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  1. HEARTS OF OAK ****** We still make them feel and we still make them flee,And drub them ashore as we drub them at sea,Then cheer up me lads with one heart let us sing,Our soldiers and sailors, our statesmen and king. ****** Hearts of Oak is a clan named after the upbeat Royal Navy march, aimed at capitalising on the upcoming Scenarios Mode as well as friendly division or event play between players interested in Naval History. We aren't bothered about competitive play so much as the context and history of naval warfare. That being said, healthy competition is always welcome whether it be in one of our unique and historical Fleet Engagements* or who knows the most about HMS Victory! As such, enthusiasts of earlier periods as well as the 20th century are also very welcome. Stats and battle count aren't important here in the slightest, though a desire to improve is strongly encouraged. What you should be able to offer us: A genuine and sincere interest in naval history; regardless of period. The motivation to join in with scenario battles on occasion. A friendly, mature approach to both gaming and historical discussion. A favourite era/period A favourite ship type/class/line Ability to speak and/or type English at any level*** Voice chat is never mandatory in this clan, except for competitive modes, though you will need to join in on our Discord Server. What HEART offers you: Unique Fleet Engagements! Re-live history! Healthy academic conversation or debate about naval history/history in general Open, chilled and friendly Random battle divisions Grinding help or assistance and training with the game itself The possibility of inter-clan play. The option to leave us at any time for any reason Sorry, but as a mature group, where mutual respect is compulsory applications from those 18+ will be considered Interested? Leave a comment and one of us will PM you!
  2. "Much Better Than Any Anime Mod Out There, Satisfaction Guaranteed Or Your Internets Back" By WhiskeyWolf WHAT'S THIS MOD ABOUT? Basically, this modification for World of Warships aims to convert as much as possible the UI and text descriptions of the game, in order to make WoWs photorealistic (I've used real photos in high resolution of the WW2 conflict) and historically correct. Without forget to mention the documentary like flavour I've given to the art style of WoWs. FOR WHAT KIND OF PLAYER IS THIS MOD FOR? This mod aims to compel whoever loves the naval history behind World of Warships. Poeple that would love to see realistic pictures of their favorite warships implemented in the game client. People with much knowledge regarding the naval battles exploded inside the atlantic, mediterranean and pacific theatres. "If this was any more realistic you would have Japanese Kamikaze flying out of your monitor." By WhiskeyWolf WHO IS WORKING ON THIS PROJECT? Sys7ema (Ex. Founder of Team 20.3cm and Rising Sun), one of the very first modders during the Alpha of the game, also known in the global WoWs community for his great Kantai Collection modifications. Examples of his past works: WHO IS ADVISING THIS PROJECT? Chamorro, probably one of the most knowledgeable persons and contributors that Tsukotaku ever met, especially in this community. Wihtout his help and information, this project wouldn't be able to take off. WHAT'S THE STATUS OF THIS MOD? I've covered only 5% of the total GUI and 3% of the text descriptions as per 27/11/17, with much more to come during the following weeks! The results are incredible already: WHERE IS THE DOWNLOAD? Since the mod is in very early stage of delevopement the download is NOT AVAILABLE yet. I need first to rebalance the contrast of certain in-battles elements to make it actually playable by everyone in grayscale tones. Once this is done, I'll submit everything to WG in order to publish a working version with the lastest build of the game. This topic is just a showcase of the work that me and Chamorro are doing, to let know the community that such project is happening. HOW CAN YOU HELP US? Simple! By providing us with feedbacks and comments! What's better than having you, the users (The final target of this mod), express your thoughts about this "Photorealistic WW2 Total UI Conversion"? "MAN UP!" By WhiskeyWolf
  3. AndyHill

    The Ballad of Maurice Harper

    Warning: this is a very sad and touching, yet possibly educational story. Hi everyone, my name is Maurice Harper and I'm one of the oldies. I was there in July of 2015, when it all started. I was the one who figured out what a St. Louis was. And then there was the three St. Louis -division and after that the original, completely bonkers Cleveland.The rest of the grind to Des Moines was a bit of a nightmare, but eventually it was worth it and I got to captain the 3rd T10 ship on the account. During the first clan wars season I captained what was basically the only radar ship of the clan, it was glorious fun. I have history and memories. Achievements and victories, 19 points of experience. What I don't have is a job. I don't even mind the likes of Halsey - a truly legendary character - but I do mind it a bit when John Jack Jake Jill Does get boosted to 19 points with experience I earned and then they steal my job just because they are simply better. Who cares about history when you can get better performance out of some no-name new guy. Hi everyone, my name is Ryo Fuwa and I'm also one of the oldies from July 2015. I have sailed so many Kazes that nobody invites me to any parties because I still stink of dead baby seals. I probably hold all kinds of records in devastating strikes and I was the dude who finally got that super annoying liquidator-achievement for that one annoying campaign mission. I was the first captain to reach 19 points. I still have a job. For now. It's an honor to fight alongside Mr. Yamatomato, but it's only a matter of time when I'm replaced by Squiggles Doe or something pointless like that. When that happens, I will have so many glorious stories to tell - so much history - but nobody will listen. Hi everyone, I'm a cute Anime Princess. I'm not that old (all actors depicted above 18 yo), but I'm cute and funny and that's why there once was a plan for boosting a bunch of Anime Princesses to 19 points and replacing IJN captains with us. That plan is no more. It would be pure waste of captain XP, since eventually there will be superior "special" captains to replace all of us who don't have superhuman abilities. Same goes for Dashas, cats, dragons, Jinglesesses and other weird and funny animals - unless they get some extra bonuses to make them useful. That makes me very sad and since I'm very cute, you should feel sad for me unless you're dead inside or something. What plan to replace IJN captains with Anime Princesses? All of the above people(?) have two things in common: they are interesting or funny in some ways and they have no special skills, which means that their days are eventually numbered. And that's a lot of potential wasted. The game should celebrate their achievements and history, showcase their service records and make you care about them. Remember the captain you sailed to your first rank 1 with or your first solo warrior? Or did you know that one dude(tte) who seems to sail with krakens every time you go to battle together? Do you remember who was the captain who got you your first Tier 10 ship? I do, he's currently out of a job thanks to Yamamoto. All of the above are things the game should help you remember and celebrate, but it does the polar opposite. The constant flow of special skills captains make all of the oldies and funny special captains irrelevant - the characters you really should care about. Why would I pay for a cute anime princess if she will sooner or even sooner be replaced with someone who is just better in battle? When we finally got Dasha captains I didn't even get one, since there was no room for her in my fleet captained by a number of much less special but a bit more capable captains. This is all very unnecessary, though. Instead of John Jack Jake Jill Does, give us skill sets that can be assigned to existing captains just like permanent camoflages of old (that could not be removed). These could be rewards for missions or sold in stores like the "special" captains are now - or you could have country-specific missions like the ones for ship special modules. Start collecting (or showcase already collected) statistical data for captains. What ships they have sailed, how many games, the number of krakens and confederates, anniversary bonuses for every year they've served in your fleet and so on. The possibilities are endless. Compared to carrierpocalypse or other major current questions this might sound like a small issue, which it by all means is. However, adding personality to and making you care about your captains could add to the gameplay experience in a fairly cost-effective manner. Don't make us choose between fun and effective, when there is no reason for them to be mutually exclusive. Jingles is finally about to be a character in the game, but if he doesn't have special skills, he will eventually be pointless. Which is kind of sad.
  4. Spartan41

