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  1. Admiral_Bing

    Naval Underdogs: Poland - Discussion Thread

    Not sure what you mean? The model on WOW looks about right for a D Class all the Danaes were similar bar the fact that the model we have represents the later ships of the series with a trawler bow which the Dragon, Danae and Dauntless did not have and were consequently very wet forward as a result. Dragon in the 1920's would have had a seaplane hanger just in front of the bridge but this was removed in 1928. The E Class was based on the D Class but was significantly lengthened to increase speed to top 33 knots and were used to serve the in areas where a greater cruising range was needed.
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    Naval Underdogs: Poland - Discussion Thread

    "To add to that, the torpedo was launched by a "Neger" mini-submarine (or rather micro-submarine):" Tuccy Tuccy is right these were dangerous things they were not supposed to be a Kamikaze weapon but often the torpedo below did not release properly from the mothership and dragged the Neger and its commander to their doom. Drmajga we have a British version of the Dragon in the game which is the D Class Light Cruiser though I would be more than happy to see a ORP version in the game. Of the Ships in the game my fathers cousin served on several most are represented in the game HMS Valiant (HMS Warspite is the closest looking of the two QE ships) HMS Ceres (C Class Cruiser similar to HMS Caledon) HMS Iron Duke (then a Gunnery Trainer) HMS Dragon and Diomede (D Class Light Cruisers similar to Danae) HMS Ajax (Leader class Cruiser the one in the game is similar to Ajax's 1940 refit) Now all I need is a Hawkins Class Heavy Cruiser HMS Vindictive (as a cruiser and not an aircraft carrier) to complete the set (Hint Hint) -(It would be a good special as these were prototypes of all the heavy cruiser designs based on limitations set by the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922
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    Naval Underdogs: Poland - Discussion Thread

    My fathers cousin a Royal Marine was on HMS Dragon between July 1935 to June 1937 which was based in Bermuda. In December 1935 he crossed the line for the first time at position 37o 53’ West. HMS Dragon fired the Naval last shots of WW1 on November the 9th when Maurice Green, a South African, fired AA at German Seaplanes off the Helgoland Bight. The ship was then involved in the Russian civil war when it was struck by shore batteries killing 9 sailors. For most of WW2 she was considered a Lucky ship by her mostly South African crew. At Dakar in 1940 she sank a Vichy Submarine and suffered shore battery splinter damage only killing a canary. Coincidentally my fathers cousin was by then a Sergeant in 101st Royal Marine Battalion in an assault ship off Dakar which waited in vain for the order to land. Ordered to the China Station HMS Dragon was the last warship ship to leave Singapore before it fell and managed to miss both battles of the Java Sea against the Japanese which sent most of the rest of the allied ABDA fleet to the bottom. Eventually in early 1943 HMS Dragon returned to the UK waters in where she was updated with radar and modernized and handed over to the Polish Navy which had a great need for ships . After Arctic convoy duty she joined the D Day Invasion of Normandy shelling artillery positions between the 6th and the 18th of June. In July on the 8th the ORP Dragon's luck ran out Just as she was about to open fire on the city of Caen at extreme range to support a land assault on the City. HMS Dragon was hit by a torpedo which killed 26 Polish Sailors. The crew managed to keep the ship afloat but there was too much damage to economically repair so the ship was scuttled to form part of the Mulberry B Harbor.
  4. Strange that she never made it to the Korean War her artillery could have come in handy for shore bombardments.
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    Naval Underdogs: Spain - Discussion Thread

    On 25th October 1936 during the Spanish civil war my father's cousin a Royal Marine on the British D class light cruiser HMS Dragon attempted to tow off the Spanish Cruise liner Cristobel Colon which had come aground off a reef north of Bermuda, it was empty of passengers and it was claimed that it had been heading to Mexico to collect arms for the Republicans. The attempt to pull the ship off the reef was unsuccessful and the ship was stuck fast. The ship was systematically looted by the Bermudans but few were caught, eventually the 160 male and female crew were returned to Spain but several were killed by the Nationalists. Having being used as gunnery practice by the British during WW2 the Cristobel Colon's remains still lie submerged on the reef and are popular with divers. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20121208/ISLAND/712089958
  6. First rocket attack by the RAF on a shipping convoy, will have to try this in the test...
  7. Admiral_Bing

    Clan [AJX] Ajax

    Hi places are available for new clan members if you are interested.
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    HMS Dido

    The D Class cruiser HMS Dragon fired the last naval shots of WW1 when she fired on German seaplanes off the Heligoland Bight on 9th November 1918 and the last shot is credited to Maurice Green a South African. HMS Dido is credited with the last naval shot of WW2 when she fired a single shot at an approaching lone German aircraft on May 8th 1945 (VE day) which then turned away. This was as she was heading towards Copenhagen to accept a German Naval surrender. The crew of the gun is not known.
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    HMS Dido

    The author Alistair MacLean for some of his naval career was on HMS Royalist (a Dido class light Cruiser) his experience on the Arctic Convoys led to his first novel HMS Ulysses. The novel focuses on HMS Ulysses a fictional mutinous Dido type light Cruiser leading an arctic convoy; (and as currently available in WOW) features a Type C class light Cruiser; a Town class lend lease destroyer; Several American built Escort Carriers similar to the Bogue, and at the very end a German Hipper class heavy Cruiser as well as not in WOW an S class destroyer, V&W class destroyers and other smaller RN ships. If you want to get a sense of the true horror of an arctic convoy with the appalling weather and great dangers above and below the waves this is a good place to start.
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    Clan [AJX] Ajax

