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    Degree in History and Politics. Interests are Military History, military models,

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  1. After twelve years and a billion dollars of investment before it got into the field today? That is what it would take in today's 'climate'.
  2. The M3 howitzer also had a HEAT round and some chance (even at just 1020ft/sec) of hitting something with it with four inches of penetration. But if your second last AT defence comes down to M3 howitzers (the last line being Bazookas), you are in a bit of trouble.
  3. And if they did have them were they tied in to the divisional net? Or just spread about to do their own thing? (which would be a pain if the regiment next to you was not able to supply some artillery support when you need it).
  4. Let us not forget that the English exported a fair number of their own to effectively work as slaves: around 50,000 convicts to the American colonies and 164,000 to the Australian colonies. So if there was so much of an excess form of labour, Britain would not have needed to import slaves but could have found a way of using that 200,000 plus in slave like labour at home.
  5. The widely use M1 75mm pack howitzer did not sport a shield. But the again neither did the Roman Perhaps in both cases it was considered that relevant counter battery weapons were not going to be effective.
  6. Probably ahead of time for vessels that were not capable of any sort of speed. An example in British service were the Harbour Defence Launches with a maximum speed of 12.5 knots (probably in good sea conditions). Being for harbour defence their six depth charges would have been set to shallow, so dropping a couple set on shallow at 12 knots or less may have been a bit 'interesting'. For the USN, the USS Sylph would be an interesting example. A patrol yacht (yes that is right) with a maximum speed of 10 knots carrying both Y and K guns and a depth charge rack. https://en.wikip
  7. Racial purity? But https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerset_v_Stewart may be of interest.
  8. Years ago, playing football of the American variety, we taped our ankles before games and training, went through a lot of tape. It seems that when you have an ankle injury the muscles / tendons etc can heal, but the nerves that provide warning of injury takes up to a year to heal. Good taping - like a stirrup from one side to another, or even from the outside of the ankle to curl around the instep - gives hints to the ankle when you are about to be injured by tugging on the skin, which provides a second set of messages that you should either stabilise or indeed fall over rather than re-damag
  9. I was wrong before...... but perhaps Burma? Quoting wiki..... Nonetheless, the Blenheim played a role in preventing India from falling and in recapturing Burma, destroying over 60 aircraft on the ground in raids on Bangkok early in the campaign.[48] One Blenheim pilot, Squadron Leader Arthur Scarf, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for an attack on Singora, Thailand, on 9 December 1941. Another bomber of No. 60 Squadron RAF was credited with shooting down Lt Col Tateo Katō's Nakajima Ki-43 fighter and badly damaging two others in a single engagement on 22 May 1942, o
  10. I suspect that this was of RAAF rather than RAF aircraft. There are indications that no RAF Beauforts served, except very briefly, in the Pacific. Australia built 700 Beauforts. Britain about 1,100. Australian Beauforts used PW Wasp engines, that were also used on some British built 'Forts.
  11. The Mediterranean was not coastal to Australia. 😁 Perhaps they were used there so as to not have to draw Flowers from their vital duties in the Atlantic? Bathursts were a bit smaller than Flowers, so would have been even less suitable for that ocean.
  12. Early Canadian Flowers were also equipped as minesweepers, but lost the gear, thankfully, so that they could do their proper job. The Bathurst Class was based on a minesweeper rather than a whale catcher, but the end result was similar in function and form. The Bathursts had quite a war, from sinking Japanese submarines, to assisting in the destruction of a U-Boot, convoy escort, shore bombardment and even taking part in amphibious landings in the Med. Quite a career for a class of 60 small ships from the antipodes. One of the most notable being, quoting Wiki: In November 1
  13. There is at least one inaccuracy in this video: at about 26:12 the HMCS Sackville is claimed to be the only Second World War Corvette left in the world. It is true that it is the only Flower Class Corvette, but in Australia are two Bathurst Class Corvettes, one afloat and one on land. The Bathurst Class was roughly the equivalent of Australian built Flowers, a little smaller than the Flowers but they served as far away from Australia as the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathurst-class_corvette
  14. Ah, nothing about the Australians involved here of course.
  15. Yes, PIAT, but it isn't wartime footage as such but from the 1946 film 'Their's is the Glory' about Operation Market Garden, not filmed with actors but with the actual troops and Dutch civilians who were there (doctor, priest, nurse etc). Includes real German AFVs - you can spot a Panther and a Stug III easily. Filmed on location as well. Worth watching for British use of weapons and tactics. You can view on youtube and the PIAT scene is at 43:17, and there is a good chance that the 'actor' had actually fired one in battle as well.
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