    hate the new hull designations

    what the hell is this kongo a b and c were is my 1939 version gone change it back the changes that have been made were not asked for and are crap
  5. Greetings. 30 y/o semi-mature dude from .no looking for a decent clan to play with. Since i'm quite new to the game i don't bring alot of experience with me, but i'm willing to learn. My interest around this game is military history in general. From Hannibal to WW2, although i'm fairly new to naval warfare in general. I would like to play all kinds of gameplay and seeing how i'm single and with no kids i gots lots of sparetime.
  6. One of my favourite short articles about the differences in German warship design between WWI and II. http://www.navweaps.com/index_tech/tech-044.htm
  7. Lord_Of_Storms

    USS Enterprise (history info)

    Characteristics: Name: USS Enterprise (CV-6) Ordered: 1933 Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Laid down: 16 July 1934 Launched: 3 October 1936 Commissioned: 12 May 1938 Decommissioned: 17 February 1947 Honors and awards: Silver-service-star-3d.png Campaign Star Bronze-service-star-3d.png 20 Battle Stars NavyPres.gif Presidential Unit Citation Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation American Defense Service ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal ("Fleet" clasp) American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (20 stars) World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Phliber rib.png Philippine Liberation Medal (1 star) British Admiralty Pennant General characteristics:Class & type: Yorktown-class aircraft carrier As built: 19,800 tons standard 25,500 tons full load From October 1943: 21,000 tons standard 32,060 tons full load Length:As built: 770 ft (230 m) waterline 824 ft 9 in (251.38 m) overall From July 1942:827 ft 5 in overall length Beam:As built: 83 ft 3 in (25.37 m) 109 ft 6 in (33.38 m) overall From October 1942:114 ft 5 in overall width From October 1943: 95 ft 5 in waterline Draft: 25 ft 11.5 in (7.912 m) Propulsion: 9 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers 4 × Parsons geared turbines 120,000 shp 4 × propellers Speed: 32.5 knots (37.4 mph; 60.2 km/h)Range: 12,500 nautical miles (23,150 km; 14,380 mi) at 15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h) Complement: 2,217 officers and men (1941) Sensors and processing systems: CXAM-1 RADAR[1] Armament: As built: 8 × single 5 in/38 cal guns 4 × quad 1.1 in/75 cal guns 24 × .50 caliber machine guns From April 1942: 8 × 5 in/38 cal 4 × quad 1.1 in/75 cal 30 × 20 mm Oerlikon cannons From mid-June 1942 to mid-Sept 1942: 8 × 5"/38 cal 5 × quad 1.1"/75 cal 32 × 20 mm Oerlikons From Mid-Sept. 1942: 8 × 5 in/38 cal 4 × quad 40 mm Bofors guns 1 × quad 1.1 in/75 cal 44 × 20 mm Oerlikons(46 from 11/42) From October 1943: 8 × 5 in/38 cal 40 × 40 mm Bofors (8×2, 6×4) 50 × 20 mm Oerlikon From September 1945: 8 × 5 in/38 cal 54 × 40 mm Bofors (5×2, 11×4) 32 × 20 mm Oerlikons (16×2) Armor:2.5–4 in belt 60 lb protective decks 4 in bulkheads 4 in side and 2 in top round conning tower 4 in side over steering gear Aircraft carried: 90 aircraft Aviation facilities: 3 × elevators 2 × flight deck hydraulic catapults 1 × hangar deck hydraulic catapults HISTORY INFO: USS Enterprise (CV-6), was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name. Colloquially referred to as the "Big E", she was the sixth aircraft carrier of the United States Navy. A Yorktown class carrier, she was launched in 1936 and was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II, to survive the war (the others being Saratoga and Ranger). She participated in more major actions of the war against Japan than did any other US ship. These actions included the Battle of Midway, the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, various other air-sea engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. On three separate occasions during the Pacific War, the Japanese announced that she had been sunk in battle, earning her the name "The Grey Ghost". Enterprise earned 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II. The second carrier of the Yorktown-class, Enterprise was launched on 3 October 1936 at Newport News Shipbuilding, sponsored by Lulie Swanson, wife of Secretary of the Navy Claude A. Swanson, and commissioned on 12 May 1938. Enterprise sailed south on a shakedown cruise which took her to Rio de Janeiro. After her return, she operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean until April 1939, when she was ordered to duty in the Pacific. Enterprise was one of fourteen ships to receive the early RCA CXAM-1 Radar. Based first at San Diego (where she was used in the filming of Dive Bomber, starring Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray) and then at Pearl Harbor after President Roosevelt ordered the Fleet to be "forward based," the carrier and her aircraft squadrons trained intensively and transported aircraft among the island bases of the Pacific. Enterprise left Pearl Harbor on 28 November 1941. Enterprise was completing one such mission, returning to Hawaii after delivering Marine Fighter Squadron 211 (VMF-211) to Wake Island on 7 December 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. On 28 May, Enterprise sortied as Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance's flagship with orders "to hold Midway and inflict maximum damage on the enemy by strong attrition tactics". With Enterprise in CTF 16 were Hornet, six cruisers, and 10 destroyers. On 30 May, Task Force 17 (TF17), with Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher in Yorktown, left Pearl with two cruisers and six destroyers as CTF-17; as senior officer present, Rear Admiral Fletcher became "Officer in Tactical Command." The usual commander of the Enterprise task force, Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, was kept in hospital at Pearl with a stress-related skin condition. Each side launched air attacks during the day in a decisive battle. Though the forces were in contact until 7 June, by the end of the day on 4 June the outcome had been decided. The Battle of Midway began on the morning of 4 June 1942, when four Japanese carriers, unaware of the presence of U.S. naval forces, launched attacks on Midway Island. Just three hours after the first bomb fell on Midway, planes from the U.S. carriers attacked. Enterprise launched a failed attack using torpedo bombers, then soon after Enterprise dive bombers attacked and sank the Japanese carriers Kaga and Akagi. Later in the afternoon, a mixed squadron of Enterprise and Yorktown bombers destroyed Hiryu (aircraft from Yorktown also sank Sōryū). Yorktown and Hammann were the only American ships sunk, but TF 16 and TF 17 lost a total of 113 planes, 61 of them in combat, during the battle. Japanese losses were much larger: four carriers, one cruiser, and 272 carrier aircraft. Despite losses to her aircraft squadrons, Enterprise came through undamaged and returned to Pearl Harbor on 13 June 1942.After a month of rest and overhaul, Enterprise sailed on 15 July 1942 for the South Pacific, where she joined TF 61 to support the amphibious landings in the Solomon Islands on 8 August. For the next two weeks, the carrier and her planes guarded seaborne communication lines southwest of the Solomons. On 24 August, a strong Japanese force was discovered some 200 miles (300 km) north of Guadalcanal, and TF 61 sent planes to the attack. This was the first