Warship

Riverine Warfare – Vietnam II

Warship 11 Min Read

The Monitors were the battleships of the Mobile Riverine Force. They were equipped with varied armament including 105mm cannon in turrets, 40mm cannon, or napalm weapons as in this photo. These Zippo Boats were very effective against VC spider holes or other such bunkers and fortifications. A U.S. Navy Mk I PBR inspects a junk in Vietnam. The MRF was…

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German Schnellboot (S-boat)

Schnellboot S-80 torpedo boat Camo Operations with the Kriegsmarine S-boats were often used to patrol the Baltic Sea and the English Channel in order to intercept shipping heading for the English ports in the south and east. As such, they were up against Royal Navy and Commonwealth (particularly Royal Canadian…

Russia Warship 4 Min Read

Borodino class

In 1904 Moscow dispatched the 2nd Pacific Squadron, commanded by Admiral Zinovi Petrovich Rohdzsvenski, from the Baltic to the Pacific, halfway around the world, to salvage the desperate situation in the Pacific. Rohdzsvenski’s main units numbered eight battleships, three armored cruisers, and three hopelessly obsolete armored coast-defense warships. The core…

Warship 11 Min Read

Deutschland class

As long as Chancellor Otto von Bismarck remained in power, the German Navy was distinctly subordinate to the German army in the counsels of government, and the navy was relegated basically to a coast-defense mission. (Until 1888, the year of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s accession, the navy had actually been run…

Germany Naval Warship 14 Min Read

Graf Zeppelin I

Plans for a shipped-based air force started soon after Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. The first plans were limited to supplying the existing battleships and cruisers with reconnaissance seaplanes. On March 12th 1934 the first requirements the future aircraft carrier was given. Within a year the design study had been…

Air Warfare Germany Naval Warship 13 Min Read

Graf Zeppelin II

Last photograph of Graf Zeppelin towed from Swinocijscie Poland to Leningrad. April 17. 1947. In April 1945, Soviet troops found the carrier’s artillery had been dismantled, the installation of fire control equipment had not been finished and the electrical installations partially installed as well as the flight equipment. There was…

Navies Warship 15 Min Read

The Battleship Race Won and the Strategy Lost

USS Arizona Built in 1913 and was the second and last of the Pennsylvania Class “super-dreadnought” battleships and primarily served stateside during WWI. She was part of the escort of the USS George Washington that carried President Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference on December 13, 1918. 31,400 tons and…

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German Schnellboot (S-boat)

Schnellboot S-80 torpedo boat Camo Operations with the Kriegsmarine S-boats were often used to patrol…

Soviet Navy WWII Aircraft Carrier Design

PROJECT KOSTROMITINOV Aircraft 66 Fighters 40 bombers/torpedo bombers Guns 8Ă—2 152 mm 4Ă—3+6Ă—2 100mm FlaK…

American Civil War Ironclads

At the outset both sides were militarily weak. The North did have a clear advantage…

Yamato (1941) Part I

IJN Yamato by Chris Flodberg  The tower carried Type 21 and 22 radar, the main…