In this timeline, construction on the USS Wisconsin was suspended (currently floating in the Delaware River with a 30 man caretaker staff to keep the rust minimized) and the Montana class has seen the design work stopped. The two Alaskas that had steel cut in 1941 are still under construction at modest priority.After the curb stomp the USN and RN gave the IJN, there is no need for the Montana class. Same for the Alaskas.
I wonder what sort loony post-war proposals will pop up for the Wisconsin
I stumbled onto it a long time ago, and didn't note where it came from. Sadly, I've only seen the battleships stuffed and mounted.Where'd you get that print? That's a keeper! I just put it into one of my folders. I had some buddies, shipmates, who served on BB's, either when they were in the USN or via an exchange program. Every Gunnersmates dream, to be part of a big gun shoot, at least I got some time in on the 5"38 and others....
It seems to be one of this person's painting's: http://www.artbywayne.com/Where'd you get that print? That's a keeper! I just put it into one of my folders. I had some buddies, shipmates, who served on BB's, either when they were in the USN or via an exchange program. Every Gunnersmates dream, to be part of a big gun shoot, at least I got some time in on the 5"38 and others....
HMAS Melbourne of the Royal Australian Navy. Taken between 1955 and 1967. The giveaway is the White Ensign she's flying.
THANKS! I love this site--some gorgeous stuff.
Please refer back to this post:Does the Rescue of the Danish Jews still happen ITTL? IMO, I would guess so; I don't want this TL to eliminate one of the most awesome and heartwarming moments in Danish history (the YA book Number the Stars (1) is about this event)…
(1) I read that book when I was in middle school; it's a good historical fiction book...
At first I thought that this was Napoleon's Hundred Days and was really confused that artillery from 1815 would still be used in 1943.July 13, 1943 Loyang, China
Twelve eighty-one millimeter mortars and a battery of six eighteen pounders that had first served during the 100 Days and then had served the Indian Army well during the fighting in Burma began to fire.
I have heard it said that the Chinese forces were usually rated at 1 level below their actual 'call sign' in effectiveness - so a Regiment would be a Battalion and Corps level support would be 'Divisional'July 13, 1943 Loyang, China
The Japanese patrol was not expecting trouble. The Chinese army was tentative in its patrolling and any contact often became a massacre. The local conscripts were often poorly equipped, seldom armed to a standard that would not have embarrassed the victors of the siege of Port Arthur and scarily thin. The three hundred Japanese infantry men had left their base three days ago on a loot-all, kill-all, burn-all mission. Five men had been wounded. Two had been gored by an ox dragging a supply cart forward when the big beast was surprised, the other three were wounded during a failed ambush near a village that the lead platoons then burned to the ground.
Four hundred yards in front of the point man, a freshly arrived regiment waited. Men waited behind patty dikes, machine gunners shifted slightly as belts of ammunition were held up from the dirt to keep the guns clean and the firing mechanisms working. They were ready. The divisional artillery had been allocated to the regiment. Corps level support had been set to support the attack. Everyone waited as the Japanese advanced.
Twelve eighty-one millimeter mortars and a battery of six eighteen pounders that had first served during the 100 Days and then had served the Indian Army well during the fighting in Burma began to fire. The Japanese patrol was not expecting artillery fire. In any other theatre against any other opponent, the barrages were fairly light, but the shock of actual artillery being used properly in a walking barrage caught the patrolling infantrymen by surprise. Men who should have been on the ground and finding cover before the first shell exploded were scythed. Even as the chaos of the ambush began, the Chinese infantry regiment's riflemen and machine gunners began to fire.