time that the Grim Reapers of VF-10 deployed from Enterprise under commanding officer James H. Flatley, who became known as "Reaper Leader." In the ensuing Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the light carrier Ryūjō was sunk, and the Japanese troops intended for Guadalcanal were forced back. Enterprise suffered most heavily of the American ships; three direct hits and four near misses killed 77, wounded 91, and inflicted serious damage on the carrier. Quick, hard work by damage control parties patched her up so that she was able to return to Hawaii under her own power. Repaired at Pearl Harbor from 10 September-16 October 1942, Enterprise departed once more for the South Pacific, where with Hornet she formed TF 61. On 26 October, Enterprise scout planes located a Japanese carrier force and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands was under way. Enterprise aircraft struck carriers and cruisers during the struggle, while the "Big E" herself underwent intensive attack. Hit twice by bombs, Enterprise lost 44 men and had 75 wounded. Despite serious damage, she continued in action and took on board a large number of planes and crewmen from Hornet when that carrier was sunk. Though the American losses of a carrier and a destroyer were more severe than the Japanese loss of one light cruiser, the battle gained time to reinforce Guadalcanal against the next enemy onslaught, and nearby Henderson Field was therefore secure from the Japanese bombardment. The loss of the Hornet meant Enterprise was now the only functioning (albeit damaged) US carrier in the Pacific Theater.On the flight deck, the crew posted a sign: "Enterprise vs Japan." A Japanese bomb explodes on the flight deck of Enterprise on 24 August 1942, during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, causing minor damage. Enterprise reached Nouméa, New Caledonia on 30 October for repairs, but a new Japanese thrust at the Solomons demanded her presence and she sailed on 11 November, with repair crews from Vestal still working on board. Part of the repair crew comprised a 75-man Seabee detachment from Company B of the 3rd Construction Battalion because adequate regular repair forces were lacking. Underway with orders to engage the enemy, the Seabees continued their repair work even during the forthcoming battle. Ship repairs fell under the round-the-clock supervision of her damage control officer Lieutenant Commander Herschel Albert Smith, USN (USNA- Class 1922, Michigan)."She made the open sea with her decks still shaking and echoing to air hammers, with welders' arcs still sparking, with a big bulge in her right side forward, without water tight integrity and one oil tank still leaking, and with her forward elevator still jammed as it had been since the bomb at Santa Cruz broke in half.". The commanding officer of Enterprise, Captain Osborne Bennett "Ozzie B" "Oby" Hardison, USN (USNA- Class 1916, North Carolina) notified the Navy Department that "The emergency repairs accomplished by this skillful, well-trained, and enthusiastically energetic force have placed this vessel in condition for further action against the enemy".This remarkable job later won the praise of Vice Admiral William Halsey, Jr., USN, Commander South Pacific Area and the South Pacific Force, who sent a dispatch to the OIC of the Seabee detachment stating: "Your commander wishes to express to you and the men of the Construction Battalion serving under you his appreciation for the services rendered by you in effecting emergency repairs during action against the enemy. The repairs were completed by these men with speed and efficiency. I hereby commend them for their willingness, zeal, and capability."[10] On 13 November, aviators from Enterprise helped to sink the Hiei, the first Japanese battleship lost during the war. When the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended on 15 November 1942, Enterprise had shared in sinking sixteen ships and damaging eight more. The carrier returned to Nouméa on 16 November to complete her repairs. Sailing again on 4 December, Enterprise trained out of Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, until 28 January 1943, when she departed for the Solomons area. On 30 January, her fighters flew combat air patrol for a cruiser–destroyer group during the Battle of Rennell Island. Despite the destruction of most of the attacking Japanese bombers by Enterprise planes, the heavy cruiser USS Chicago was sunk by aerial torpedoes. Detached after the battle, the carrier arrived at Espiritu Santo on 1 February, and for the next three months operated out of that base, covering U.S. surface forces up to the Solomons. Enterprise then steamed to Pearl Harbor where, on 27 May 1943, Admiral Chester Nimitz presented the ship with the first Presidential Unit citation awarded to an aircraft carrier. In the summer of 1943, with the new Essex-class and Independence-class carriers joining the American Pacific Fleet, Enterprise was temporarily relieved of duty, and on July 20, she entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a much-needed overhaul. Over the course of several months, Enterprise received an extensive refit, which included, among other upgrades, new anti-aircraft weapons and an anti-torpedo blister that significantly improved her underwater protection. Back in waters by mid-November, Enterprise joined in providing close air support to the 27th Infantry Division landing on Makin Atoll, from 19–21 November 1943. On the night of 26 November, "Big E" introduced carrier-based night fighters to the Pacific when a three-plane team from the ship broke up a large group of land-based bombers attacking TG 50.2. Two of the three planes returned to the "Big E", with LCDR Edward "Butch" O'Hare the only casualty. After a heavy strike by aircraft of TF 50 against Kwajalein on 4 December, Enterprise returned to Pearl Harbor five days later. The carrier's next operation was with the Fast Carrier Task Force in softening up the Marshall Islands and supporting the landings on Kwajalein, from 29 January-3 February 1944. Then, Enterprise sailed, still with TF 58, to strike the Japanese naval base at Truk Lagoon in the Caroline Islands, on 17 February. Again Enterprise made aviation history, when she launched the first night radar bombing attack from a U.S. carrier. The twelve torpedo bombers in this strike achieved excellent results, accounting for nearly one-third of the 200,000 tons of shipping destroyed by aircraft. Detached from TF 58 with escorts, Enterprise launched raids on Jaluit Atoll on 20 February, then steamed to Majuro and Espiritu Santo. Sailing on 15 March in TG 36.1, she provided air cover and close support for the landings on Emirau Island (19–25 March). The carrier rejoined TF 58 on 26 March, and for the next 12 days, joined in a series of strikes against the islands of Yap, Ulithi, Woleai, and Palau. After a week's rest and replenishment at Majuro, Enterprise sailed on 14 April to support landings in the Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) area of New Guinea, and then hit Truk again from 29–30 April. On 6 June 1944, she and her companions of TG 58.3 sortied from Majuro to join the rest of TF 58 in attacking the Marianas Islands. Striking Saipan, Rota, and Guam from 11–14 June, Enterprise pilots gave direct support to the landings on Saipan on 15 June, and covered the troops ashore for the next two days. Aware of a major Japanese attempt to break