April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Zheng He, Feb 9, 2014.

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  1. ShortsBelfast Events, dear boy, events

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    And if you ever have a fancy to try South Indian cuisine you can't do better than Chettinad off the Tottenham Court Road.
     
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    Did Riain's Raider's have their own official regimental photographer or did they hire some bloke like an embedded reporter for all the pictures?
     
  3. Derek Pullem Butterfly Killer

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    Lived in Balham for a couple of years and definitely agree
     
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    Best curry in London is Brigadeers or Gymkhana
     
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    Good luck this year. Greedy needs to add a few pounds in the off season and improve his tackling. His coverage is great though.
     
  6. Julius Vogel So

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    Haha same.

    Tooting is the place to go. Southall is great too but Tooting is on the Northern Line and Thameslink.
     
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    Now y’all have me craving a shrimp vindaloo....thankfully there is one place in Jackson, Mississippi where that is possible .....
     
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    Cue Forest Gump quotes
     
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    Getting old?
     
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  11. vl100butch Well-Known Member

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    I saw that meme posted on Facebook....ROFLMAO!!!!!!

    hopefully this week we can get back to our irregularly scheduled shoot-em-up posts!!!!!
     
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  12. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    Out of town for a few days, posting will return Sunday or Monday.
     
  13. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    0700 Hours, 9 December 1942, Trincomalee, Ceylon – Admiral Somerville was on hand as the main task force for OPERATION ZIPPER departed Trincomalee during the morning hours of 9 December. The landing ship RFA Derwentdale and the assault transports MS Sobieski, and SS Duchess of Atholl were transporting the troops of the 29th Infantry Brigade along with additional supplies and equipment for the troops already on Ramree Island. The troop ships were escorted by the destroyers HMS Scout, HMS Foxhound, HMS Hotspur, Spetsai, and Kountouriotis the minelayer HNLMS Willen van der Zaan, the light cruiser HMS Ceres, the old Greek heavy cruiser Georgios Averof, and the old battleship HMS Centurion with Rear Admiral George “Bill” Tennant commander cruisers Eastern Fleet was in command flying his flag on HMS Centurion.

    Most of the older ships had been heavily modified. Centurion and Ceres were bristling with 20mm Oerlikon mounts and light machine guns along with a few 40mm pompoms and Centurion had her communications and radar suites upgraded so she could serve as a command ship. Georgios Averof’s 9.2 and 7.5-inch guns were upgraded to improve her ability to serve as a shore bombardment platform. The task force was making a straight-line transit despite the risks from Japanese submarines due to the slow speed of the transports. It would still take over three days to arrive a Ramree Island.
     
  14. A. Morgan Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Getting interesting.

    Or as my son would say, “Shit’s about to get real!”

    Great update to end the day!
     
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    It will be interesting if the Japanese search planes see the Averof and the Centurion, what they identify them as.
     
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  16. formion Well-Known Member

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    Speaking as a Greek, I have to say that for us the Averof is like HMS Warspite and USS Enterprise had a baby and named him Averof - I know ships are female in english but Georgios Averof is a masculine name in greek. Take good care of that armored cruiser Zheng He!

    Its really nice to see Averof having a more active career in WW2. A relic of a bygone era perhaps, but with a crew of high morale and esprit de corps.
     
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    You know you’ve just given her (him) the kiss of death.
     
  18. vl100butch Well-Known Member

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    going to be another category to add to the spreadsheet comparing fester to zheng to galveston bay....did Averof survive? someone else sunk him...
     
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  19. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    I have to say that for us the Averof is like HMS Warspite and USS Enterprise had a baby and named him Averof

    That has to be one of the greatest posts in the history of this forum...
     
  20. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    0800 Hours, 9 December 1942, Rangoon, Burma – For Lieutenant General Iida Shojiro, commander of the Japanese 15th Army, reports from the front in the Arakan were mixed. The 55th Infantry Division’s probing attacks against the British garrison at Akyab indicated the enemy troops were dug in and it was going to require a considerable amount of effort to expel them from the airfield and port. This was expected, the British had invested a considerable amount of resources to hold Akyab in May and Iida hardly expected them to abandon it now. It concerned him that the British felt confident enough to launch an attack along the coast toward Ramree Island while Akyab was under attack but initial reports from the 123rd Infantry Regiment of the 33rd Infantry Division indicated that the regiment’s positions prepared defensive positions were not in any danger, at least not yet.

    The most significant concern for Iida was a likely enemy presence on Ramree Island. A frantic radio message and then silence from the small construction unit there indicated they had been wiped out in an enemy raid. Reconnaissance aircraft and submarines had not detected enemy naval units in the area indicating that any Allied presence on Ramree Island was likely a large-scale raid at most but Iida could not ignore the issue either. The reserve battalion from the 123rd Infantry Regiment had been pulled back to cover the approaches to the mainland from Ramree Island to contain the potential problem. The 65th Infantry Brigade was due to arrive sometime the next day, that formation would provide Iida with the ability to deal with British incursions down the Burmese coast without diverting his other units in the Arakan from their primary missions.

    The other main concern for Iida was enemy air activity. Another weather front had rolled in grounding Japanese and Allied aircraft for the next couple of days but the day before Allied fighters had been shot down near Rangoon. This meant the JAAF’s already hard-pressed fighter Sentais would have to make air defense their number one priority, limiting their ability to escort bomber missions against Allied airfields and ground forces. Given the heavy Allied fighter presence over the Arakan, this meant the 55th Infantry Division and the 123rd Infantry Regiment would have to fight under enemy controlled skies. Ultimately Iida did not doubt his units’ ability overcome any obstacles the Allies put in front of them but, casualties would definitely be higher than expected.
     
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