    New Clan Vacancy available please apply if interested. Note we will soon be a Class VI clan so get in before you need to earn additional oil. We are looking for players who play regularly, current level and skill are irrelevant. Note: vacancies are now filled but may be more in a few weeks.
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    Clan [AJX] Ajax

    New Clan Vacancy available please apply if interested. Note now filled.
  12. Admiral_Bing

    Battle of the River Plate 13 December 1939

    Thanks Tuccy, missed that. The York sub class was sometimes thought of as "Export" Cruisers by RN officers due to their limited number of main guns. It would be interesting to imagine if the County Class Cumberland (with its 4x2 8" turrets and extra torpedo each side) was available instead, how much that extra armament could have effected the battle in the Allies favor.
  13. In June 1940 with the surrender of France the French steam merchant ship Le Rhin sailed from Marseillaise for Gibraltar commandeered by Claude Andre Michel Peri (AKA Jack L'anglais) and his partner Madeleine Victorine Bayard (AKA Madeleine Barclay) who would be his First Officer, a SOE spy and a commissioned officer in the WRNS and one of the very few women afloat in a senior position on any British Naval warship during WW2. Le Rhin with her existing captain in charge was converted to HMS Fidelity a British Special Service Vessel which was commissioned on the 24th September 1940. HMS Fidelity's role as part of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was to sail off the coast of Southern France flying a neutral Spanish or Portuguese flag to land agents into France and to pick up allied airmen from the French escape lines and to undertake small scale sabotage operations the ship sailed twice on these missions but little of substance was achieved. Since both Claude Peri and Madeline Bayard has spent many years together with Marconi in French Indochina , they suggested that using this detailed knowledge of the area and utilising a specialist sabotage team and support equipment they could inflict significant damage on the Japanese forces in the area using HMS Fidelity as a base of operations as the Royal Navy could no longer hope to attack the Japanese directly in Indochina after the devastating loss of Singapore in December 1941 and the subsequent loss of most of the ABDA naval forces and bases in the area . Thus HMS Fidelity in 1942 was significantly upgraded to act as a Commando carrier and to be a serious armed threat if she was stopped for inspection by an unaware Japanese patrol ship (Which is largely how the cruiser HMAS Sydney was lost when she went in too close to inspect the German Auxiliary cruiser Kormoran posing as a neutral merchantman in 19th November 1941 although the Kormoran was also sunk in the action), HMS Fidelity was heavily armed with four single 4” (100mm) guns, 4 torpedo tubes, anti-torpedo nets, two OS2U Kingfisher float planes, two small landing craft and Motor Torpedo Boat 105. T Troop of Royal Marine 40 Commando was separately trained in Scotland for operations against the Japanese and specialized in explosive demolitions. On the 18th November 1942 HMS Fidelity, joined up at the starting point for Convoy ON 154 was to begin at Liverpool bound for New York consisting of 45 ships , HMS Fidelity herself was bound for the Panama canal for the Pacific and was to leave the convoy once the most dangerous part of the journey had been undertaken. Heading into the Atlantic aircraft patrol gap on 28 Dec 1942 HMS Fidelity launched a OS2U Kingfisher that later crashed in the sea, the two crew were rescued by Destroyer HMCS St. Laurent (H83). HMS Fidelity then had severe engine trouble with her triple expansion steam engines and fatefully dropped behind the convoy, for protection the ship deployed her anti torpedo nets and managed to maintain a slow speed of about 2/3 knots. On the 29th the captain decided to head for the Azores and HMS Fidelity launched her surviving aircraft and MTB 105 for antisubmarine patrols. The aircraft located two boatloads of survivors from torpedoed SS Empire Shackleton and the two landing craft were launched to tow these lifeboats back to the ship. By evening HMS Fidelity was in the cross hairs of two U boats, the first torpedo was launched from the stern of U 225 but missed, a couple of hours later torpedoes 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 were singly launched by U Boat 615 at HMS Fidelity but they either all missed or some or all were caught by the deployed anti torpedo netting. On the 30th of December HMS Fidelity, after losing contact with the patrolling MTB, was found by U 435, Torpedoes 7 and 8 launched by U-435 finally found their mark and HMS Fidelity was sunk at 43°23′N 27°07′W at 16:30 after a large explosion. The U boat commander noted a large number of people on rafts and survivors in the water before he left the area but later in the night the weather deteriorated. None of the 274 (some reports 280) Free French crew, 51 Royal Marines RM 40 Commando T troop & the ship's Royal Marine gunners, 4 civilians or the 44 rescued survivors from SS Empire Shackleton who were on board the ship survived. The only survivors were the eight member crew of MTB 105 which was on anti-sub patrol and had broken down with engine trouble away from the ship and drifted before later being rescued by the crew of HMCS Woodstock (K238) and the two pilots picked upon the 28th by the C Class Destroyer HMCS St. Laurent (H83). To this date RM 40 Commando has never reused T as a company designation in memory of the loss.