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  1. rittmeister

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    a test doesn't make a deploayable weapon, not even if the test succeeds
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    "Creeping Barrage" win Gettysburg...

    so why didn't they even try? the idea seems to be kinda obvious
  3. rittmeister

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    where is the capacity to built them? ... and damn the torpedos referred to mines - the first torpedo as we now understand it sunk a ship in 1878.
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    i don't deny that, but ... it really helps to carefully read what others have written the classical role of the cav was over, there was no way to take a gun emplacement or break up an infantry formation at the point of a sabre any longer. if we take a serious look it was already over after...
  5. rittmeister

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    a torpedo then was a mine (some of them mounted on a rather long stick) your coastal torpedo boats are what exactly? mine layers? no matter what they are if they want to terrorize northern harbours they need to make it past their 'personal' blockade squadrons first - did you say 'in numbers'...
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    you want to read up how helium was discovered and where. knowing it exists does not make an extraction plant, does it? also the military isn't really fast in adapting to new stuff, is it? how long did they insist on keeping sails as secondary propulsion? they are good in improving stuff they...
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    we kinda did in the real world explosives that go boom when? your airships need to be out of rifle range, right? those airships used hydrogen so being shot at was no fun (as we learned in ww I). or do you propose a helium* plant in the confederacy? --- * ... hint: helium was discovered by...
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    okay, johann schütte (german link) used wood for the internal structure - graf zeppelin used duraluminium. the latter showed up with the union, though. pic is from the wiki mentioned
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    Limelight as It was Known...

    those examples look rather stationary to me - good luck with your mobile units on rough terrain
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    now you are up to sth. that certainly might have worked for reconnaissance ... ... forget the steampunk and the bombing, though. below you see sl-2* bombing warsaw (1914). try to built such a monster using tredegar technology in 1861. and don't forget a steam engine is a lot heavier than...
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    Coronavirus: Track the virus' spread with this world map tool

    there's an interesting link to be found https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/style/sex-coronavirus-questions-answers.html?algo=bandit-story_desk_filter&fellback=false&imp_id=784221585&imp_id=813760210&action=click&module=editorsPicks&pgtype=Article&region=Footer
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    Coronavirus: Track the virus' spread with this world map tool

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/04/coronavirus-us-ventilators-new-york-trump-touts-unproven-cure-malaria-drug
  13. rittmeister

    "Creeping Barrage" win Gettysburg...

    while turtledove is fun to read his changes to history are kinda fishy
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    Capt. Brett Crozier ousted

    nobody accused him of breaking the ucmj, my dear commander rapp
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    Coronavirus: Track the virus' spread with this world map tool

    the north bank is now an emergency corona centre signal iduna park
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    Coronavirus: Track the virus' spread with this world map tool

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/03/california-church-coronvirus-outbreak-sacramento
  17. rittmeister

    "Creeping Barrage" win Gettysburg...

    ... and probably got lost bajonetted their own gunners to elevate napoleons for indirect fire you need to put sth under their wheels - good luck with that for guns? how would they make the fittings to keep the fluid in place with the gun's recoil? [ ] see? [ ] told you so [ ]...
  18. rittmeister

    "Creeping Barrage" win Gettysburg...

    i didn't deny that, did i? ... i will take apart that other post of yours later :D
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    "Creeping Barrage" win Gettysburg...

    so what! if it simply can't be done it makes no sense discussing its effect, does it? with no air defences a dozen dive-bombers would have endet the war in 1861 makes as much sense as your argument. ... you need to see where you're shooting at for a creeping barrage, don't you? how so when...
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