no cases where an actual member of the Jewish faith served in this service during WW2, they were all members of various Christian religious faiths. In truth, outside of Nazi Germany and its ins...