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Re: Time/effort required, Part II

May 12 2012 at 7:35 AM
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"the only true duel between a well developed (if aged) system of harbor defenses and large enemy warships took place in Oslofjord in April 1940, where the 28cm and 15cm HD guns of Oscarsborg Fortress severely damaged heavy cruiser Blücher--she was then sunk with substantial loss of life by a shoreside torpedo battery--and smartly damaged the pocket battleship (Panzerschiff) Lützow. Meanwhile the other navies of the world watched and were reminded once again that ships took on HD batteries of equivalent size at their peril."

Then there's Nelson's maxim "A ship's a fool to fight a fort".

But what about the duels between Allied warships and the Cherbourg harbor defenses (including Battery Hamburg vs USS Texas and USS Arkansas) on 25 June 1944?

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