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Most of the "pre-missile" cruisers were HEAVY cruisers that emerged as a "cross" between battlecruisers and light cruisers. Battle cruisers represented an experiment in the design of ships with battl …
answered Jan 18 '15 by Tom Au
Short answer: Because sailors spent a lot of time in or near tropical latitudes (where rum was most available), protecting the "sea lanes,"(or raiding them, in the case of pirates). As another poster …
answered Aug 19 '16 by Tom Au
English Channel (perhaps not), and 2) that such superiority would adequately deter British naval action, despite evidence in Norway to the contrary. So they made only the most elementary plans for crossing …
answered May 18 '17 by Tom Au
The reason was that after the carrier battles of World War II, it was recognized that the greatest danger to ships was not "shells," but rather "bombs," and later, "missiles. Battleships had played a …
answered May 18 '17 by Tom Au
According to this source (wiki) a keelhauling could take place over either the length or the width of a ship. A keelhauling over the length would be fatal, either through drowning, or through lacerati …
answered May 30 '17 by Tom Au
The British ships were not really comparable to the Spanish (and French) ships because they were built under different circumstances for different fighting conditions and philosophies. The Spanish, a …
answered Sep 30 '17 by Tom Au
end of World War II (some land bombardment in the Korean War, but no naval battles), and of course, during the Interwar period. Groups with multiple carriers formed up in World War II because reserves … were needed against enemy "first strike" capabilities. Hopefully, a U.S. fleet wouldn't lose all of its (multiple) carriers at the same time. My guess is that we will see a return to multi-carrier groups if there is another major (naval) war. …
answered May 4 '17 by Tom Au
"Did different ships bearning the skull and crossbones ever come together under one flag?" I kind of doubt it. The likely result would have been a mutiny against one or more of the ship captains, who …
answered Sep 19 '13 by Tom Au
Unlike the Army, where a disproportionate number of officers came from the South, the U.S. navy was pretty much dominated by the North. One evidence of this was the fact that the fleet in Norfolk, Vir …
answered Aug 26 '12 by Tom Au
David Farragut was an aggressive commander who sometimes exceeded his orders. In 1863 near Port Hudson, for instance, he had orders to co-ordinate a naval attack with a land based attack. Farragut … determination of the commander. It's not a matter of Farrugut, Nelsono, or any other naval commander "knowing" he can get through. It's called "you pay your money and you take your chances." A good commander (in any environment) will know when to do this. …
answered Jul 22 '14 by Tom Au
Generals Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were co-founders of the German General Staff, having been appointed by King Frederick William III after Prussia's defeat by Napoleon in 1806. They reformed the Pruss …
answered May 7 '16 by Tom Au
According to the link in the question: "This attack provided France and the United Kingdom with the justification for declaring war on Russia in early 1854 in support of the Ottoman Empire." Basicall …
answered Dec 21 '13 by Tom Au
I would date the transition to aircraft carrier domination to the Battle of Midway, in June 1942. The Japanese fought an old style battle in four ship waves. In the first wave as a carrier task force …
answered Oct 24 '11 by Tom Au
"Guns firing on their own" may be a better tactic, particularly at the beginning of the battle, when what matters is the total rate of fire. Broadsides are better when the order of the day is for con …
answered Aug 22 '12 by Tom Au
" for Japan in the attrition sweepstakes. America had no need or reason to fight these decisive battles. They were able to set up a series of naval "knifefights" that wasted Japan's strength far more … losses of Japanese planes and naval vessels, transports and cargo ships. As early as one year ago, we set as a primary task in the war of the Pacific a day-by-day and week-by-week and month-by …
answered Dec 20 '16 by Tom Au

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