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looking through the Great war forums Gallipoli section someone had a posting for starter books on Gallipoli has many books online to put it mildly.

Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:33:54 am »
I have read that the winter of 1917-1918 produced some really bad storms wind force 11 did happen.

from the log of HMS Attentive:
6 Dec 17 England air raid the night of 5/6 dec 17 19 Gothas of BG 3 and 2 R- planes of Rfa 501 took of to bomb England. Of the Gothas 3 aborted , 2 were shot down by AA fire, 1 was MIA , 1 wrecked while landing and 2 forced to land before they could reach their airfield. Damage 8 killed 28 wounded 103,408 pounds worth of damage done.
R German for Riesenflugzuge giant plane what the Germans called their 4 engine bombers. Rfa Riesenflugzueg Abteilung Giant plane Unit. R 39 was one of the R planes out this night. BG Bombengeswader.

22/23 Dec 17 Dover several gothas and 2 R planes took off to bomb England but the raid was aborted by bad weather no damage done.

30 January 18  4 R planes R12, R39 R25 and R26 bombed England 10 killed 10 wounded 8968 pounds worth of damage done. 3 Rs were attacked by British nightfighters R 25 was attacked by 5 of them and flew home after being hit 88 times. The other two were the R 26 and R 39

The German Giants Peter grosz
The Air Defense of Britain Chris Cole

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:44:51 pm »
recently the wreck of the Australian submarine AE-1 missing from 14 September 1914 has been found off the Duke of York Islands. This was the first Allied submarine to be lost in WW I. see the great war forum for more details

Also recently more wrecks from WW II have been found off the Island of Leyte including the USS Ward that fired the first shot of the USN at Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 see for more details

Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« on: December 16, 2017, 12:28:24 am »
The 10 Sep 17 German seaplane loss is from there is a day by day air combat loss 100 years ago going on

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Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:09:35 pm »
10 Sept 17 HMS Attentive recorded the downing of a Hostile seaplane. This was the Friedshafen FF 33L #1251 pilot Flugzeugmt Senior Aviation Mate P Wolter KIA and Observer Lt Blank POW of marine Kustenflieger Abteilung Flanderen which was spoting for Battery Deutshland (4 15 inch guns) when it was shot down by Flight Commander Fisher of 4 Squadron RNAS flying a Sopwith camel

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: December 13, 2017, 05:02:00 pm »
Movie alert:
Russel Crowe is talking of making another of the Aubrey-Maturin series for those who liked the movie "Master and Commander"

AMC has a mini series in the works "The Terror" a novel about the Franklin Expedition

Netflix has in 2018 a big budget docuseries coming out "The Last Tsar's" On the last tsar Nicholas II his life and reign

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: November 30, 2017, 12:35:08 am »
It looks like the Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan is lost with all hands. On board was their navy's first female submarine officer.

Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:55:36 am »
19/20 Oct 17 the Silent raid on England 5 of 11 Zeppelins lost all do to weather according to War in the Air Volume 3 the wind speed up to 10,000 ft was about 20 mph above that it doubled and over 20,000 ft the wind was gale force.

30/31 oct 17 the Dover raid was by 1 or 2 Gothas of KG 3 that did 2 pounds worth of damage.

2 nov 17 Dunkirk was probably bombed by KG 1 or 4 note KG 1 had 4 aircrew killed around Dunkirk during 4 Nov 17

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:17:50 pm »
Nova on PBS has a program Killer Hurricanes" One Hurricane they discuss a great deal about is what may be the deadliest hurricane in history the October 1780 hurricane that hit the Caribean and killed over 22,000 people including a lot of HM ships and sailors. It was big 300+ miles wide  and slow moving and there was a big storm surge.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: November 04, 2017, 03:02:11 am »
In the site on the Imperial Japanese navy It appears the wreck of the liner Athenia the first ship sunk during WW II has been found in a sonar scan. also the wrecks of the 2 Japanese Battleships and 3 destroyers sunk in the battle of the Surigao strait in WW II have been located by sonar search.

Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:29:45 am »
11 Oct 17 HMS Empress the seaplane that failed to return was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and the crew was taken prisoner

Old Weather Magazine / Re: World War I centenary update
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:29:52 pm »
27 Sept 17 raid was done by the following KUK marine seaplanes: K203, K307, K193, K205, K231, K206, and k231. The K307 was forced down do to engine failure and captured with its 2 man crew.  As for the K193 the bodies of both crewmen were recovered along with some wreckage from the aircraft. The K223 went missing. It is believed the K223 and K193 may have collided. Damage done by the raid. One anti-aircraft gun hit no damage to it  2 KIA 2 WIA. House hit 13 WIA, Steamboat along side the Armored crusier Pisa sunk 1 KIA 1 WIA, The Pisa was also damaged 1 KIA 1WIA. Also a floating dry dock was lightly damaged.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:27:17 am »
Why the San Diego sank The ship was hit by a mine in the port engine room which flooded along with Number 8 fireroom. E. Keble Chatterton in one of his books points out that the bow wave of a ship will sometimes push a mine out of the way and it will swing back and hit the ship midships. The ship soon listed to 17.5 degrees. A ship this size with a centerline bulkhead between the engine rooms will list badly do to a mine hit like this unless the crew starts counterflooding really fast. The ship continued to list until water started coming in the gunports on the side of the hull which flooded the ship even more and increased the list and caused the ship to capsize.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:22:45 pm »
The standard view is San Diego hits mine laid by U156 and capsizes and sinks fairly quickly. Note most pre-dreadnought era Battleships and Cruisers could not take underwater damage from mines and torpedoes

On the lighter side on 9 sep 17 there was the first use of OMG short for OH My God! in history in a letter by retired Admiral Jackie Fisher to Winston Churchill on the new list of honors that came out earlier that year in England. MBE, OBE, CBE, KBE,GBE. This is from the 9 Sep 17 Wall Street Journal.

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