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HMS HOWE in Suez Canal

HMS HOWE in Suez Canal

Scan from a well known card amazingly in colour of the KG5 Class battleship in the Suez Canal in 1944.
However it has been printed in reverse but was spotted as I have cuttings of the same photo shown the other way round. The giveaway is the positioning of her twin anchors which were on the starboard bow.

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Presumably en route to join the British Pacific Fleet. There don't seem to have been many color photos taken of British warships during that period.
 

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Often wondered if the British had a modern fleet such as the King George Vs, a couple Formidable class carriers with decent aircraft in 1941 perhaps those defeats by the Japanese would have been reversed.
 

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"Often wondered if the British had a modern fleet such as the King George Vs, a couple Formidable class carriers with decent aircraft in 1941 perhaps those defeats by the Japanese would have been reversed."

The ill-fated HMS Prince of Wales, sunk by Japanese aircraft on 10 December 1941, was the sister-ship of King George V, Duke of York, Anson and Howe. The fact is that, with Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Tirpitz lurking in the Atlantic, and the Italian battle fleet active in the Med, the British couldn't spare any more of their modern ships for use against the Japanese.
 

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I appreciate that Klaattu, but have often asked myself could the RN have bettered the IJN had they been better equipped or were the Japanese simply too good. They appeared fearless and had an air of invincibility. Prince of Wales and Repulse were only beaten due to lack of air cover, but how much was enough to be an effective Force Z??
 

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The IJN were only as good as far as the Battle of Midway 6 months after Pearl Harbour, after which the US had the upper hand for he remainder of the war at sea.
 

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Hmm, was it US strategy and ships that bested the Japanese or a case of the might of US industry building ship after ship. Ultimately the Japanese took on more than they could chew with vast supply lines required over the Far East and with little natural resources to back up their own industry not to mention by 1945 lack of pilots. I suppose in 1941 as Klaatu points out the RN had to much area to cover and not enough ships.
So revise the question, what if the Italians had a fleet the size of the IJN and the Italian fleet was in Japanese hands? One imagines the RN would have lost any kind of foothold in the Med, resulting in the fall of North Africa, Malta and Gibraltar under siege??
 

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Hi lads, just to confirm Fairfield's concerns, if you go to HMS Howe on Wikipedia she is travelling in the opposite direction!!
 

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broken up at wards shipbreaking yard inverkeithing 1958.
 

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"The IJN were only as good as far as the Battle of Midway 6 months after Pearl Harbour, after which the US had the upper hand for he remainder of the war at sea."

It wasn't quite that simple. After Midway there ensued a protracted naval campaign around the Solomon Islands, during which each side inflicted pretty nearly equal losses upon the other. Although mostly fought among cruisers and destroyers, the naval losses included two Japanese battleships (Hiei and Kirishima) and two American fleet carriers (Hornet and Wasp). After a series of savage naval battles that lasted for more than a year the Japanese finally backed down, and it was only at that point that the initiative finally passed to the U.S.
 

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