Ben Hom writes:
"Despite two subsequent naval treaties in the 1930s,
once it became obvious
that WWII was on the horizon, all of the major
powers restarted battleship
construction in earnest, even though
subsequent events would prove them
Certainly Ben is
correct if one refers to the battleship as the "main man"
operations, this function having transferred to the carrier even
WW2 in more "enlightened" thinking. However, I would not refer to
obsolescent if taken literally. The battleship was still the weapon
choice in support of invasions from sea on hostile shores. Add to that,
1944, thanks to the proximity fuse in fast firing 5" DP guns and the
previously mentioned 40mm gun, the battleship provided a feeling of
to carrier anti aircraft ops.
Anyone can reply to that but
afterwards it is time to move back into the
group's subject matter...steam
era frt cars. Thanks.