Prologue Part 4 – RAF The Battle of Britain – “Live” solitaire campaign. Know your enemy

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Battle of Britain, RAF, wargames, West End Games

13 days to go

Jul 29 1 (1)As the realisation that invasion cannot come before air supremacy, so the raids increase in number and intensity.   The population is reminded of how to identify the German raiders

  1. Peter says:

    Another remarkable detail I noticed not until you posted those scans from 1940s newspapers. I was surprised the germans used diesel engines in the Ju 86. A few years ago there was an article in a magazine about the usage of diesel engines in modern sports aeroplanes. Didn’t know that this concept was used as early as the 1940s.

    Maybe that’s another example of “use whatever is available”. When Germany started the attack on Russia in 41 the reportedly used over 2000 different types of vehicles including those captured during the campaigns in Poland and France. Must have been a nightmare for supplies and maintenance.

    • simonsmrt says:

      The Ju86 is not an aircraft I am very familiar with, and having looked it up, its not surprising given its limited wartime record. But yes I agree 100% about he German usage of so many different types. It seems in the search for perfection they kept on trying to improve on a widget here a flange there all to the detriment of the war effort. Looking at the Russian T-34 or the awful British sten gun smg (both now regarded as wartime design classics owing to their simplicity) as soon as they were proven fit for purpose regardless of aesthetics or crudeness they were mass produced at a rate that given their faults the sheer quantity outweighed quality and were easily replaced as opposed the thousands of noncompliant spare parts the Germans must have required.

  2. Peter says:

    Even when the Germans tried to standardise a design they sometimes overshot the mark. At the ‘Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung’ in Koblenz – educational collection for the Bundeswehr, also accessible to the publicas a military museum – there’s an exhibit of a standard chassis for passenger cars: All-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, independent suspension – every technological gadget was implemented. How could that mechanical puzzle ever have worked in russian mud or north-african sand?

    Oh, by the way – the Long Range Desert Group got along fine with rear wheel drive and leaf springs…. 🙂

  3. simonsmrt says:

    I guess its what makes German engineering so good, great in peacetime, in wartime……..hmmm. Reading the contemporary British articles I have to say I’m quite surprised at the level of propaganda. Maybe naively I didn’t expect it to be so pronounced but comparing the tallies its interesting to note that the British reported losses are by and large quite accurate whereas those the British media claim as German losses are hugely exaggerated.
    Having checked the long range weather forecast it looks like 11th-12th are going to be clear, 13th cloudy and 14th potentially stormy. So based on the above the 3rd day might be critical if as usual a high proportion of sqns are in a fatigued or rest/damaged state.

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