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  1. Not really, the negotiations focused on Spain joining the war, what would be given in exchange and Gibraltar. Germany could always invade it yes, but this means opening another front when Hitler wanted to invade the Soviet Union. It also means British taking over Canary Islands Pretty much nothing. I can only think of good bases in the Mediterranean/Atlantic and the possibility of taking Gibraltar. Of course, Spanish Army was significant in numbers but would need equipment. The problem for the Germans as well was that Spanish claims/demands to join the war clased with those of Vich
  2. Also, protection was judged to be defficient and an extra kit was added.
  3. Australia has really struggled with the Tigers, they achieved FOC much later than expected and there were all sorts of issues. Logistics were complex because of the distance and small numbers produced.
  4. Not really. Fanco's regime was aware that the country was in a really bad state after the Spanish Civil War. There was some temptation after the fall of France but the outcome of the Battle of Britain pretty much put and end to it. Spain's intervention would mean the loss of the Canary Islands. The country was really dependent on food imports from America. Franco ordered 3 reports of the chief of staff of the Navy, Air Force and army. All 3 were against joining the war. Also, the UK bribed some generals to gain influence over the Spanish regime. The report presented by the Navy can b
  5. I remember this being discussed a few years ago in another forum. It seems Germany had a window of opportunity in the summer of 1940. At this time Italian 10th Army had 100,000 men and controlled Cyrenaica, including the harbour at Bardia. The British Army had 90,000 men in all of the Middle East, 50,000 in Egypt. If Germany could have provided some reinforcements and Luftwaffe support maybe it could have been done. As a note, Jodl presented his memorandum on 30th June 1940.
  6. How critical was this dependency on the short term though? On 30th June 1940 Jodl presented Hitler with a 6 page report on how to carry on the war against the UK. One of the strategies was a "peripheric approach" knocking the UK out of the Mediterranean, which would hamper the British war effort. Hitler didn't really consider it because he thought England would accept the peace conditions offered.
  7. Bosnian soldiers fixing a M47 Patton, photo taken in Tuzla.
  8. I also enjoyed Christer Bergstrom's "The Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited". His analysis on the Bf 110 performance and review of Goering actions were very interesting.
  9. Italian pilots were considered to be skilled in aerobatics. Some of them extremely experienced. There was a case of British fighters attacking one in the Battle of Britain but being unable to shoot it down because pilots could outmanoeuvre the attackers. Having said that, biplanes were hopelessly inferior in speed, protection, climb rate and armament. IIRC in Italy they stayed longer in service because pilots wanted aircraft with higher manoeuvrability, but at the end they transition to single wing types. It is also worth pointing out that in Spanish Civil War biplanes also struggled to c
  10. Yes, they are part of the first ever underwater museum... There is even a C-130 Hercules http://alejandro-8.blogspot.com/2019/07/jordania-inaugura-el-primer-museo.html
  11. This is the only one so far (*), which makes me wonder how often it took place. Yes, the turret mantlet was modified but there are not many evidences. In Axis History Forum pretty much every Panther loss in the Western Front has been analysed and I have not come accross any photo. Maybe it took place a few times in the Eastern Front, where cameras were not so common, but then again no proofs. (*) I also thought it could have been a manipulation, like those Panther with IR sights.
  12. This is one of the clearest photos I have seen, altough turret was rotated and prjectile did not hit chassis roof in sriver's section.
  13. A while ago I built a CAD model with shape of Panther's front hull upper plate. A typical steel density of 8000 kg/m3 was used. The 60 mm plate weighted 1,472 kg, and the 20 mm extra 490.973 kg. As Bojan said, initial weight objective were not realistic, and the number of changes to it did not help.
  14. Peter Samsonov's book on T-34 design devotes quite a few pages to the radio setup in the T-34. Some data on it's installation (pag 79): - For the T-34 production plan approved on 19th December 1939, the objaective was to produce 1600 T-34s in 1941, 668 with radios and 932 without. Of course, these are plans that had to be changed modified following Barbarossa. Christian Mulsow's book on T-34 provides the following details for T-34s produced in 1940: - 99 did not have a radio - Radio in the turret: 7 - Radio in the full: 5 Thus the ratio was ~8:1. In 1941 there was
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