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  1. Combat_Hamster

    Battle of Lake Nyasa 1914

    Hot on the trail of HMS Mimi and Toutou, another tiny battle
  2. HMS Dragon was to have a interesting life and bar the Russian revolution and the day she met her fate a generally "Lucky" ship for her crews. A brief timeline of HMS Dragon's life is set out below:. 1918 The recently commissioned HMS Dragon (10th August) is credited with firing the last Naval shots of WW1 on the 9th of November 1918 when it engaged seaplanes off the German coast. The person credited with firing them was South African Maurice Green. 1919 17th October HMS Dragon defended the free states of Latvia and Estonia with shellfire against both advancing German Freikorps and Bolshevik forces but suffered 9 killed and 5 wounded when she was hit by three shells from a shore battery. 1933 30th May Noel Coward the well-known playwright, composer, director, actor and singer having arrived at Bermuda on the 28th on SS Roma blags his way on board HMS Dragon commanded by Captain Philip Louis Vian (of Altmark incident fame) whose first words on his discovery were “What the h*** are you doing on board this ship?” but after having some gin in the Captain’s cabin Coward was allowed to stay for a cruise on the ship ending on the Pacific side of the Panama canal. HMS Dragon then headed out into the Pacific for the China Station. 1934 13th August HMS Dragon rammed and sunk the small fuel ship SS Maplebranch in Montreal Harbour Her Captain Frederic Wake-Walker (known for later for Dunkirk, Sinking of the Bismarck and D Day) was found to be liable for the sinking. 1935 16th August my cousin, once removed, Wilfred joined the ship in Chatham as a Marine Gunner joining the Royal Marine crew of about 50. The ship sailed for the Bermuda Station. In December Wilfred Crossed the Line (Equator) for the first time becoming a "Trusty Shell Back" This was a southern summer cruise going as far South as the Argentine Capital Buenos Aires. 1936 25th October HMS Dragon unsuccessfully tried to tow the large Republican Spanish cruise liner the Cristobal Colon off a reef north of Bermuda - the wreck remains on the reef to this day. The crew of the Cristobal Colon both men and women were all killed on their return to Spain. 1937 June Wilfred my Cousin, once removed, left HMS Dragon and briefly joined HMS Diomede another D Class before joining HMS Ajax a Leander Class Light Cruiser a ship he was to serve on into the second world war and the Battle of the River Plate. In WW2 Dragon was considered a lucky ship by her Commonwealth crew in British service (many in the crew were South Africans). Her only damage was 37 splinter holes and a dead canary from shore battery fire at Dakar by Vichy French forces in September 1940 where she assisted in sinking a Vichy submarine. (Wilfred coincidently by that time was a Sergeant in 101st Royal Marine Battalion and was on a landing ship at Dakar with a map of the Vichy artillery positions awaiting a order to disembark which never came. His first assault landing would be at Dieppe with 40 Commando) . 1941 HMS Dragon then transferred to the Far East and despite being the last naval ship to leave Singapore before it fell in late 1941 and being under regular Japanese air attack in and around the Java sea and the other UK and Dutch naval bases in the area in 1942. HMS Dragon due mostly to engine trouble was to miss all of the major surface engagements with the Japanese which sent most of her ABDA naval compatriots to the bottom of the sea. 1943 after a slow return from the Far East via Southern Africa on 15th January HMS Dragon was modernised in the UK and handed over to the Polish Navy and renamed ORP Dragon. Although the name remained the same the word Dragon in Polish relates more closely to the Dragoon type soldier. 6th of June 1944 ORP Dragon successfully engaged and silenced shore batteries during D Day landings off Sword Beach. July 1944 a month later just off the D Day Sward Beach ORP Dragon was about to bombard strong points inland around the city of Caen to support a new offensive when she was hit by a manned German torpedo killing 26 Polish Sailors, though it did not sink the ship, she was considered beyond economic repair. Shortly after this ORP Dragon was scuttled as a Mulberry "B" Harbour blockship.
  3. Johan_Jung

