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  1. I wasn't referring to the Japanese attack across the airstrip. I was referring to the Marines' attack across the airstrip, after that. Airstrips may have proved easy to take but they proved fairly hard to hold when the enemy was also present on the island they were on. Airfield security appears to have occupied a great many troops for a long time. If the airfield was situated on an undefended island where the Japanese weren't, that problem would have been alleviated in my opinion.
  2. I'd agree with you except the attack across the airfield at Peleliu seemed rather silly when they could have gone around. As for amphibious assaults, the choice of island and beach(s) perhaps left a bit to be desired. Why attack the enemy's strongpoint when there is an undefended island is next door which can have an airstrip built on it just as easily and more safely than capturing the defended one? All too often it seems that it was decided to attack the enemy where he was strongest rather than where he was weakest.
  3. This assumes of course that the Japanese haven't taken Java or Sumatra. Where were these "couple of corps" to come from? As to the "fighting savvy of the US marines", having watched "The Pacific" the last few weeks I've been wondering where that was, at least up till 1944. Admittedly its a Hollywood portrayal of war but it does purport to portray real events which did occur. The Marines were good, at an individual level and as brave as any fighting men. My problem is the mentality of mounting frontal attacks all the time, failing to outflank the enemy. failing to secure ground after it was taken and assuming that firepower solves all tactical problems.
  4. I think that rather depends on whether you have been able to suppress the enemy's air defences or not. If you haven't, then flying at medium or high-altitudes to deliver the JDAM becomes as dangerous as flying your multi-million dollar plane at low-altitude. The assumption behind the low-level attack profile was that in the high threat, Warsaw Pact environment, it was safer and more accurate (with the lack of precision guided munitions) to do so. That assumption of course assumed that the low-level defences would only have a few seconds of exposure time to the aircraft as it flashed by, overhead. That may have been true in Europe, where terrain and vegetation limited visibility but in the open, flat deserts of Iraq it wasn't true. That hasn't necessarily rendered the low-level attack profile too dangerous, just that it must be used more cautiously, coupled perhaps with self-propelled stand-off munitions like Stormshadow in those situations where enemy air defences are still active at medium or high altitude.
  5. The Bf109Ts were also used operationally, from the notoriously short strips in northern Norway. They served there until relatively late in the war because of their superior short-field performance.
  6. The Corsair wasn't cleared for carrier use in the USN until, I think, March 1944. To even get to that point, the USN had it modified extensively with improved undercarriage, additional spoilers on the wing and modified cockpit. It was cleared by the RN earlier than that, without all those modifications.
  7. Bit rough and ready but thank you for your explanation.
  8. No, you're not imagining it. See my comment earlier about Margaret Thatcher's contribution to the manufacture of ice cream. One of the things they've done, apart from pumping air into the mixture to lighten it was through that method decrease the amount of buttermilk required for the mixture.
  9. So, at 500m, when compared to the penetration you stated for the 20pdr at that range, penetration for the 90mm would be neglible?
  10. Did you make a mistake while typing the penetration for the 90mm? Shouldn't it be "76mm@60deg@500m"?
  11. I was surprised while watching a documentary tv show on ice-cream that Margaret Thatcher is the person we supposedly owe the debt of modern "airy" ice-cream to. As an industrial chemist she worked out how to pump air into ice-cream and cut down its weight and increased its volume. Never did like her.
  12. Depends how you define that concept. If you mean they organised their units and sub-units, then I think you'll find it was more common than that. The Chinese Imperial dynasties were as good and they did it for approximately 2,500 years. The secret of course is bureaucracy.
  13. How wonderful the universe is

  14. Wow! Thats big! Thats a lot of aircraft. I never realised it was that large.
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