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Today, 12:24am

Author: Brockpaine

Belgian News 1949

The (WW) French Army underwent a very similar transformation between 1930 and 1940-ish, so General Piron has at least one relevant example at hand. Granted, the resources of France are significantly larger than those of Belgium, and their experience is significantly more varied. Currently, the French leadership (and associated military thinkers, writers, etc) sees the Western Front, with it's static slogging match, as somewhat aberrant even within the context of the Great War. After all, the onl...

Saturday, February 15th 2020, 6:30pm

Author: Brockpaine

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

Quoted from "Hood" 9 August The Dutch government has pledged that Dutch forces in Yemen will not intervene any fighting but that it is pressing the Iman to avoid a conflict that may unleash a civil war. Booo! No talking! Blood makes the grass grow, kill kill kill! :P

Monday, February 3rd 2020, 12:39am

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" One even suggested the Gulf of Paria as the likely area where these evolutions would occur. A very reasonable assertion, since FAR naval vessels have been using the Gulf of Paria for exercises for close on twelve years, now. A year ago, they even hosted a large contingent of the Russian Northern Fleet. :)

Thursday, January 9th 2020, 1:00am

Author: Brockpaine

Hunter Class Destroyer

You should also just eliminate the armoured deck. It's accounting for 143 tons of your total ship. Destroyers (of almost any era, with very few exceptions) tend to be constructed with no armour outside of their gun turrets and sometimes conning towers. On occasion, the building materials might be heavier (for instance, using... say, 0.75 inch hull plates rather than 0.50 inch hull plates) but that really doesn't count as armour proper. You might want to start fiddling with the stability / steadi...

Saturday, January 4th 2020, 6:53pm

Author: Brockpaine

Miracle Class

Overall, this looks like a pretty nice little heavy cruiser design for the early 1920s. You're definitely improving as a Springsharp designer. Here's just a few comments that I'd mention. I don't view any of them as major items. Deck Armour In a general sense, I've noticed that most of the designs you've posted feature extremely heavy deck armour - probably about twice the amount of historical contemporaries - and this ship is no exception. I went back to check numbers, and most of the heavy cru...

Thursday, December 26th 2019, 2:07am

Author: Brockpaine

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:53am

Author: Brockpaine

The Cross-Guard Class

One thing I noted, both here and in your Inquebrantable design, is that you have some extremely heavy armour in your underwater protection scheme - a full 200mm here. Springsharp doesn't do a great job explaining how a TDS works, nor giving you any ideas about what would be common in historical periods. But the idea is for a modest underwater armoured belt (between 5cm to 8cm) backed by a sizeable void space, 3-4 meters deep or more, per side. Springsharp 2 only calculates the belt, and not the ...

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:30am

Author: Brockpaine

Light Combatants

Project 501 Riverine Patrol Boat Specifications Displacement: 30 tonnes (light), 33 tonnes (maximum) Length: 27 m (88.6 ft) overall Beam: 6.5 m (21.3 ft) Draught: 1.1 m (3.6 ft) static, 14cm clearance during operation Machinery: - 3 x aircraft engines (1,100 hp each), two for lift, one for thrust Speed: 50 knots (sprint speed, all engines) Cruising range: 350nm at 30 knots Crew: 6 men (maximum) Armament: - 4 x 14mm machine guns in two turrets - 12 x 132mm rockets in two 2x3 Ships in Class: L-21,...

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:23am

Author: Brockpaine

Light Combatants

Project 501 "Leopard" Bronirovanny Kater (Armoured Boat) Displacement: 80 tonnes (light), 85 tonnes (max load) Length: 29 m (- ft) overall Beam: 4.3 m (- ft) Draught: 0.9 m (- ft) full load Machinery: Two Kharkov 38L V12 diesel, 600hp driving two propellers Speed: 22 knots Cruising range: 350nm at 15 knots Crew: 15 men Armament: - 1 x 76.2mm/L42 D-56T rifled antitank gun (centerline forward) - 1 x 37mm air defense gun M1939 (61-K) (centerline aft) - 2 x 15mm machine guns - 1 x 16 130mm multiple-...

