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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Sure, yes, let's make everyone on those ships suicidal maniacs.

    Kind of like those Romans marching into the WWII Marines' bullets:

    The Marines need to reload, how much ammo on hand?
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    The Douglass SBD was probably obsolete too but it's what sank the Japanese carriers. Course the torpedo attacks brought down the fighter cover, but a win is a win. Rather than ships what about aircraft, what could a supersonic fighter do against WW1 planes. No guns? Missiles don't track on wooden planes, can't fly slow enough to engage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That was a point I brought up earlier.

    If the wooden ship can trigger the explosive I think the shell might be through the ship before it detonates.

    Wood has no stopping power against something like that.

    We may just end up with a bunch of ships with holes in them.
    The 5" secondary batteries and heavy anti aircraft guns would chew the ships to pieces. Their rate of fire is also pretty decent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    WWII Battleships carried mostly bombardment shells for shore bombardment, and very few armor piercing shells for ship to ship combat. Bombardment shells had proximity fuses and they would have worked perfectly against wooden ships.
    The big guns probably wouldn't even be needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    I had forgotten how obsolete the Stringbag was, our obsolete TBD at least could hit 200...



    They paid the price at Midway...



    Douglas TBD Devastator Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
    Dive bombers did all the work , Japanese fighter coverage was not there during that attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    What's the range of a cannonball? Not far all it could ever hope to do is break fragile parts of the ship, fire control, ranging equipment. The battleship would have to stay back some distance just so it's guns can be pointed that low. Would the 15" guns using HE rounds even explode on a wooden ship or would they just pass on through?
    Does it really matter? The early 19th century solid shot caused massive causalities by bursting through the wooden sides & hulls, wooden shrapnel kills just as well as steel shrapnel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ęthelfrith View Post
    They probably said the same thing to the 'fucking idiots' that attacked Bismarck in wooden planes...
    The torpedoes carried by those planes were modern enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That was a point I brought up earlier.

    If the wooden ship can trigger the explosive I think the shell might be through the ship before it detonates.

    Wood has no stopping power against something like that.

    We may just end up with a bunch of ships with holes in them.
    With dead crews from the flying wooden splinters caused by those heavy shells passing through those wooden hulls.
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    wooden ships with big holes don't do well. Down she goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    The torpedoes carried by those planes were modern enough.
    Modern? Not the vocab I'd use here. Goes back to something like 1866

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