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Organizations and Equipment / Re: Ships!
« Last post by besilarius on Yesterday at 08:49:42 PM »
Austro Hungarian battleship Szent Istvan sinks on 11 June, 1918.  Sistership Tegetthof standing by.
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Organizations and Equipment / Re: B-17G down
« Last post by besilarius on Yesterday at 10:44:31 AM »
Zeno's Videos has put together a tribute to B-17 Nine-Oh-Nine.

http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/B-17NineONine.html
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Military (and other) History / Re: Afrika Korps logistics
« Last post by ArizonaTank on October 11, 2019, 10:12:38 AM »
I have read in several places (can't seem to find the references at the moment) that another logistics element that Rommel was good at was vehicle recovery. I think I remember reading that Rommel would typically recover over half of the vehicles lost in battle. Basically any vehicle that didn't explode or burn to a crisp could likely be repaired. So Rommel recognized how important it was to take and hold the battlefield where the hulks were. 

In general, the Germans were pretty good at vehicle recovery, and organizationally they recognized its importance. The Western Allies eventually caught up in this area by the time of the battles in France '44.
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Organizations and Equipment / Re: Ships!
« Last post by Steelgrave on October 10, 2019, 06:57:56 PM »
October 10, 2019. Houston, Texas. Currently...
Our USS Texas now listing 9° ...

It's past the point where bandaids will help.  The longer Texas delays real work, the more expensive the whole bill will be.

Damn, that's sad. I've walked the Texas many times and even have a pic of my Mom as a teenager sitting on the barrel of one of the side guns over the water!

Is there a preservation fund or any relief in sight?
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Organizations and Equipment / Re: Ships!
« Last post by besilarius on October 10, 2019, 05:23:28 AM »
October 10, 2019. Houston, Texas. Currently...
Our USS Texas now listing 9° ...

It's past the point where bandaids will help.  The longer Texas delays real work, the more expensive the whole bill will be.
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RIP...the area where he went into action is very, very close to where my uncle died, and might even be on the exact same date.
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Talk about brave.  RIP.

I can't believe there's only two other recipients left.

This reminds me that the Pritzker Military Museum has a podcast with some episodes featuring Medal of Honor recipients telling their stories.  It's really interesting hearing it straight from the vets themselves.
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Francis Currey, one of three remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipients, dies at 94. :notworthy:

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Francis Currey, one of the three living World War II Medal of Honor recipients and whose likeness was used to create Medal of Honor G.I. Joe in 1998, died on Tuesday. He was 94.

Currey, a native of Selkirk, New York, joined the U.S. Army when he was just 17. He was in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 as an automatic rifleman with the 3rd Platoon.

On Dec. 21, 1944, as German tanks approached Currey and his company while they were guarding a bridge crossing, Currey found a bazooka in a nearby factory. He crossed the street to secure rockets during an intense fight from enemy tanks and infantrymen. With the help of a companion, Currey knocked out a tank with one shot.

Moving to another position, Currey killed or wounded three German soldiers standing in the doorway of an enemy-held house. He emerged from cover and alone advanced to within 50 yards of the house. He ended up rescuing five Americas who were trapped and taking fire inside a building.

According to his biography on the Congressional Medal of Honor website, "Sgt. Currey was greatly responsible for inflicting heavy losses in men and material on the enemy, for rescuing 5 comrades, 2 of whom were wounded, and for stemming an attack which threatened to flank his battalion's position."

Currey received the Medal of Honor near Reims, France, on July 27, 1945, when he was 20 years old.

After being discharged from the Army in 1946, he served as a counselor in the Veterans Administration. He also owned a landscaping business.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/francis-currey-world-war-ii-medal-of-honor-recipient
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Organizations and Equipment / Re: Ships!
« Last post by besilarius on October 08, 2019, 05:35:18 AM »
On October 3, 1943, Aircraft from USS Ranger sank five German ships and damaged three more in Operation Leader, the only U.S. Navy carrier operation in northern European waters during World War II. Defying enemy shore batteries and warships lurking in Norwegian waters, a combined United States and British naval force that included a strongly escorted American aircraft carrier, struck a surprise blow at German merchant shipping in the Norwegian “leads” or inner waterways in the Bodoe area. German naval units in Norway, where the powerful battleship Tirpitz was lying in a fjord somewhere northeast of Trondheim, refusing to accept the obvious challenge to come out and fight. The only opposition was by enemy anti-aircraft fire and by two German planes, both of which were destroyed by fighters that took off from the American carrier, USS Ranger. Three planes from the carrier were shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire.
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Organizations and Equipment / Re: Ships!
« Last post by besilarius on October 06, 2019, 09:50:11 AM »
HMS Nelson equipped with UP Launchers on her main turrets.
UP or "Unrotated Projectile" Launchers were 20 round rocket launchers designed to form a protective barrier against attacking aircraft. Rockets were fired 10 at a time.

the UP rockets were not direct fire weapons.

Once they reached a preset distance from the ship they would deploy a mine suspended from three parachutes via a length of wire. Aircraft that flew into the wires would detonate the mine. The idea was that that launchers could create an aerial minefield around the ship.

However, the minefield was rarely dense enough to provide an obstacle to attacking aircraft. In addition, the slightest wind could disperse the mines over a wide area, even onto friendly ships and even back onto the ship that launched them. Last but not least, the supply of rockets stashed aboard a ship posed a significant fire hazard. During her final battle, HMS Hood took a hit on her boat deck that ignited her UP rockets, causing a large fire.

Though an interesting concept, the weapon was largely ineffective and quickly removed from British ships in 1941 in favor of additional AA guns.
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