By David Rigby
Calling the mixed Chiefs of employees the glue that held the British-American alliance jointly in international warfare II, David Rigby describes the important contributions to Allied victory made through the association, which drew its participants from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of employees, the British Chiefs of employees Committee, and the British Joint employees undertaking. Readers get an excellent knowing of the personalities concerned and insights into the relationships among the Chiefs and Allied theater commanders. The position of the mixed Chiefs in monetary mobilization and the sour inter-Allied strategic debates are absolutely tested. exact info is usually given concerning the Casablanca convention and the Chiefs' usually hugely contentious conferences in Washington. The booklet provides the mixed Chiefs what they've got lengthy deserved--a ebook no longer weighted in the direction of the american citizens or the British and never strictly naval, military, or air orientated, yet mixed in a world in addition to an inter-service demeanour.
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With a maximum range almost as good as that of the 6-inch gun and with the semi-automatic mounts providing a greater rate of fire, these ships were able to – and occasionally did – stand in the line of battle alongside 6-inch light cruisers during surface engagements with the Italian fleet. 5 nautical miles) this meant they had to get considerably closer than the 6-inch cruisers to inflict serious damage on enemy cruiser-sized vessels, but they could still more than hold their own in a close-range fight.
There was a difference between ‘broad beam’ radar sets which were used for air and surface search – their effect likened to a floodlight – and ‘narrow beam’ sets, which were used to gather precise location and targeting information, like a torch or flashlight directed at the target. The Type 286 surface search radar and the Type 279 or Type 281 air warning sets fitted to many light cruisers during 1941 were both ‘broad beam’ sets, while the Type 284 main gun fire control radar was a ‘narrow beam’ radar.
Fiji was fitted with Type 279 radar, and in action off Crete in May 1941 she held off repeated enemy air attacks. She was finally bombed and sunk when her ammunition ran out. By late 1941 the even better Type 285 radar began to be fitted to cruisers. Improvements continued until the end of hostilities. Secondary AA guns (or main batteries in the case of anti-aircraft cruisers) could also use the Type 283 radar and its attendant Auto Barrage Unit (ABU) to throw up heavy flak barrages in the path of incoming aircraft.
Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II by David Rigby