    Pls consider ww1 mode

    Since stock hulls (Fuso etc.) are taken away I think it might be a nice option to add a ww1 mode (regarding tier II-VI). The game is arguable (too much) focused on ships during the ww2 time period. Personally, I am not that keen to play fictionally modernized versions of Kaiser/König/Bayern german battleships in a ww2 setting. A ww1 mode can solve this and let us players experience a feel of Jutland (without any aircraft carriers).
  4. FlyingGhostGER

    Einzigartige WW1 Bilder?

    Sind die Bilder in diesem Video wirklich Einzigartig oder auch woanders erhältlich? Auf der offizielen Seite heißt es, dass diese Bilder nur dort erhältlich seien. So geizig wie ich nun bin würde ich gerne wissen, ob ich einige dieser Bilder, wenn möglich, günstiger bekommen kann. freue mich über jede Antwort. MfG
  5. Hello chaps. I apologise for leaving an official suggestion here, but I could not find the appropriate area on the EU forum (though the US forums seem to have a 'suggestions' section). When the Russians came out, I was pleasantly surprised to see that all First World War Russian ships had the Ensign of the Imperial Russian Navy, instead of that of the Soviet era. I thought this was a really nice touch and a nod to the history and service of those individual vessel classes. (It may also have been done because it's the same flag used by the modern Russian navy.) The Germans, however, did not receive the same treatment. I think it would be a very nice touch if German ships in service before 1918 flew the ensign of the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) shown below instead of the WW2-based red Kreigsmarine flag which WW1 vessels never flew: The affected ships would, by the time this thread began, probably be the Dresden, the Kolburg, and the Karlsrue, As the German tech tree expands, certainly we'll see more vessels that served in that time period. What do you chaps think? Do leave a message.
  6. SanjaMae

    Fleets in the world

    Hi Non-swimmer Here is a list of important fleets and their most important or famous ships from the WW1 ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS Link http://www.naval-history.net/Oxon01-ShipList.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_submarines_of_the_Royal_Navy Imperial German NavyLink http://www.german-navy.de/hochseeflotte/ships/http://www.uboat.net/history/wwi/ Imperial Japanese NavyLink http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Japanese_Navyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarines_of_the_Imperial_Japanese_Navy UNITED STATES NAVYLink http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyUS.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_submarine_classes_of_the_United_States_Navy The Imperial Russian NavyLink http://www.cityofart.net/bship/frames0.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_submarine_Akula_(1908) Italy's Regia MarinaLink http://www.cityofart.net/bship/frameset8.htmlhttp://www.navypedia.org/ships/italy/it_ss_argonauta.htm FRENCH NAVYLink http://www.naval-history.net/WW1NavyFrench.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_I_submarines_of_France WarshipsLink http://www.militaryfactory.com/ships/ww1-warships.asp WW2 Fleet´s ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS Link http://www.naval-history.net/WW2CampaignRoyalNavy.htm http://uboat.net/allies/ships/rn_subs.htm Imperial German Navy Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_naval_ships_of_Germany http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_submarines_of_Germany Imperial Japanese Navy Link http://www.combinedfleet.com/kaigun.htm http://b-29s-over-korea.com/Submarines-of-the-IMPERIAL-JAPANESE-NAVY/Submarines-of-the-Imperial-Japanese-Navy.html UNITED STATES NAVY Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_naval_ships_of_the_United_States http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_submarines_of_the_United_States The Imperial Russian Navy (Soviet Union Navy) Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_naval_ships_of_the_Soviet_Union http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_submarines_of_the_Soviet_Union Italy's Regia Marina Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_naval_ships_of_Italy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_submarines_of_Italy FRENCH NAVY Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_II_naval_ships_of_France http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_submarine_Surcouf Warships Link http://ww2db.com/ship.php Mystery Q-Ships Link http://www.history.navy.mil/docs/wwii/q-ships.htm
  7. Conte_Vincero

