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by Rodger Herbst
Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: British private armies
Replies: 2
Views: 3365

British private armies

does anyone know how many private armies were in the Brit armed forces in WW2? From what ive read many British Generals weren't too happy the way they mutiplyed and sucked the best men out of the regular companies and they didn't make much differance in any outcome of any battle. Anybody have any op...
by Rodger Herbst
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 7040

Re: Battle of Britain

A large part of the RAF buget was spent on frills instead of necessities such as training, designing aircraft,etc.A lot of money was spent on fancy officers messes and there guest nites ,to me trying to look like army regimental mess' of a hundred year old regiment.
by Rodger Herbst
Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 7040

Re: Battle of Britain

Most of my info came from Max Hastings Bomber Command,his point seems to be that the RAF wanted to be like the army with it's officers mess etc. and a lot of money was spent on frills, there seemed to be a caste system that only gentlemen flew aircraft,others need not apply, then came the war. Max h...
by Rodger Herbst
Sun May 16, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 7040

Re: Battle of Britain

I think the RAF didn't have a shortage of planes but of pilots, in some of my reading i've come to the conclusion was the RAF's own fault. When the RAF was formed the pilots were to be the elite of the air service, so they were given all the staff jobs. When the war started they were all behind a de...
by Rodger Herbst
Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:17 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Brit Planes
Replies: 13
Views: 2627

Re: Brit Planes

Hello John, long time since my last post.

Was the Typhoon supposed to replace the Spitfire but failed and became a ground support aircraft? Seems I read that someware long ago, if true what was it's failure points?
by Rodger Herbst
Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: American Helmets
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: American Helmets

My divsion was shipped out in April of '42, a few days before we went aboad they took our old helmets and issued the new style, the liners were made of some kind of material that didn't last very long, then we got the new type liner, i don't remember the date but the original liners were crap.
by Rodger Herbst
Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Churchhill vs Hitler
Replies: 8
Views: 2040

Churchhill vs Hitler

Just finished S. Roskills "Churchhill and the Admirals" and came away with the impression that AH and WC had the same habit of interfearing in military ops, AH in the army, WC in the navy. Maybe i'm taking the wrong slant on this, but i come away with the feeling that both of these guys were "nosey ...
by Rodger Herbst
Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: RN Oilers
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Re: RN Oilers

Thanks Andy for the info. I notice that the ships are civilian crewed, in the Pacific i know the RN officers liked the US Navy supply ships where commissioned and crewed by US Naval personal, i think RN officers would feel more at home giving orders and dealing with other RN officers. IMO
by Rodger Herbst
Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Italian JU87s
Replies: 2
Views: 1238

Re: Italian JU87s

Thanks gttf, just goes to show, don't believe everything you read, check with Feldgrau first.
by Rodger Herbst
Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:51 am
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Italian JU87s
Replies: 2
Views: 1238

Italian JU87s

I came across an article that said the Italians were making the JU 87 under license, can this be true, if so what engine did they use? They were flown by Italian pilots so the article said, anybody know?
by Rodger Herbst
Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:43 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: RN Oilers
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

RN Oilers

I know that the RN had a TF (57) in the Pacific in WW2, I think thier fleet oilers were all manned by civilian crews. Some of the RN officers wished thier oilers could be like the US Navies, part of the RN and RN manned, has the RN got thier own oilers now, and did they get thier own supply ships, i...
by Rodger Herbst
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 7040

Re: Battle of Britain

Hi you guys, glad to see someone agrees that the RN deserves some credit. The air bombing of ships, i was referring to hi altitude bombing, you know how they could drop a bomb in a pickle barrel at 20,000 ft. Lot of people believed that and you can't convince them it was way-way overstated. I know i...
by Rodger Herbst
Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:38 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: Battle of Britain
Replies: 18
Views: 7040

Battle of Britain

This is not to belittle part the RAF played in the BoB, but I think the RN has been "short changed." I don't think the Germans had a hope in hell of invading UK as long as the RN was intact. A lot of people think bombers would have zeroed in on the RN and that would keep them in safe ports away from...
by Rodger Herbst
Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: FM Alexander
Replies: 8
Views: 2285

Re: FM Alexander

Hi John, i agree that he should have been more assertive, but i think he didn't want to rock the boat, with Monty on one side and some touchy Americans on the other he was in a somewhat of a bind to satisfy both sides, something like Ike was.
by Rodger Herbst
Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: The Allies in WWII
Topic: FM Alexander
Replies: 8
Views: 2285

FM Alexander

We hear about Montgomery and others, but to me a name that is missed to often is FM Earl Alexander I think one of the better British Generals ,his Italian campaign was screwed up by Gen. Mark Clark and his dumb ass move to take Rome. Anybody give me a little history of Alex after the war, a great un...
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