What have you learned about WW2 recently?

Discussion in 'General' started by dbf, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Well-Known Member

    Oops another mistake!

    Rodney refitted at the Boston Navy Yard between 12 June 1941 and 12 Aug 1941. By Dec she was back in service with the Home Fleet off Iceland.
    HMS Rodney, British battleship, WW2

    HMS Warspite however was refitting in the Bremerton Navy Yard in Dec 1941. She arrived on 11 Aug 1941 and left again on 7 Jan 1942.
    HMS Warspite, British battleship, WW2

    Other British Battleships that refitted in the US during WW2 included Resolution (1941), Royal Sovereign (1943) and Nelson (1944/45). Many other ships including carriers, cruisers and submarines enjoyed the skills of your Navy Yards during WW2.
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  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

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  3. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I realize that a truck like that stands a pretty good chance of having a "Generic Appearance"...but.........
    Nope, i am wrong. :)
    I thought it bore a rather strong resemblance to a German Truck, but i did not find any that had the headlights built into the front grill like that.

    I had contemplated claiming the one below was very close, but you guys are probably to sharp to fall for this ploy.:unsure:

  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    That looks like a 1940 Chevrolet Suburban. Maybe an Opel version?
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    King George V ran over HMS Punjabi in 1942. USS Washington was following close behind and was damaged when Punjabi's depth charges reached detonation depth.

    After repairs and adjustments to her guns, King George V attacked German shipping in the Glom Fjord, Norway, in October 1941. She then covered convoys to Russia. On 1 May 1942 she was operating with USS Washington as an escort to Convoy PQ 15, and collided with the destroyer HMS Punjabi, which had manoeuvred to avoid a mine and crossed her bow in dense fog. Punjabi was cut in two and King George V had 40 feet (12 m) of her bow badly damaged. King George V entered the Gladstone Dock in Liverpool on 9 May for repairs by Cammell Laird, and returned to Scapa Flow on 1 July 1942. The battleship did not leave Scapa Flow until 18 December when she finally resumed convoy escort duty, providing distant cover for the Arctic convoy.

    HMS King George V (41) - Wikipedia
  6. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    Harold Cole......
    This guy was a BAD Dude.
    Lots of people saw the wrong end of an MP-40 thanks to him. :mad:

    Harold Cole - Wikipedia
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  7. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    Albert Kahn -
    Holy cow..... this guy was SUPER Instrumental in both the Western and Eastern allies during WW2.
    His contribution to "The War Effort" via supply and manufacture was amazing.

    Never heard of him before....no real reason anybody would know his name i suppose.
    I just heard mention of him during a Rob Citino video.....it was not Citino but rather another guy that studied that side of the war.....maybe his name was John.?
    He was very big on Kahn, and with good reason it seems.
    Very interesting talk.....but i dig Logistics/Supply. :)


    How Albert Kahn helped the Soviet Union industrialize
  8. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Makes sense but I had never heard of this before: Extracted from Combined Operations in WW2 Home Page
    Landing Barge Kitchen. When the enormous scale and composition of the Normandy invasion force became known, it was realised that many small craft, operating off the landing beaches, would not be equipped with a galley to prepare their own hot meals, or indeed any meals. The Landing Barge Kitchen was designed and developed to satisfy the anticipated demand. They had a capacity to provide 1,600 hot meals and 800 cold meals a day and operated like an amphibious fast food outlet with unlimited parking!

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  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  10. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member


    This is a great book that covers them. IMO the LBK is a prime example of the level of detail and organization the Allies showed compared to the slap dash Sealion efforts. Just a whole different mindset.
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  11. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I am certainly not any kind of WW2 historian or scholar, but Man-Oh-Man..... how did i miss this.?

    "At about 09:00 on 3 June, Ensign Jack Reid, piloting a PBY from U.S. Navy patrol squadron VP-44,[59] spotted the Japanese Occupation Force 500 nautical miles (580 miles; 930 kilometers) to the west-southwest of Midway. He mistakenly reported this group as the Main Force.[60]"

    I thought that the first time The Japanese were spotted was on June-4.!

    Perhaps i am being blinded by hindsight.
    Even knowing they had lost complete surprise, i suppose Yamamoto-Nagumo were still confident that the US Carriers were not near Midway.?
    Their intelligence still told them that, and that one, late, patrol plane had not yet spotted the US Carriers.

    Anyway..... that is what i just learned recently.
    PBY's had spotted the Midway Invasion Force on June-3 :blush:
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  12. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Ah - but have you taken into account any effect from the International date line - we all know what happened to Phileas Fogg - he nearly tripped up on that

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  13. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    Oh Man....... i JUST watched that.!
    As an official old guy..... i own the DVD.
    Cantiflas :)
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  14. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Research the forum.....his treachery has been comprehensively debated in the past
  15. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I did not know that.
    Perhaps i should have inquired about the veracity of the link i posted..... before i posted it. :)
    Appreciate the tip.

    What is your opinion of him.?
  16. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    In a nutshell....his background has been well illustrated...dealing with him for many, led to tragedy.

    An opportunist and con man who would sell himself to the nearest bidder...no sense of loyalty to his fellow countrymen or those in the occupied countries who would resist the invader. Seems to me that he had no conviction for the Third Reich, he was merely a petty criminal who went on to "better things" as he would see it, taking advantage of it in the chaos of war in occupied Western Europe.

    No doubt there are those who would have torn him limb from limb but he managed to avoid retribution until he was cornered in Paris in 1946 by French police.

    I would have thought he would have faced the supreme penalty had he been apprehended by the Allies...by his criminal guile, he evaded being brought to book by his fellow countrymen.

    Incidentally when I referred to research, it was intended in a polite stance
  17. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I guess i misunderstood you.
    I thought you were saying there was debate as to whether he was really a Traitor- Bad Guy during the war.
  18. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  20. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Hoping to help others

    Like Christmas faire, its taking time for the interest to wear off.
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