up the invasion of Saipan, Admiral Spruance, now Commander 5th Fleet, positioned TF 58 to meet the threat. The Battle of the Philippine Sea On 19 June 1944, Enterprise was one of four carriers of Task Group 58.3 under the command of Rear Admiral John W. Reeves' during the largest carrier aircraft battle in history: the Battle of the Philippine Sea. For over eight hours, airmen of the United States and Imperial Japanese navies fought in the skies over TF 58 and the Marianas. Over the course of two days, a total of six American ships were damaged, and 130 planes and a total of 76 pilots and aircrew were lost. In sharp contrast, American carrier aircraft, with a major assist from U.S. submarines, sank three Japanese carriers (Hiyō, Shōkaku, and Taihō), and destroyed 426 carrier aircraft, losses from which Japanese naval aviation would never recover. Enterprise participated both in the defense of the fleet and in the subsequent early-evening strike against the Japanese task forces. During the chaotic after-dark recovery of the air strike, a fighter and a bomber came aboard simultaneously, but fortunately did not cause an accident. A planned midnight strike against the Japanese fleet by night-flying Enterprise pilots was cancelled because of the recovery and rescue operations required after the dusk attack. After the battle, Enterprise and her Task Group continued to provide air support for the invasion of Saipan through 5 July. She then sailed for Pearl Harbor and a month of rest and overhaul. Back in action on 24 August, the carrier sailed with TF 38 in that force's aerial assault on the Volcano and Bonin Islands from 31 August – 2 September, and Yap, Ulithi, and the Palaus from 6–8 September. The Battle of Leyte Gulf After operating west of the Palau Islands, the Enterprise joined other units of TF 38 on 7 October and set course to the north. From 10–20 October, her aviators flew over Okinawa, Formosa, and the Philippines, blasting enemy airfields, shore installations, and shipping in preparation for the assault on Leyte. After supporting the Leyte landings on 20 October, Enterprise headed for Ulithi to replenish, but the approach of the Japanese fleet on 23 October called her back to action. In the Battle of Leyte Gulf (23–26 October), Enterprise planes struck all three groups of enemy forces, battering battleships and destroyers before the action ended. The carrier remained on patrol east of Samar and Leyte until the end of October, then retired to Ulithi for supplies. During November, her aircraft struck targets in the Manila area, and at the island of Yap. She returned to Pearl Harbor on 6 December 1944. The ship's forward elevator was blown approximately 400 feet (120 m) into the air from the force of the explosion six decks below. Sailing on 24 December for the Philippines, Enterprise carried an air group specially trained in night carrier operations; as the only carrier capable of night operations, she left Oahu with her hull code changed from CV to CV(N). She joined TG 38.5 and swept the waters north of Luzon and of the South China Sea during January 1945, striking shore targets and shipping from Formosa to Indo-China including an attack on Macau. After a brief visit to Ulithi, Enterprise joined TG 58.5 on 10 February 1945, and provided day and night combat air patrol for TF 58 as it struck Tokyo on 16–17 February. She then supported the Marines in the Battle of Iwo Jima from 19 February – 9 March, when she sailed for Ulithi. During one part of that period, Enterprise kept aircraft aloft continuously over Iwo Jima for 174 hours. Departing Ulithi on 15 March, the carrier continued her night work in raids against Kyūshū, Honshū, and shipping in the Inland Sea of Japan. Damaged lightly by an enemy bomb on 18 March, Enterprise entered Ulithi six days later for repairs. Back in action on 5 April, she supported the Okinawa operation until she was damaged on 11 April—this time by a kamikaze—and was forced back to Ulithi. Off Okinawa once more on 6 May, Enterprise flew patrols around the clock as kamikaze attacks increased. On 14 May 1945, she suffered her last wound of World War II when a kamikaze Zero, piloted by Lt. J.G. Shunsuke Tomiyasu, destroyed her forward elevator, killing 14 and wounding 34. The carrier sailed for repairs at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, arriving on 7 June and where she was still moored on V-J Day, 15 August 1945. Operation Magic Carpet Restored to peak condition, Enterprise voyaged to Pearl Harbor, returning to the States with some 1,100 servicemen due for discharge, then sailed on to New York, arriving on 17 October 1945. Two weeks later, she proceeded to Boston for installation of additional berthing facilities, then began a series of Operation Magic Carpet voyages to Europe, bringing more than 10,000 veterans home in her final service to her country. During the Enterprise’s last Magic Carpet voyage, the ship was caught in a severe gale in the Atlantic. The crew came close to abandoning ship and the carrier was forced to return to New York. On one trip to Europe, she was boarded by the British First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Albert Alexander, who presented Enterprise with a British Admiralty Pennant that was hoisted when a majority of the Admiralty Board members were present. The pennant was given to the Big E as a token of respect from an ally. Thus, Enterprise is the only ship outside the Royal Navy to receive the honor in the more than 400 years since its creation. The end of the "Big E" USS Enterprise (CV-6) awaiting disposal at the New York Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1958 With the commissioning of over two dozen larger and more advanced aircraft carriers by end of 1945, Enterprise was deemed surplus for the post-war needs of America's navy. She entered the New York Naval Shipyard on 18 January 1946 for deactivation, and was decommissioned on 17 February 1947. In 1946, she had been scheduled to be handed over to the state of New York as a permanent memorial, but this plan was suspended in 1949. Subsequent attempts were made at preserving the ship as a museum or memorial, but fund-raising efforts failed to raise enough money to buy the vessel from the Navy, and the "Big E" was sold on 1 July 1958 to the Lipsett Corporation of New York City for scrapping at Kearny, New Jersey. A promise was made to save the distinctive tripod mast for inclusion in the Naval Academy's new football stadium, but was never fulfilled; instead, a memorial plaque was installed at the base of what is still called "Enterprise Tower." Scrapping was complete as of May 1960. In 1984, a permanent "Enterprise Exhibit" was dedicated at the Naval Aviation Museum, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida to house artifacts, photos and other items of historical interest. Stern Plate of the USS Enterprise located in River Vale, New Jersey. Surviving Enterprise artifacts include the ship's bell, which resides at the U.S. Naval Academy, where it is traditionally rung only after midshipmen victories over West Point; and the sixteen-foot, one-ton nameplate from the ship's stern, which sits near a Little League park in River Vale, New Jersey. Her commissioning plaque and one of her anchors are on display at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PHOTOS: Enterprise in 1939 Hellcat crashing on Enterprise's deck Enterprise while sailing Fighters on Enterprise's deck
  8. megamaker

