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  1. Remember, you're conversing with a serial asshat. The USAAF did not "ignore" U.S. Army "advice" about jack shit. Yet another giveaway this guy hasn't an actual clue what he's talking about.
  2. No interest in doing so. After so many years of this I've just decided the bullshit artists just need to be ignored. Its just another variant of trolling. I suspect he gets his rocks off by winding up people with his nonsense. The prattle about "I can't get to my Uni library" during COVID is a dead giveaway for an asshat just one step slightly better than the my "house fire destroyed my stash of sekret Pearl Harbour documents only I ever found" bullshit promoted by dabrob/robdab years ago.
  3. Actually designed in nine models and built in eight during the war. LCT I, II, III, and IV were progressive British designs. LCT 5 (usually designated LCT V by the British) was an American-produced redesign of the LCT IV meant for mass production by American yards. LCT 6 was an American design with both bow and stern ramps as you mention. The LCT 7 design got so large it was redesignated as an Landing Ship Medium (LSM). LCT VIII was a British design and most were cancelled before the end of the war. The Anglo-American LCT 9/IX design was never finalized,
  4. The LCI conversions were only deployed to the Pacific as far as I recall and were not present at D-Day. Most of those conversions were done in 1945, far too late for the European theater.
  5. They were present with both the British and American landings, and were conversions of standard LCT V. The LCT (A) had an armored conning tower and ramps so that two tanks could fire over the bow during the run-in. The LCT (HE) were essentially identical to the LCT (A) and were originally intended to transport the M7 105mm SP on the run in, but in the end got used in the same role as the LCT (A). The LCT(CB) were also nearly identical to the LCT (A), but were intended as "concrete busters" and were to carry two supernumerary Sherman 17-pdr on the run-in. Two were originally intended for the Am
  6. That is LCG(L) 680, which was assigned to Group J.322 on JUNO, supporting the landing of the LCT(A), (HE), and (CB) with Centaurs of 4 Battery, 2nd RM Armour Support Regiment and LCT with the AVRE of 80th Assault Squadron RE and B Squadron, 22d Dragoons (Crab). The LCG(L) were conversions of LCT III IIRC and were to provide flanking fire during the final run in. They were also present on the American beaches, where they supported the landing of the LCT (A) and (HE) with the wading tanks of the assault Tank battalions.
  7. Not even that. Panzer III-based chassis, not Panzer IV, without doing the same rejiggering , since Henschel was building Panzer III.
  8. The problem is, you're using a plural - "Tiger factories" - when what you need to use is a singular - "Tiger factory". Effectively, all Henschel Tiger production was done by Henschel's Werk III, Mittelfeld, Kassel, which was not a sterling example of assembly line mass production. Instead, they were focused entirely on classic heavy machinery station assembly methods. While producing the Panzer III for the 38 months for October 1939 through November 1942 they averaged just under 27.5 tanks completed per month. In 17 months of Tiger I production, August 1942 through December 1943 they averaged
  9. 1. Yes. The Regular Army brigade structure was eliminated between August 1939 and October 1940. The conversion of the National Guard divisions began in winter 1941 and spring 1942. The Organized Reserve divisions were converted as they were activated. 2. No. 3. Most were retained as separate regiments.
  10. Only the British produced the Mark III Airborne carriage, although they did supply them to the 82d and 101st A/B and possibly later the 17th. It was narrower to make it easier to load in a glider, and was lighter, but I have not tracked down by how much. The Jeep was the prime mover for all the heavy airborne guns, including the 105mm M3, the 75mm M1, the 40mm M1, and the 57mm.
  11. I think he is...and so am I. The Lend-Lease Act of March 1941, predated the attack on Pearl Harbor by nine months. It gave close to $7-billion in Lend-Lease aid to Great Britain, supplemented by $6-billion more authorized 23 October 1941, a month and a half before Pearl Harbor. The intent was to finance the British war effort, since the British exchequer was essentially running dry of foreign exchange.
  12. I don't think Bill did completely...but I tried to. https://www.amazon.com/Cracking-Hitlers-Atlantic-Wall-Engineers/dp/0811705897#customerReviews
  13. It depended a lot on where and which units. The Beach Obstacle Clearance Parties probably had the highest casualty rates.
  14. Agents, supplies, and armies in the case of the last time the British were in Spain. This time I suspect that agents and supplies will be sufficient, because, of course, Germany really needed another Yugoslavia, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Holland, Belgium, France, Czechoslovakia, and European Russia to occupy and subdue. There is an odd belief that Alan Brooke's "million tons of shipping saved" fib was true and that once Gibraltar was opened millions of tons of shipping were actually saved. The problem is there is zero evidence that the British Chiefs of Staff ever did an actual
  15. Well, obviously no, because the united Kriegsmarine, Regiamarina, and Armada EspaƱola will occupy Gibraltar and close the straits, while the Dai-Nippon Teikoku Kaigun will occupy Suez and close the canal. So of course the Mediterranean becomes an Axis lake and the Royal Navy can't do diddlysquat to stop it. Game over man!
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