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Friday, May 30, 2014

Tomorrow is a big anniversary: May 31, 1916, the start of the Battle of Jutland

All those enthusiasts interested in naval history and warships from 1900 to 1921 know what May 31st is about: the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Jutland in 1916. This picture, of course, shows the unfortunate loss of HMS Invincible (from Wikipedia).

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The World War Two British Emergency War Programme

The British World War Two Emergency War Programme (as they say) was very inadequate for rebuilding the navy from the losses of 1941 and 1942. The Battle for Crete took a heavy toll of cruisers and destroyers. We might as why they wanted to build the Colony class cruisers. They were too small for their armament and were not able to take battle damage. They really needed to build a mix, such as larger Liverpool class ships, more Dido light cruisers, and perhaps more Leander class ships. Then again, nine-gun Colony class ships might have been equivalent.

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