    HMS Agincourt

    This Beastie is one of my favourite ships of all time, purely because of it's history and oddball factor, I shall attempt to explain why. In the early 1900s Brazil, Argentina and Chille were engaged in a naval arms race, with each trying to out build the others. In an attempt to go a step ahead of the others, in Brazil ordered the 32,000 ton Rio de Janeiro from Armstrong. This massive ship packed 14 12" guns, and 20 6" guns. However such was the speed of development that soon other ships, in particular the Chilean Valparaiso outclassed it by virtue of their bigger guns. This, and the collapse of the Brazilian rubber boom meant that in 1913 Brazil sold the ship (which was still uncompleted) to Turkey, and she was re-named the Sultan Osman I. She was completed shortly before the first world war, but with Turkey having already made its intentions to fight with the central powers, her delivery was delayed until the start of war, whereupon she was seized by the Royal Navy and commissioned in 1915 as HMS Agincourt. after a few alterations. In the battle of Jutland, her captain insisted on firing full 14 gun broadsides, despite it previously having been claimed that doing so would strain her hull. Apparently some people who saw the flash, mistook it for a battlecruiser blowing up. She served very well in the first World war, but was sold in 1922 and scrapped in 1924. A random fact is that she was built with Turkish toilets, which the sailors found a bit disconcerting.
  8. Boneripper

    WW1 Destroyers

    I am of the opinion that the DDs of WW1 were quite valuable, while Tuccy is of the opinion that they didn't really come into their own until WW2. So in this post I will put forward my arguments, which I will gladly see refuted or built upon by others. So, the WW1 Destroyer: Main armaments 4 inch guns and 21 inch Torpedoes. The number of guns varied from 2-4. The number of tubes also varied from 2 single tubes to 2 twin tubes. The AA was of course very much limited at the time, they had a few pom-poms that could do the job. At the battle of Jutland the British forces had 78 destroyers, which played a crucial role in the fighting. During the night fighting several flotillas torpedoed a light cruiser, which sank later. They were also used to keep the German Torpedo Boats at distance so they couldn't attack their BBs. The fear of torpedoes in the early years were perhaps a bit exaggerated, but that doesn't diminish the roles the DDs played. Tuccy agrues that in WW2 as the DDs became biggen they were able to put more stuff on there and so they came into their own. Well... :rolleyes: The WW2 Destroyer: Main armaments 4 to 4.7 inch guns and 21 inch torpedoes. The number of guns were about 4 and the number of torpedo tubes increased to about 8. The AA ability increased of course as did their anti-submarine capabilities. Their roles expanded I agree, but in the fleet their role was still to screen the BBs, this time from evul subs. They also acted as scouts, as they did in WW1 and they employed the tactics of swarming larger opponents, again something that they also did in WW1. I will gladly hear dissenting opinions :mellow:
  9. Boneripper

    WW1 ships

    I was wondering, the gunship was at it's peak and had it's largest battle during the First World War, not the Second, then why is the focus on the Second World War. Although the technology wasn't as it's peak until the end of the second the influence the gunships had was not as major as say airplanes. And I am kind of biased, I like technology, but then non-electronic technology, the type I can wrap my head around. So radar and electronic firecontrol computers I am not a fan of. I have read a lot of the NA forum, and they revealed 2 of the tier one ships, the US one being: http://en.wikipedia....SS_Erie_(PG-50) As revealed here: http://forum-na.worl...1/page__st__280 This ship was launched in 1936, of course, when building a game centered around the USN vs IJN, this makes sense. They have also mentioned that the UK will get HMS Dreadnought (as they should). My personal hope would have ben that they would have started with the first dreadnoughts for each country as most of the seafaring countries did launch them not long after HMS Dreadnought. But I have the fullest confidence in Wargaming that they will make it in an enjoyable game.
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