    Historical battles

    Hi guys, I was just wondering if you could give me a bit of info on this. Would they have historical battles in World of Warships even if they were not large ones? What prompted this question was World of Tanks coming out with historical battles and I was wondering if it would follow through to World of Warships. -Thanks
  9. Possibly one of the most interesting website that my countrymen produced is the "Fortepan", an on-line photo archives which aims to preserve the everyday history of the 20th century. If you do like to browse through thousands of historical photos, here is the link to the english site, not that these pictures require any laguage, really. Today, one of the news portals published a selection of these pictures regarding the Kaiserliche und Königliche Kriegsmarine, and as the original source (Fortepan) states that these pictures are free to use under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0, naturally I decided to steal borrow them and hopefully, at least some of you will find it interesting. I also tried to butcher the english translate the captions of the selection on the news portal, if and when they contained actual information. (just to be precise: source). Thre pictures are from 1906, Adriatic sea. Enjoy! Crewmen of a 110-ton(?) torpedoboat (possibly destroyer by the nomenclature of the era) having a rest The caption speculates that considering the state of their clothing these gents probably served in the engine/boiler room Resting time in the crew quarters of the port (not specified which). Diver in heavy equipment, starting (or ending?) his task Possibly the same scene Cots and mattresses filled with hay - no idea what they are doing outside According to the caption, this is a torpedoboat ("torpedónaszád"), but that's basically all we know The SMS Dromedar (SMS - Seiner Majestät Schiff), originally a tugboat, now a minelayer. (Looking at the signal flags, they are totally going full pay2win) Again the SMS Dromedar and some of the crew tidying A small steam-powered vessel, in the background probably one of the Erzherzog Karl-class battleships One of the Habsburg-class battleships. The ships of 114 meters length got into british hands after the world war, and were dismantled in Italy in 1921 Onboard the Habsburg-class Having a rest in the shadows of the turrets. The ships' armament consisted of 3 pieces of 24cm Krupp cannons, 12 x 15cm cannons, 10 x 7cm Skoda quick firing guns, 12 x 3,7cm Vickers autocannons (caption explicitely says so, I am somewhat uncertain about these being "autocannons"), 4 x 8mm Skoda machine guns, 2 x 45cm torpedo tubes bulit in below the waterline and 20 mines. An overview of Fiume (today: Rijeka, Croatia). The SMS Monarch, classified as armored coastal defence ship. Length: 93 meters, weight: 5878 tons, commissioned in the 11th of May, 1898. Armed with 4x24cm Krupp cannons, 6x15cm cannons also manufactured by Krupp, 2x7cm cannons (the source literally translates to "boat guns", I have legit zero idea what the hell this supposed to mean), 10x4,7cm Skoda guns, 4x4,7cm quick firing Hotchkiss guns, a single 8mm machine gun, 2x7 cm Uchatius "boat guns" (So far I only read about the Uchatius guns as land-based artillery, so that's a possibility that these are actually intended to support marines on land, but I am still puzzled with this) and 2x45cm submerged torpedo tubes. The Monarch-class consisted of three ships, apart from the namesake, the SMS Budapest and the SMS Wien. It is unknown which of them is on this picture. ...and yet another Habsburg-class. These pre-dreadnoughts (the men of the era considered them as Schlachtschiffs, so battleships of course) were made in the shipyard of Stabilimento Tecnico in Triest (today's Trieste, Italy), and consisted of three ships, the SMS Habsburg, SMS Babenberg and SMS Árpád. Interestingly, we do know some things about the photographer, including how he looked like. It's certain that he visited Fiume and Cattaro, and that he died in the war - but it is unknown who he actually was.
  10. Video comparing the Shokaku class carrier Zuikaku and the Yorktown class carrier Enterprise. Disclaimer: I made it. Notes on Accuracy & “Methodology”----------------(1) To put it simply, when it comes to data about WW2 ships everything seems to be a bit off. Many sources differ. I have like 3 different crew values for the USS Enterprise, basically every book, website and Wikipedia article has one or several different values.(2) Furthermore, thanks to various commenters on reddit and the paradox forums I know that this is very common. Just to give an example, take a look at this very well illustrated and sourced forum post: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/...(3) The same goes for articles (see sources: Wildenberg and the link).(4) So, I tried to use only one source for each value in order to keep the data as clean as possible, also I did some cross-referencing, but take everything with a grain of salt.(5) Mid 1942 is also the general “cut-off date”, thus proximity fuses, Japanese deck parks, etc. are not taken into account.(6) Values and equipment is from Mid 1942 or before. Zuikakus plane loadout is from the attack on Pearl Harbor, because she and the Shokaku were not present at the Battle of Miday.(7) Note that especially the AA loadout changed considerable several times, in the end the Zuikaku had 96 25mm AA barrels and the Enterprise was equipped with 40mm bofors.
  11. Please see extracts from the emails I send World of Tanks earlier World of Warship Cruise Holidays Themed World of Warship Cruises - World of tanks/Battlefield Tours I saw this article on Whatever floats your boat - the unstoppable growth of themed cruises http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35924022?SThisFB I expect it would have to be a river cruise to get good internet connection so people could play on line. It could be done at sea but internet is very poor, unless you put your own server on ship and that is what everyone played on. Rather like the battlefield tour holidays which is big business, see google search https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1TEUA_enGB516GB516&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=battlefield%20tours Having a guest speaker talk about the battlefield while sailing to the next site. Having internet celebrity like `Rear Admiralty Jingles` speaking may help sales. I called it Themed World of Warship cruise just because it had a better ring to the name. This may well appeal to many of World of Warship/Tanks etc who enjoy travel and history. Kind Regards kenb
  12. Take a break between a 406mm gun and a torpedo salvo and let's talk about one of the most beautiful (in my opinion) ship in the world in service.(the Vasa isn't in service i'm sorry) we can begin in the calm of the Mediterranean water 1962 "who are you?" "Training ship Amerigo Vespucci of the Italian Navy" "you are the most beautifull ship in the world" These are the words between USS Indipendence and the Amerigo Vespucci. In the land of Pasta and Pizza in 1931 the Regia Marina ordered a second Training ships, the first one was the Cristoforo Colombo , named after the one that descover the american continent and the second after Amerigo Vespucci , the first that realize that the American continent wasn't India (Yes Colombo was convinced that he was arrived in India). After the second world war she remain alone after that the Colombo was taken by the Russian Navy (she will burn in an accident in the 60') but she continue as a training ship until today and is one of the biggest sail training ship in the world and can have 450 people with sailors ,officer and cadets (yes the recruit are the cadet of the Accademia navale (Naval academy)) she is also "armed " with 2 6pdr gun but they are used only for cerimonial thing. This is in my opinion a beautifull ship and what about you? some ship (sail or training) that you love a part the one in this game?
  13. Hello you guys out there! I enjoy reading of tanks and stuff. One thing with tanks is the quality of the steel. Now, I really love reading about WW 2. Here in Germany, I see some problems with that topic. Some people do not care about the crimes the third reich did, and others try to hide from it. Some do actually care, some are just not interested. I, for my part, think that, in order to prevent such things from happening again, you have to understand what was going on, and (by god) not hide from it. But back to topic: As a guy interested in history, I would like to know more about details from ships that were used in fighting. The quality of the steel is, in my eyes, pretty interesting. Since ships (especially big battleships) weigh a lot, I´m asking myself: "They used steel in big quantities, so what about the quality?" I hope there are some experts here that know something about this. Greetings from Germany
  14. Niekolaus

