AHTL:Without regard to finance and tradition

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by hms malta, Feb 12, 2018 at 5:12 PM.

  1. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    North Sea off the coast of Norway 1940

    The Aircraft Carriers HMS Glorious and HMS Furious along with the battle cruiser HMS Hood, the heavy cruisers Norfolk and Suffolk , the light cruiser curlew and eight destroyers sortied from Scapa Flow in the early hours of the 8th April and under heavy fog. The Admiralty had learned wrongly the Battle cruisers Sharnhorst and Gneisenau where atempting a breakout into the north Atlantic.

    9th april

    In rough seas and just outside of German land based air cover. A fairey Swordfish from the Carrier HMS Furious spots Sharnhorst and Gneisenau with no escorts 50 miles on its outwards search track. “ 2 BC range 50 course 180 speed 20”. A strike of 28 swordfish and 20 skua dive bombers is hurriedly launched.

    1600: With help from Curlew the strike aircraft are directed to the two battle-cruisers. With the strike 12 miles out the skua,s climb to 10,000 feet. The swordfish drop to wave top height.

    16:25: The skua,s split up into groups of two and nose down in a 60° dive towards the two battle-cruisers. The swordfish circle the battle-cruisers at 12,000 yards, Three of them split off and launch there torpedoes at sharnhorst. The three attack on the starboard side of the battle-cruiser.
     
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  2. whatisinaname Member Donor

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    Great start, following
     
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    Off to a great start, also following :)
     
  4. r1ncewind Well-Known Member

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    Agreed following. Hope they can stop the invasion of norway though that could lead to moee troops invading france
     
  5. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    1626: The first three swordfish drop there single 21 inch contact exploder torpedoes at sharnhorst from 1200 yards. Sharnhorst manages to manoeuvre out of the way of the first two torpedoes but the third hits the stern reducing her speed to 12 knots. The AAA of both battle-cruisers open up, sending a swordfish the sea. The next group of swordfish try a different approach. Two swordfish drop there torpedoes from the port side while two more drop there torpedoes from the starboard side. Sharnhorst manages to manoeuvre out of the way of the first torpedo but is hit on the starboard bow, midships and just below the x turret which kills the crew inside.

    1628: The first skua drops it's single 500lb bomb which misses Gnesenaiu by 10 feet. The weather causes the skua to crash into the north sea killing the pilot and gunner. The second skua targeting the Gnesenaiu drops it's 500lb bomb misses the stern by 5 feet and damages the stern reducing her speed to 10 knots. Due to the heavy wind and rough seas the strike turns back to the carriers.

    1635: With both German battle-cruisers damaged but not sunk they turn south to try and get away from the attacking threat of the faa. Unknown to the Germans they are sailing toward another group of RN carriers.
     
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  6. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    1645: Both German battle-cruisers manage to repair some of the damage. With the invasion fleet on the way the Sharnhorst is sent to meet it. It's hoped that she can provide protection against possible RN surface ships. Gnesenaiu reverses course and sails towards Narvik.

    1650: A RAF hurricane fighter spots the German invasion fleet heading towards Bergen. It manages to make a sighting report, " 2 HC, 5 DD and 10 merchant ships. Target Bergen".
     
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  7. sonofpegasus Well-Known Member

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    If there is no "respect to cost or Tradition" might we not see some alternative aircraft or even alternative carrier designs!
     
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  8. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    The ILLUSTRIOUS class carriers are slightly different from otl. Instead of being 23.000 tonnes they are 27.000 tonnes. The lifts are capable of lifting hurricanes and spitfires. There is one full length hanger at 16 feet.
     
  9. sonofpegasus Well-Known Member

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    That's a good change carrier wise but how about aircraft? With more money perhaps a proper folding wing fighter, an earlier Fulmar and Barracuda both fitted with a Griffon engine! Please!!!
     
  10. r1ncewind Well-Known Member

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    What is the POD?
     
  11. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    I don't want give to much away but I will be doing a flashback after the campaign for norway
     
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    1715: A second fast hunter group consisting of the aircraft carriers Ark royal and furious. The battle cruisers Repulse and Renown. The heavy cruiser Gloucestershire and the light cruiser Coventry and eight destroyers including two tribal class asw destroyers sailing under thick fog using radar from Gloucestershire. Head towards Bergen.

    1730: A third hunter group consisting of the aircraft carriers Eagle and Hermes. The battleship warspite and eight destroyers including three tribal class asw destroyers sail towards Narvik.
     
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  13. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    1830: The heavy cruisers Deutschland and admiral Sheer along with 10 destroyers sail into the Narvik fjord.

    1845: Radar from Gloucestershire picks up the invasion fleet 50 miles off Bergen. Orders are given to Ark royal and furious to launch a combined total of 48 swordfish. 28 of the swordfish are armed with torpedoes the rest are armed with 6 250lb bombs. The strike is to be launched at 22.00 hours.
     
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  14. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    Hms courageous north sea 1940
     
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  15. hms malta Faith is a powerful force indeed, it is true.

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    I'm going to be doing some editing of the first chapter
     
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