TRAAK's, I got to give you credit. The photo you posted shows how the guns push the ship sideways better than any I have ever seen. Most pictures are of them firing while underway and you cannot see it.
Made obsolete by the aircraft.Real firepower of a bygone age.
Yep, and if I remember correctly, it was Mitchell himself that proved this point using a few aircraft vs a captured German Battleship. Most of the old school Generals and Admirals blew him off, and he was all but run out of the service until he was asked to return shortly after the beginning of WWII.Made obsolete by the aircraft.
I'm not so sure... few things today have equivalent firepower. A dozen MLRS? An Arc Light raid by B-52s (which is itself a 59 year old bird)?They are pretty bad ass, but compared to todays technolgy and weapons I wouldnt call them "brutal" unless it was ship on ship action which these bad boys never really got a chance to partake in (not with the 16" guns anyways).
I have seen F18s loaded with a couple thousand pound bombs launched from the flight deck of a carrier, get several of those in the sky could put some one in a serious hurt locker! As far as I know they make 2k pound and bigger bombs that can be dropped from aircraft.I'm not so sure... few things today have equivalent firepower. A dozen MLRS? An Arc Light raid by B-52s (which is itself a 59 year old bird)?