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Bloody April 1917

Posted April 7th, 2017 at 03:34 AM by Triceratops

The 9th April 1917, marked the beginning of the Battle of Arras, the BEF's Spring Offensive of 1917, launched to coincide with France's Nivelle Offensive.

To support the ground attack, the Royal Flying Corps deployed 365 aircraft, about two-thirds artillery spotters, photo-reconnaissance planes and tactical bombers, while the remainder were fighters, tasked with protecting them during their missions.
Here, however, was a problem, for the RFC aircraft were by and large outclassed...
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The Mosquito Fleet

Posted October 1st, 2015 at 02:31 AM by Triceratops
Updated October 1st, 2015 at 03:49 AM by Triceratops

PT Boats in action at Guadalcanal, December 1942.

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By late November 1942, the supply situation for the Japanese on Guadalcanal Island was critical. Slow moving transport ships were easy targets for US planes based at Henderson Field and insufficient materiel was being delivered to Japanese ground forces.

The Imperial Japanese Navy therefore decided to run fast destroyer only convoys to Guadalcanal,...
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