    Flags on ships in battle

    I suggest that all naval-jack flags should be removed from the ship-models, as many are incorrect or illegal in various countries. Instead. once you start a battle your ship and your allies should get a "GREEN FLAG WITH A LARGE WOWS SYMBOL" and on the enemy ships there should be a "RED FLAG WITH A LARGE WOWS SYMBOL". So when you zoom in there will be an enemy RED flag hanging on the baddies and an allied GREEN flag on the goodies. The GREEN and RED flags in battle could then have small variations to the symbols on them, depending on the players honours, length of service or skill level. The enemy RED flags should of course automatically change color if you plays as color blind. It would also be cool if it was possible to add current national flags of your choice to the rear flagpole of your ships, just like it is possible to replace the national markings on the tanks in WOT, with markings or flags of your choice.
  15. Worgenstern

    The Tonder Airraid

    Hi Fellow ship history fans For those in the neighborhood, there is an reenactment, with planes, of the Tonder Airraid on the 22. of July What is the Tonder airraid? well it's the first ever air attack carried out from a carrier. Hence I find rather relevant for WoWs :) (also I want Royal Navy carriers) Event link: Toender Airraid From Wiki; "The Tondern raid, officially designated Operation F.7, was a British bombing raid mounted by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force against the Imperial German Navy's airship base at Tønder, Danmark, then a part of Germany. It was the first attack in history made by aircraft flying from a carrier flight deck." A bit more reference info: Wikipedia: >>LINK<< A private page: >>LINK<< Sincerely Worgenstern
  16. Well, two months ago I started a little project in the Alt History Wikia; but after having some problems (goddamn infoboxes), and since this forum is full of history-lovers like me, I've decided to move it here. I'm sure I will get better feedback here and you never know, maybe some of you ended up enjoying my little project. First of all, I am not an historian nor an expert, and I, for sure, will make mistakes; nevertheless I will try to keep this ALT as plausible as possible and try to prevent ant ASB from appearing here. PLEASE, DO NOT MAKE THIS TOPIC A POLITICAL DISCUSSION, THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION; I JUST WANT TO CREATE A SEMI-PLAUSIBLE ALT AND SHARE IT WITH OTHER PEOPLE. SO PLEASE, KEEP THIS TOPIC CLEAN (PLEASE, TROLLS REFRAIN FROM POSTING) After that disclaimer, lets get to it! Hope you enjoy it, find it interesting, or at least do not think it as a total waste of your time! SUNRISE IN THE PACIFIC: 帝国の提督 (* Teikoku no Teitoku: "Admiral of the Empire") Point of Divergence: In August 25th 1916, Vice Admiral Arima Ryōkitsu of the Imperial Japanese Navy died in a car accident near the city center of Tokyo, Ryōkitsu had been one of the main defenders of the Kantai Kessen (Great Fleet) battle plan. This plan presented that the only way in which the IJN could achieve victory over its opponents (which would ultimately be the United States Navy) was to be a decisive clash between capital ships (mainly those envisioned in the Hachihachi Kantai; lit: Eight-Eight fleet), after the US fleet had been weakened during its course through the Pacific ocean by submarines, torpedo squadrons and more recently, aircraft. Ryōkitsu was being considered for taking the command of the 3rd Fleet but after his death Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Marshal Admiral Baron Ijūin Gorō promoted Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu to Commander of the 3rd fleet. In early 1919, Prince Fushimi met Osami Nagano, captain of the protected cruiser Hirado, and became really interested in Nagano's point of view regarding what would be the future of the newly developed ships which could carry aircraft; Nagano foresaw that one day the power of naval embarked aviation would eclipse the one currently held by battleships and battlecruisers. When sharing this point of view with other higher-ups of the IJN, Prince Fushimi found more opposition than compliance, but he found an ally in vice-admiral Keisuke Okada. This parity in opinion would be decisive towards the developement of the Imperial Japanese Navy after the Naval Treaty of Washington. Marshal Admiral Ijūin Gorō decided to resign to his title of commander-in chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy in June 1919 due to complications with his health; his succesor was Prince Higashifushimi Yorihito, mainly due to his belonging to the Imperial family; who was immediately promoted to Marshal Admiral. One of his concerns was the possible incoming naval arms race with the U.S. and he started scheming a way to prevent this, since some of his advisors had been delegates to the japanese embassy in Washington and had seen a share of the industrial power the U.S. were able to achieve. Prince Fushimi replaced him as commander of the 2nd Fleet and pressed on for a revision of the oficial battle plan and after some weeks of insistance, Prince Higashifumishi acceded. In September 1919 he called for a meeting of all the higher-ups of the IJN, with the objective of discussing the strategy of the IJN in the following decade (which was just an excuse to alter the Kantai Kessen strategy). Vice Admiral Satō Tetsutarō, main designer of the Kantai Kessen battle plan was relunctant to any changes made to his strategy, and hardly could contain his outrage when Prince Fushimi asked the newly promoted captain Nagano to come into the meeting room and share his suggestions regarding the strategy matter, but he gritted his teeth and silently listened to the proposal. The meeting ended with some agreement on both sides, Prince Fushimi presented Nagano's strategy plan as the Kōkū Kantai (lit: Air Fleet) strategy, as opposed to the Kantai Kessen battle plan. Prince Higashifushimi decided to give this new strategy an oportunity and ordered the laid down of the experimental ship class that would be the Hōshō class aircraft carrier with immediate efect. The first ship was planned to be laid down in late 1920 but it was moved forward and was given high priority over current projects, at the same time, the Tosa class battleship project was postponed while the Amagi class batlecruiser construction would remain on schedule. Following the meeting, a new naval construction plan was approved, called the 1919 6-6 Fleet. This plan would add two battlecruisers, two experimental aircraft carriers, four first rate or large cruisers ("Dai Gata Junyōkan"), and eight second rate or medium cruisers ("Chū Gata Junyōkan"); the funds to build the ships would be redirected from the postponed Tosa class battleships aswell as the two last units of the Amagi class, also postponed. Amagi and Akagi, the battlecruisers planned were to be laid down at the Kawasaki shipyard (Kobe) and at the Mitsubishi shipyard (Nagasaki) respectively, both in mid 1920. The new aircraft carrying ships, the Hōshō class, were to be laid down in Yokohama and Kure shipyards, the names chosen for these ships were Hōshō (Phoenix) for the lead ship, and Shōkaku (Soaring Crane) for the second ship; in the same fashion as the Amagi class battlecruisers, they were to be laid down in mid-1920. The large cruisers were to be the Furutaka class, composed of Furutaka, Nasu, Aoba and Kinugasa, all named after mountains following the naming conventions; they were to be laid down between 1923 and 1924. As for the medium cruisers, the three last ship of the already planned 6-ship Nagara class, (Suzuka, Minase and Otonashi), were to be laid down, together with the previous ships between 1922 and 1923. A new medium cruiser class was also planned, composed initially of four ships: Sendai (the lead ship), Jintsū, Naka and Kako. But not only the main surface combatant ships were given attention in this revised plan, small surface unit construction was throughtly estudied and modified acordingly with the new requirements. The Minekaze class destroyers would be completed with six more units; while two new destroyer classes were planned. The first one, the Kikyō class (composed of 13 units), would be a smaller version of the Minekaze class; while the second class, the Kiyokaze class (composed of 12 units) would be an improved version of the Minekaze class. Further preparations were made for a third destroyer class, but all developement on them stopped. Provisional plans were for the expansion of the submarine fleet; initial measures were the planification of medium submarines ("Chū-gata Sensiukan") of the Kaichū type, 17 units were planned (Ro-16 through Ro-32), of the smaller L type, 14 units were also projected (Ro-55 through Ro-68). A new type of submarine, the cruising submarines ("Junsen-gata sensiukan"), and the first two units (I-1 and I-2) were put on standby, to be laid down in 1925. Lastly, the Large Submarines (Ōgata sensiukan),which were to close the submarine fleet of the 6-6 construction plan, of which 11 units were to be laid down throughout the following decade (I-51 to I-61) 1919 IJN Construction plan / The 6-6 fleet Battlecruiser Amagi class Amagi, Akagi Experimental Aircraft Carriers Hōshō class Hōshō, Shōkaku First Rate Cruisers/Large Cruisers Furutaka class Furutaka, Nasu, Aoba, Kinugasa Second Rate Cruisers/ Medium Cruisers Nagara class Suzuka, Minase, Otonashi Second Rate Cruisers/ Medium Cruisers Sendai class Sendai, Jintsū, Naka, Kako Destroyers Minekaze class Shiokaze, Akikaze, Yūkaze, Tachikaze, Hokaze, Nokaze Destroyers Kikyō class Kikyō, Yuri, Ayame, Kaidō, Kakitsubata, Tsutsuji, Shion, Ajisai, Karukaya, Omodaka, Botan, Bashō, Nadeshiko Destroyers Kiyokaze class Kiyokaze, Soyokaze, Karukaze, Makaze, Ōkaze, Tsumujikaze, Matsukaze, Hatakaze, Oite, Hayate, Asanagi, Yūnagi Large Submarines Kaidai Type I-51, I-52, I-53, I-54, I-55, I-56, I-57, I-58, I-59, I-60, I-61 Cruising Submarines Junsen Type I-1, I-2 Medium Submarines Kaichū Type Ro-16, Ro-17, Ro-18, Ro-19, Ro-20, Ro-21, Ro-22, Ro-23, Ro-24, Ro-25, Ro-26, Ro-27, Ro-28, Ro-29, Ro-30, Ro-31, Ro-32 Medium Submarines L Type Ro-55, Ro-56, Ro-57, Ro-58, Ro-59, Ro-60, Ro-61, Ro-62, Ro-63, Ro-64, Ro-65, Ro-65, Ro-66, Ro-67, Ro-68 Washington Naval Treaty: KEEP IN MIND PLEASE, THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