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:19am

Author: Brockpaine

Coast Defense Ships and Monitors

Grom, Russian River Monitor laid down 1949 Displacement: 441 t light; 481 t standard; 542 t normal; 591 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 213.25 ft / 213.25 ft x 22.97 ft x 5.91 ft (normal load) 65.00 m / 65.00 m x 7.00 m x 1.80 m Armament: 2 - 5.98" / 152 mm guns in single mounts, 88.18lbs / 40.00kg shells, 1949 Model Breech loading guns in deck mounts on centreline ends, evenly spread 1 - 2.95" / 75.0 mm guns in single mounts, 12.87lbs / 5.84kg shells, 1949 Model ...

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:11am

Author: Brockpaine

Russia, Q2/1949

Post held for Operations

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:09am

Author: Brockpaine

Russia, Q2/1949

Baltic Sea Fleet 1st Battle Division (Tallinn): Revanche (F), Represselya Baltic Sea Fleet Cruiser Group 17th Cruiser Squadron (Kronshtadt): Rynda (F), Diana 3rd Cruiser Squadron (Tallinn): Petrograd (F), Tbilisi, Baku, Omsk, Krasnodar, Astrakhan 10th Cruiser Squadron (Tallinn): Minsk (F), Samarakand, Tula, Grozniy, Bryansk, Irkutsk Baltic Sea Fleet Destroyer Group 2nd Destroyer Flotilla (Tallinn): Parnu, Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa, Kemerovo, Vyatka, Kaluga, Sochi, Shakhty, Armavir, Norilsk, Kamensk-U...

Monday, December 23rd 2019, 3:08am

Author: Brockpaine

Russia, Q2/1949

Report for Q2/1949 Industrial Allocation - 33 / 33 factories producing 33,000t materials. - 0/33 factories producing infrastructure - 2,677t from stockpile. - 0t from transactions. -0t from scrapping. - 35,677t materials total. - 33,338t used. - 2,339t stored for Q3/49. Infrastructure Development None Naval Construction Petrograd: Almaz Shipbuilding Company, Sudomekh Shipyard No. 196, Severnaya Verf No.190, and Baltic Shipyard No.189 Class 4 Slip #1 - Idle. Class 4 Slip #2 - Idle. Class 4 Slip #...

Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 5:31pm

Author: Brockpaine

My Presentation: The SNF Corvus

No, breech-loading guns are definitely the correct choice for a 6" battery, particularly in the 1920s. 6" / 15cm ammunition is large enough that it requires multiple-piece ammunition (shell, bagged charges, etc). Quick-firing guns should usually (exceptions may occur) be limited to ordnance firing single-piece ammunition. Post 1940s, 6" could end up with single-piece ammunition, but in these cases the guns would have to feature fully automatic operation due to the weight, meaning that "Automatic...

Friday, November 29th 2019, 4:04am

Author: Brockpaine

RE: Hello again

Quoted from "snip" Long time no smoke signal. Ran into Brock while playing some World of Warships. Figured I would poke in and wave hello to everyone. Happy turkey day! Howdy! Was good to chat and play again. :)

Saturday, November 23rd 2019, 10:29pm

Author: Brockpaine

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Seriously, if Brazil has done these good deeds, I haven't seen much mention of them since taking charge of Peru. A side-effect of Brazil being largely in caretaker status, unfortunately. Hood and I have kept their naval forces largely up to date (although I think we're a few quarters behind on sim reports) but we're obviously not posting news. Still, I did make sure the list of all of Brazil's riverine ships was fully up to date, since it had a few missing patrol boats...

Saturday, November 23rd 2019, 8:29pm

Author: Brockpaine

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Iquitos, Loreto, 23 July 1949 Every day Peruvian rural clinics were treating cases of injury or disease attributable to those living on Brazilian soil – on an equal basis with Peruvian nationals – because there was nothing to be had in their own country. Not to be obnoxiously contrarian, but this is patently untrue. The Brazilian government spent significant resources on developing communities in the Amazon region, and did so years before Peru made any efforts in this ...

Monday, November 18th 2019, 2:59am

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" the vessels of the Lithuanian Naval Service – chiefly elderly destroyers ...I'm not actually sure you can call the Vytis class "elderly". It's true they're in their early teens, but they underwent a major modernization in 1947, receiving French electronics. This is the description put forth by the commander of one of the Kriegsmarine's latest vessels, equipped with state of the art German electronics. Is he biased in h...

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 11:00pm

Author: Brockpaine

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "BruceDuncan" the vessels of the Lithuanian Naval Service – chiefly elderly destroyers ...I'm not actually sure you can call the Vytis class "elderly". It's true they're in their early teens, but they underwent a major modernization in 1947, receiving French electronics.