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  1. Historynerd

    This is the LAST straw! I've had "It"!

    I'm disappointed, because I expected to see this:
  2. Historynerd

    The hysteria surrounding Russian ships

    If I'm not mistaken, there was somewhere a topic about book suggestions... I'll see if it's still there... One time I would've said that the Italian line is so late because of difficulties accessing the archives, but it turns out WG has blown the issue out of proportions, so it's kind of a conscious choice. They just want to milk their largest chunk of playerbase for all they're worth before moving on to... well, less awaited things. Unfortunately, even though some people quite like Italian ships, the demand is decidedly lower. I have the Cesare, and she is kind of the exception that proves the rule (alongside with Roma, which is frustrating but can also be rewarding); also because, in the opposite way, she is effed up, but becoming borderline OP instead of underwhelming. Mainly because the stealth and mobility combo which is pretty deadly at Tier 5 and makes her competitive at Tier 7, coupled with an incredibly comfortable main battery (they were lazy and copy-pasted the Dunkerque's HE).
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    The hysteria surrounding Russian ships

    On one hand, it is well true that in terms of naval engagements fought by any Russian vessel in that timeframe, they fall far short than anything that the two other navies you mentioned did. On the other hand... without discussing that, and without doubting that in terms of relative importance Russia never relied on its navy with anything like what the Regia Marina or the Koninklijke Marine meant for their countries, it would not be correct to assume that nothing was did, of strategic importance. I don't know any source about WWII, but about WWI I can recommend Paul Halpern's book about the naval war all around the globe, and its chapters about the Baltic and Black Seas proved to be very illuminating for me. While engagement were very few, the Russian Navy did more than sit in its harbours and await the revolution; while constrained by several factors, especially the geographic ones, its ship and its men fought two campaigns that, while little known, deserve to be considered more. Just my two cents about the history. In terms of the game... anybody could've guessed that there was no way that the RM would've come before the Russian tree, so I've sort of made my peace with that. I just hope that they don't take too much time to bring the first Italian line, and it proves different than what most RM premiums so far have shown.
  4. Historynerd

    The hysteria surrounding Russian ships

    The Regia Marina has put up a better fight against the Royal Navy than commonly thought, though, even though nobody could claim the Italian ships (or Italian doctrine, or interforce cooperation) didn't have several issues.
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    Hypothetical size limits of warships

    Indeed. As for infrastructure, truer words were never spoken. Just to speak about Italy's situation, although there were ideas and concepts for battleships bigger and more powerful than the Littorio-class, in practical terms the four ships of that class were the limit of what Italy in 1940 could support with relative ease; just to say, there were only three drydocks in Italy capable of servicing them, only one of them placed in a first-rate operational base (Taranto), with the other two at Genoa and Venice.
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    Hypothetical size limits of warships

    It wasn't an absolute limit, as proved by the Montana-class, since they would've been wider than the locks. It would've meant they wouldn't have been able to quickly pass from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, but this is not the reason why they weren't built.
  7. Historynerd

    Fan made Italian tech tree

    Good idea. This will be me.
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    Fan made Italian tech tree

    Well, Flamu is experienced, and he had the luck of stumbling upon a rather pathetic red team (they ought to buy "How to WASD for dummies"). Man, with everything going on in the world and in Italy, this is a really disheartening Christmas present from WG. No RM premium at all would've been better, in the end.
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    [EXCERPT] WGFest 2018 - RUBBs and RNCVs

    If we get stuff like the Giussano at Tier 5 or horse manure like that, I'd be tempted to say that they can keep their bloody summer! Sorry if I look bitter, but I was hoping for some common sense; however, Leone doesn't seem to me like a step in the right direction.
  10. Historynerd

    Holiday Lottery 2018 - Try your luck !

    I would like to join the lottery.
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    [EXCERPT] WGFest 2018 - RUBBs and RNCVs

    No surprise there. Did anybody here ever thought the Italians had any realistic chance of showing up before the Russian BBs? I didn't. Besides, if all we get from WG, in terms of Italian ships, is mostly overtiered ships or ships whose details are chosen from Russian authors with dubious credentials instead of official Italian documents... well, might as well forget it. I'm not even sure I want an Italian tree from WG, at this point; not if they keep mucking it up like this.
  12. Historynerd

    British Heavy Cruiser Line ***UPDATED***

    To be completely honest, if any County-class cruiser turns out as Tier 8, while the likes of Algérie and Zara (it's not a given, but it's not unlikely) are kept at Tier 7, I'd be most disappointed. In my opinion, the Surrey-class project is a much better option.
  13. This film focuses on the figure of Luigi Rizzo (1887 - 1951), Italian naval officer. A merchant navy captain, he was mobilized in the Regia Marina for WWI; he was eventually transferred to the MAS flotilla. When operating aboard these fast attack crafts, he obtained notable successes, among which the sinking of the old coastal defense ship SMS Wien and the dreadnought SMS Szent István, for which he was awarded with two Gold Medals and three Silver Medals for Military Valour. After the war, he participated in Gabriele D'Annunzio's Impresa di Fiume, and retired as Capitano di Fregata in 1920. Resuming his career in the merchant navy, he was named Conte di Grado in 1932, and in 1936 was promoted Ammiraglio di Divisione of the Naval Reserve for exceptional service. Briefly resuming active service in the early years of WWII, he became president of the CRDA in 1943; when Italy signed the armistice on 8 September, he ordered to sabotage the ships to avoid them falling in the hands of the Germans. For this, he was detained by the Gestapo in Austria till the end of the war. In his honour, the Marina Militare named two ships, a Carlo Bergamini-class frigate and a new FREMM-class frigate that entered service in 2017.
  14. Historynerd

    Fan made Italian tech tree

    ...Do we even have to comment this? Maybe it's for the better that the regular tree doesn't come at all; I'd rather have no tree than a tree full of overtiered, mediocrely performing ships. Which drunk and ignorant Russian author did they follow this time around?