  17. Hello Captains. Hello friends. I collect some info about kamikaze pilots in WW2. I make a small video and i hope you find it interesting. If you enjoy it you can follow me on my Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/elladaris or you can subscribe on my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/trelamenos1982. Many info i find them on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamikaze Perhaps some day we will see in gameplay when some CV dies the airplanes left behind have some % kamikaze skill and not to simply remain in the air. "IDEA FOR WG" Kamikaze aircraft were essentially pilot-guided explosive missiles, purpose-built or converted from conventional aircraft. Pilots would attempt to crash their aircraft into enemy ships in what was called a "body attack" (体当たり; 体当り,taiatari) in planes laden with some combination of explosives, bombs, torpedoes and full fuel tanks; accuracy was much better than a conventional attack, the payload and explosion larger. A kamikaze could sustain damage which would disable a conventional attacker and still achieve its objective. The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered by the Empire of Japan to be a just reason for sacrificing pilots and aircraft. These attacks, which began in October 1944, followed several critical military defeats for the Japanese. They had long since lost aerial dominance due to outdated aircraft and the loss of experienced pilots. On a macroeconomic scale, Japan suffered from a diminishing capacity for war, and a rapidly declining industrial capacity relative to the Allies. Despite these problems, the Japanese government expressed its reluctance to surrender. In combination, these factors led to the use of kamikaze tactics as Allied forces advanced towards the Japanese home islands.While the term "kamikaze" usually refers to the aerial strikes, it has also been applied to various other suicide attacks. The Japanese military also used or made plans for non-aerial Japanese Special Attack Units, including those involvingsubmarines, human torpedoes, speedboats and divers. The tradition of death instead of defeat, capture, and perceived shame was deeply entrenched in Japanese military culture. It was one of the primary traditions in the samurai life and the Bushido code: loyalty and honour until death, as the Japanese perceived it. Before the formation of kamikaze units, pilots had made deliberate crashes as a last resort when their planes had suffered severe damage and they did not want to risk being captured, or wanted to do as much damage to the enemy as possible, since they were crashing anyway; such situations occurred in both the Axis and Allied air forces. Axell and Kase see these suicides as "individual, impromptu decisions by men who were mentally prepared to die".The case of Nikolai Gastello's taran on 26 June 1941 passed into Soviet air-warfare lore. In most cases, little evidence exists that such hits represented more than accidental collisions of the kind that sometimes happen in intense sea or air battles. One example of this occurred on 7 December 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. First Lieutenant Fusata Iida's plane had taken a hit and had started leaking fuel when he apparently used it to make a suicide attack on Kaneohe Naval Air Station. Before taking off, he had told his men that if his plane were to become badly damaged he would crash it into a "worthy enemy target". The carrier battles in 1942, particularly Midway, inflicted irreparable damage on the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS), such that they could no longer put together a large number of fleet carriers with well-trained aircrews.Japanese planners had assumed a quick war and lacked comprehensive programmes to replace the losses of ships, pilots, and sailors; at Midway in June 1942 the Japanese lost as many aircrewmen in a single day as their pre-war training program had produced in a year.The following Solomon Islands campaign (1942-1945) and the New Guinea campaign (1942-1945), notably the Battles of Eastern Solomons (August 1942) and Santa Cruz (October 1942), further decimated the IJNAS veteran aircrews, and replacing their combat experience proved impossible. During 1943–1944, U.S. forces steadily advanced toward Japan. Newer U.S.-made planes, especially the Grumman F6F Hellcat and Vought F4U Corsair, began to outnumber and outclass Japan's fighter planes. Tropical diseases, as well as shortages of spare parts and fuel, made operations more and more difficult for the IJNAS. By the Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 1944) the Japanese had to make do with obsolete aircraft and inexperienced aviators in the fight against better-trained and more experienced US Navy airmen who flew radar-directed combat air patrols. The Japanese lost over 400 carrier-based planes and pilots in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, effectively putting an end to their carriers' potency. Allied aviators called the action the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot". On June 19, 1944 planes from the carrier Chiyoda approached a US task group. According to some accounts, two made suicide attacks, one of which hit USS Indiana. The important Japanese base of Saipan fell to the Allied forces on 15 July 1944. Its capture provided adequate forward bases which enabled U.S. air forces using the Boeing B-29 Superfortress to strike at the Japanese home islands. After the fall of Saipan, the Japanese High Command predicted that the Allies would try to capture the Philippines, strategically important to Tokyo because of their location between the oilfields of Southeast Asia and Japan. St Lo attacked by kamikazes, 25 October 1944 The sinking of the ocean tug USS Sonoma on 24 October is listed in some sources as the first ship lost to a kamikaze strike, but the attack occurred before 25 October, and the aircraft used, a Mitsubishi G4M, was not flown by the original four Special Attack Squadrons.Several suicide attacks, carried out during the invasion of Leyte, by Japanese pilots from units other than the Special Attack Force, have been described as the first kamikaze attack. Early on 21 October, a Japanese aircraft, possibly a Navy Aichi D3A dive-bomber or an Army Mitsubishi Ki-51 (of the 6th Flying Brigade, Imperial Japanese Army Air Force deliberately crashed into the foremast of the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia.The attack killed 30 personnel, including the cruiser's captain, Emile Dechaineux, and wounded 64, including the Australian force commander, Commodore John Collins.The Australian official history of the war claimed that this was the first kamikaze attack on an Allied ship, although other sources disagree because it was not a planned attack by a member of the Special Attack Force, but was most likely to have been undertaken on the pilot's own initiative. On 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Kamikaze Special Attack Force carried out its first mission. Five A6M Zeros, led by Seki, and escorted to the target by leading Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, attacked several escort carriers. One Zero attempted to hit the bridge of USS Kitkun Bay but instead exploded on the port catwalk and cartwheeled into the sea. Two others dived at USS Fanshaw Bay but were destroyed byanti-aircraft fire. The last two ran at USS White Plains. One, under heavy fire and trailing smoke, aborted the attempt on White Plains and instead banked toward USS St. Lo, plowing into the flight deck. Its bomb caused fires that resulted in the bomb magazine exploding, sinking the carrier. By day's end on 26 October, 55 kamikazes from the Special Attack Force had also damaged the large escort carriers USS Sangamon, Suwannee which had
  18. Panzerblitz

