Did the Navy win the Battle of Britain?

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by adrian roberts, Aug 25, 2006.

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  1. leccy

    leccy Senior Member

    Maybe by sneaking one of these in

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  2. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Interesting the crowd around the event. It must have been quite a rare happening to draw so much interest. Funny too that they are using a captured tank instead of one of their own. Perhaps they didn't want to run the risk of having it plop into the harbour bottom so used an expendable one?

    In any case this experiment - may I call it so? - illustrates the (uncertain - hence the crowd) praticality of the concept on a functioning quay (zat is, not wrecked by demolition) at the right tide height for one tank or two. Now, how about the rest of the arrangement for an entire battalion of 60 tanks, plus the array of the wheeled vehicle train needed to keep it going?

    Absent proper beach assault craft (LCTs, LSTs) in quantity, the only practical way to make anything work efficiently would have followed the same method as the Afrika Korps landed his stuff in Lybia (or as the Brits landed theirs in Alexandria): by freighter on a properly equipped port (Benghazi, Tripoli, etc). A humble 5000tons freighter would be able to carry vehicles in quantity, and land them by using the harbour cranes.

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    And here is another example, from a Seelöwe exercise...
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    All the rest is simply Propagandakompanie work, sorry. Can we call this myth busted?
     

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  3. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    And all the above would have to take place whilst being under fire.
    July to September and AH wanted it "ready to rock" from 15th September....... given the preparations made for D-Day the German idea that it was just like a large river crossing (according to the Army) really does not take into account the problems and concerns projected by the Navy.

    Thinking back to what Fred said on his sales website, his own view was that to discount the German potential for success was merely being unrealistic and to fall into the Allied vs "Nazi" mindset which Fred seems to think blinds one to the "real" outcome , I think this is a rather simplistic and self serving statement which the vast majority of people here have long left behind.

    To get back on track the Royal Navy did play a part in the defending GB against the possibility of invasion as did the RAF and the Army.
     
  4. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Just for a quick "Up Scope", followed by a "Dive! Dive! Dive!"

    Where are the German 1940 equivalent for these?

    link1 ; link2

    Great work, isn't it? :D
     
  5. leccy

    leccy Senior Member

    The Royal Navy did interfere with German Attempts to rescue downed aircrew, they did shoot down some aircraft, RN aircrew did take part in the BoB so even with nothing else they had some influence.
     
  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    The Royal Navy did interfere with German Attempts to rescue downed aircrew, they did shoot down some aircraft, RN aircrew did take part in the BoB so even with nothing else they had some influence.

    Didn't they also shoot down some RAF?
     

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