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Old 07-01-2017, 14:12
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HMS Undine was sunk on the 7th January 1940 by the German M/S Flotilla of Helligoland. She was the lead ship of the U Class submarines,of which there were 69 built

.HMS Seahorse suffered the same fate that day in the same area as Undine-this time it was the 1st German M/S Flotilla.

A bad day for the RN submarine service.

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Old 09-01-2017, 13:05
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Another RN submarine HMSub Starfish sunk on 9 January 1940 by German minesweeper M7 in the Heligoland Bight.This surely started some bells ringing in the Admiralty; but unfortunately it was still the Phoney War period.


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Old 19-01-2017, 14:30
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The Battle of Imbros was a naval action that took place during the First World War. The battle occurred on 20 January 1918 when an Ottoman squadron engaged a flotilla of the British Royal Navy off the island of Imbros in the Aegean Sea. A lack of heavy Allied warships in the area allowed the Ottoman battlecruiser Yavūz Sultān Selīm and light cruiser Midilli to sortie into the Mediterranean and attack the British monitors and destroyers at Imbros before assaulting the naval base at Mudros.

Although the Ottoman forces managed to complete their objective of destroying the British monitors at Imbros, the battle turned sour for them as they sailed through a minefield while withdrawing. Midilli was sunk and Yavūz Sultān Selīm heavily damaged. Although Yavūz Sultān Selīm managed to beach herself within the Dardanelles, she was subjected to days of air attacks until she was towed to safety. With the most modern cruiser of the Ottoman Navy sunk and her only battlecruiser out of action, the battle effectively curtailed the Ottoman Navy's offensive capability until the end of the war.

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Old 19-01-2017, 17:18
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The Battle of Imbros was a naval action that took place during the First World War. The battle occurred on 20 January 1918 when an Ottoman squadron engaged a flotilla of the British Royal Navy off the island of Imbros in the Aegean Sea. A lack of heavy Allied warships in the area allowed the Ottoman battlecruiser Yavūz Sultān Selīm and light cruiser Midilli to sortie into the Mediterranean and attack the British monitors and destroyers at Imbros before assaulting the naval base at Mudros.

Although the Ottoman forces managed to complete their objective of destroying the British monitors at Imbros, the battle turned sour for them as they sailed through a minefield while withdrawing. Midilli was sunk and Yavūz Sultān Selīm heavily damaged. Although Yavūz Sultān Selīm managed to beach herself within the Dardanelles, she was subjected to days of air attacks until she was towed to safety. With the most modern cruiser of the Ottoman Navy sunk and her only battlecruiser out of action, the battle effectively curtailed the Ottoman Navy's offensive capability until the end of the war.

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Midilli was the ex-German cruiser Breslau, which had accompanied Yavuz Sultan Selim (ex-German Goeben) throughout her adventures with the Ottoman navy since August 1914.
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Old 02-10-2017, 18:43
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I note that today is the anniversary of laying down HMS Dreadnought in 1905. Given that other navies, notably the USN and the Japanese were developing all big-gun battleships I wonder if the new ships would have gained a generic name if one of these had been launched first? I can see Satsuma as type, if she had been completed with all big guns, but South Carolinas? It doesn't quite work.

Do any of our experts here have any thoughts on the matter?
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:32
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good morning,

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.. I wonder if the new ships would have gained a generic name if one of these had been launched first ?
From a historian's point of view, they might have been called CUNIBERTIs, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vittorio_Cuniberti , but I readily agree that DREADNOUGHT is much more impressive and sounds better, as well.

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Old 08-11-2017, 10:41
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good morning,

today is the 75th anniversary of Operation TORCH, the beginning of the Allied land offensive in the Western Theater, leading through North Africa, Italy and France into Germany.
Especially interesting is IMO the attempt to surprise and capture the harbour of Oran and the French ships there https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Reservist .

A peripheral and critical (!) view might go to https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/...eration-torch/

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Old 13-11-2017, 13:08
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Thanks for posting that Urs , had not read either of those reports before and goes to prove the phrase " you learn something new every day "

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On this day Terry Lewin was born, 1920, and the rest is Naval History!
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