    Wreck of Musashi discovered (video inside)

  19. mattheusbeast

    historical battles

    hello everyone, wouldn't it be really awsome if real battles, that actually existed are being roleplayed in the game, i know those battles weren't always balanced...but they can fix this with "noobie" bots, seems an awsome idea by me, pls reply and tell me your idea's!!!
  20. Takru

    New-ish ships for WoWs.

    This is just meant as a pool for ships which usually receive less attention than the ships of the main combatants during World War 2. There is no particular order in this (as of yet). It's just meant to bring some ships and classes to attention and is not a complete list of ships available to those nations during the timeframe World of Warships focusses on. Argentina Battleships: Rivadavia class (ARA Rivadavia and ARA Moreno) Australia Heavy Cruisers: HMAS Australia and HMAS Canberra Light Cruisers: HMAS Sydney, HMAS Perth and HMAS Hobart Old Cruiser: HMAS Adelaide Brazil Battleships: Minas Geraes and Sao Paulo Cruisers: Bahia class (Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul) Destroyers: Pará class and Cannon class Canada Cruisers: HMCS Uganda and HMCS Ontario Destroyers: There is really any number of destroyers which were used by the Canadians since they were focussing heavily on escort duties on the North Atlantic route. They received a good number of Clemsons for example. Chile Battleship: Almirante Latorre Cruiser: Chacabuco Destroyers: Hyatt and Aldea China Cruisers: Chao Ho, Hai Chi, Hai Yung, Ning Hai class (Ning Hai and Ping Hai), Yat Sen and Ying Swei Finland Coastal defense ships: Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen Netherlands Cruisers: Java class, De Ruyter and Tromp Norway Coastal defense ships: Eidsvold class (HNoMS Eidsvold and HNoMS Norge) Destroyers: Wiki List Spain Battleships: Espana class (Espana, Alfonso XIII and Jaime I.) Cruisers: Canarias class (Canarias and Baleares), Navarra, Blas de Lezo and Almirante Cervera Destroyers: Alsedo class and Churruca class Sweden Seaplane cruiser / tender: HSwMS Gotland Coastal defense ship: HSwMS Dristigheten and Sverige class (HSwMS Sverige, HSwMS Drottning Victoria and HSwMS Gustav V) Cruisers: HSwMS Fylgia