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  1. Verblonde

    London Port... Modern or Historical?

    I suspect, for true authenticity, a modern London would require quite complex programing to capture the full experience of the place e.g. the odd rogue northerner being lynched for making eye-contact with a local and saying 'hello' or similar...
  2. Don't mind which, so long as the ship's horn sound is a judicious clip from this:
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    Spanish Ships line

    I have quite high hopes for a PE tree, assuming WG can be bothered - with all the various odds and ends from the 'minor' naval nations, it could end up being very interesting and varied, not to mention quite large. The Russian BBs are in for commercial reasons - the Russian player base is very large and has crippling 'short man anxiety' i.e. struggles to accept that historically there is an area of martial endeavour that they suck at...
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    Why has the flag on the Błyskawica changed?

    That would be two trees, and entirely unwieldy, unless you mean Axis/Allies from only the smaller nations. From a practical standpoint, what WG are already doing is eminently sensible and practical; it's also in the players' interests - single ships with specific captains are a menace to get to a reasonable standard (unless you already have multiple thousands of games and, as a result, lots of 19-point captains) without spending money - as @Cagliostro_chan points out, a Pan European nation (or whatever, PA, South America etc.) allows you to move captains between ships, speeding up the acquisition of captain points, provided there are enough available ships. This is just a game, and one should resist political paranoia; it's only an entirely made-up flag/logo, and you can put the 'real' nation flag on the relevant ship(s) if you want. Also, yes, I thought the same thing when Chinese nationalists (small 'n' deliberately) got their knickers in a twist over the flags on the PA ships too.
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    Operation Dynamo

    The more Ops the better; Dynamo in particular can't return soon enough - it used to be great fun.
  6. Verblonde

    Why has the flag on the Błyskawica changed?

    Ah, a xenophobe? No further explanation necessary then.
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    Soviet Submarine SPecial Captain

    If Connery ish too exshpenshive, what about Jürgen Prochnow? I imagine he's reasonably inexpensive...
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    Permanent camouflage

    Click the cogwheels bottom right of your main port screen: Each of the sub-menus has a sub-section: Anything where the eyeball logo is visible is enabled, and things with a crossed out eyeball are hidden. I can't remember which one covers off the French cammo ('Decorative' maybe?), but if you make sure nothing is filtered out you should enable it, then try disabling things in turn to hide anything you want to avoid seeing.
  9. Of course, because DDs are splendid! However, the sensible answer is to play all the classes (perhaps not CVs if you aren't keen) as that will teach you what they all can/can't do; the better your understanding of all that stuff, the better you'll do with whichever class ends up being your favourite.
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    Permanent camouflage

    As @Klopirat says, first check your filters are off for the relevant cammo, then go to the exterior tab->camouflage; you should see something like this: Clicking on the cammo in question and selecting 'mount' should do the trick. You also want 'auto-resupply' selected.
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    Why has the flag on the Błyskawica changed?

    Seriously? Who cares that much? It's just a 'catch all' nation category - somewhere to put ships from any sufficiently small naval nations that don't get a tree of their own.
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    Can we get the new French captain for free?

    This. If you have a 'top x%' requirement it's doubly pernicious: regardless of how much everyone plays, only that x% can possibly earn the reward by definition. 'Achieve y' where y is a definite and fixed goal is much fairer, as everyone (who is prepared to put in the effort) can earn the reward.
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    It sounds a bit like an enormously fat and bad-tempered dakka DD, with a citadel - I'm starting to feel the urge; just need several thousand more coal first...
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    Need Advice

    Make sure your first ten points on your captain looks like this (or close): 1) PT tells you how many people have main guns pointed at you, which is very helpful to know (some take PM instead, but these days I tend to think info trumps damage resistance in this case). 2) LS is completely essential, as you've discovered - this'll save your donkey all kinds of often. 3) SE gives you extra hp per level; again, this will probably save you quite frequently. 4) CE is obvious on almost all DDs (exceptions might include some gunboats where you rarely remove your extremities from the fire button). There are some variants on this, but you'll struggle to go too far wrong with this set-up.
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    Question for Benson Captains.

    +1 for more damage; my feeling is that the extra damage will probably matter more frequently than the difference in reload time will...