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Old October 26th, 2011, 10:18 PM   #21

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I got some links that i think are of interest, though they are in PDF. Would that be a problem sharing here?
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I actually wrote my honors thesis for my History B.A. on the subject of the Italian Navy during WWII. Maybe I could dig something up to that end. It's actually a fairly interesting story considering how little known it is. The Italians are ofcourse much-maligned in most English language histories as poor soldiers/sailors etc. but the Regia Marina gave a good account of itself on the whole considering the incredible material disadvantages Italy was under. I think most people who have a significant interest in WWII naval history will at least be familiar with the Regia Marina's use of naval special warfare tactics a la the maiales and frogmen attaching limpet mines to Royal Navy warships.
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I got some links that i think are of interest, though they are in PDF. Would that be a problem sharing here?
Post away! I've been thinking about a links post anyway.
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I actually wrote my honors thesis for my History B.A. on the subject of the Italian Navy during WWII. Maybe I could dig something up to that end. It's actually a fairly interesting story considering how little known it is. The Italians are ofcourse much-maligned in most English language histories as poor soldiers/sailors etc. but the Regia Marina gave a good account of itself on the whole considering the incredible material disadvantages Italy was under. I think most people who have a significant interest in WWII naval history will at least be familiar with the Regia Marina's use of naval special warfare tactics a la the maiales and frogmen attaching limpet mines to Royal Navy warships.
The Italian navy would be a great topic!
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General Naval links


Official historical site of the RN-Quite exhaustive
History of the Royal Navy

General Naval History site
http://www.naval-history.net/index.htm

Independent RN Archive site
http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/

General independent RN site
http://navy-matters.beedall.com/

General Naval History site
http://www.navweaps.com/

US Navy's official Naval History site
http://www.history.navy.mil/

Excellent site for current USN information
http://www.uscarriers.net/

German Navy in WWI and WWII
http://www.german-navy.de/hochseeflotte/

General archival collection on the RN in WWI and WWII
http://www.admirals.org.uk/

http://www.hullnumber.com/
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World War II specific Naval History sites


Imperial Japanese Navy Doctrine site
https://sites.google.com/site/davidijn/home

U-Boot war site
ubootwaffe.net & u-boat.info : U-Boat and Kriegsmarine History

U-Boot war site
The U-boat Wars 1939-1945 (Kriegsmarine) and 1914-1918 (Kaiserliche Marine) and Allied Warships of WWII - uboat.net

USN submarine war site
WWII US Submarine Warfare Pacific World War II 1941-1945

Battle of Midway Roundtable
The Battle of Midway Roundtable

Arguably the best site on the internet on the IJN in WWII
The Imperial Japanese Navy Page | Nihon Kaigun

Dedicated Japanese Battleship Yamato site
Yamato the Ultimate Battleship

Battle of Samar site
The Battle Off Samar - Main Menu

Interesting site on the Kamikaze by a Japanese national
http://www.geocities.jp/kamikazes_site_e/

World War II database-Not strictly naval, but has naval pages
http://ww2db.com/

Nominally dedicated to the Bismark-class Battleships, it has extensive information on a variety of surface vessels of the Kriegsmarine.
http://www.bismarck-class.dk/index.html



Site dedicated to the the German Battleship Bismark
http://www.kbismarck.com/

Comprehensive OOB site for most pertinent WWII battles
http://www.niehorster.orbat.com/000_admin/000oob.htm

American Merchant Marine in WWII
http://www.usmm.org/

Dedicated USN PT Boat site
http://www.ptboats.org/

USN's database of Japanese warships
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/s...n/jap-name.htm

Dedicated USS Houston Site
http://www.usshouston.org/

Collection of images of major warships of WWII
http://voodoo-world.cz/ww2car/

Pearl Harbor site
http://www.ibiblio.org/phha/Main.html

Site Commemorating HMS Hood
http://hmshood.com/

Site Dedicated to the USN in the Pacific
http://www.microworks.net/pacific/

Italian Navy site
http://www.regiamarina.net/

Dutch Navy Site
http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/

The US government's official history of the war in the Pacific
http://www.anesi.com/ussbs01.htm

Site dedicated to the cruiser USS Salem
http://www.uss-salem.org/

Admiral Phillip Vian's report to the Admirality on the RN's attack on the oil refineries at Palembang.
http://www.tangmerepilots.co.uk/medi.../Palembang.pdf
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Russo-Japanese War site


The Russo-Japanese War Research Society-Has a dedicated section on the naval war
The Russo-Japanese War Research Society

Account of the naval war from the Russian viewpoint.
http://rusnavy.com/history/hrn10-e.htm

Russian personal account of the Battle of Tsushima
http://www.wtj.com/archives/semenov_01.htm

Excellent account of Tsushima
http://www.hoffstrizz.com/2010/02/th...uver-in-n.html
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WWI Links


Comprehensive site on the Naval Combat of WWI
World War 1 Naval History - World War One battles, pictures, maps

Site Dedicated to the Battle of Jutland
Battle of Jutland

Interesting site on the wrecks of Jutland
Jutland Gallery

Interesting official British account of Jutland
The Grand Fleet
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The Italian navy would be a great topic!
I absolutely agree here. The Italian navy was a good one in terms of its ships (modern, fast, well designed). The officers were professional, the crews well trained and skilled in gunnery and torpedo tactics. The design and engineering of the light cruisers, destroyers, torpedo boats and submarines was of a high order. The heavy cruisers however were underprotected for their displacement which resulted in heavy losses in action.

A criticism of the Regia Marina's policy during the Washington Treaty years was that it rebuilt four essentially obsolescent battleships (Cesare, Doria, Cavour, Duilio) rather than use materials and slip space to construct more modern ones. The three completed Littorio class were good ships but were unready and unable to play much of a role in the early years of the war. The gunpower of the four older Italin BBs was no match for the Royal Navy's capital ships in the Med, nor was the protection level of the older ships.

Italy's biggest disadvantage was the Royal Navy. Others were the inability to develop useful radar sets, and the dependence on land based air force support rather than mobile aircraft carriers.

At first glance the navy seemed to be operating almost exclusively within range of land based planes, but coordination was poor (the air force was dominated by politically connected Fascisti) and the periodic loss of territory in North Africa deprived the Italians of important bases of operations.

Italy's ships and planes were quite good overall. The Italians are clever engineers and the effort they made to provide and equip armed forces was remarkable considering the limited industrial and economic resources Italy had.
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