SS-GB on Sunday bbc1 9pm

Discussion in 'SMB' started by stephen cartwright, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Tex

    Tex Striker

    Good points re the RN. Also getting sunk in the middle of the Atlantic must be one of the most horrific ways to check out.

    You don't like us in the navy do you?

    Yes sir I like the navy - whenever we need to go somemplace to fight you're always there ready to give us a ride!
  2. cruze

    cruze Winger

  3. Mercia Blackcat

    Mercia Blackcat Striker

    Well Germany had no effective capital ships at the time and the Bismark and Scharnhorst when they were deployed later were hunted down. After the retreat from Dunkirk, Churchill actually invited Mussolini to send his fleet to take part in the Axis assault and even offered safe passage to British waters. Mussolini didn't take up the invitation but after the Battle of Taranto in November 1940 in which the Italian navy took a battering it never really challenged the British in the Med.
  4. Scotty

    Scotty Winger

    sorry, but both your comments are wrong

    the luftwaffe was pretty dreadful at sinking ships in 1940, they did'nt really get their act together until early 1941

    and altho we had left a lot of equipment behind in France (cos you know it was'nt just Dunkirk) we still had lots of equipment handy in the UK (albeit there was a shortage in a few areas)
  5. hullmackem

    hullmackem Striker

    Cracking episode that.
  6. janiep

    janiep Striker

    My comments are what Churchill's chiefs of staff said to him in June 1940!
  7. Scotty

    Scotty Winger

    which we now know were absolute tosh

    they got themselves in a panic due to 'invasion scare', and also credited the germans with capabilities that at that time they simply did'nt possess
  8. janiep

    janiep Striker

  9. Scotty

    Scotty Winger

    this ones from wiki, discussing tank numbers

    Estimates of the numbers of tanks in Britain after the fall of France vary; Viscount Cranbourne stated in the House of Lords (in 1942) that Britain only had 50 infantry tanks and 200 light tanks armed only with machine guns, and these figures have become the basis of the myth that the British Army in June 1940 had very few tanks. But Churchill stated that there were 102 cruiser tanks, 132 infantry tanks and 252 light tanks left in Britain after the fall of France.[9] Churchill also stated "in the last half of September we were able to bring into action on the south coast front sixteen divisions of high quality of which three were armoured divisions or their equivalent in brigades".[10] An official history gave the figures for tank numbers on 10 June 1940 as 103 cruisers and 142 infantry tanks.[11] Other sources indicate that these had more than doubled by the end of July. Whatever the exact numbers in August 1940 the British Government felt sufficiently confident in Britain's ability to repel an invasion (and in its tank production factories) that it sent 52 cruiser and 50 infantry tanks to Egypt. At this time Britain's factories were almost matching Germany's output in tanks and by 1941 they would surpass them

    yes we were short on artillery for a period, but by the time of any hypothetical sealion that shortage had also been addressed

    as for the luftwaffe's ability to sink the RN. The figures for Dynamo look pretty good (5 or 6 destroyers sunk by air attack) but once you dig deeper you realise that these were mostly stationary targets that were embarking troops. The same could mostly be said for RN losses off Norway. In a hypothetical Sealion the RN would'nt be sat still waiting for an attack

    The luftwaffe did'nt get its anti-shipping thing sorted until fleigerkorps X moved to the med in early 1941, prior to that they were as much a danger to their own side as they were to the allies (and these were the luftwaffe's elite anti-shipping unit)
  10. chriswallace85

    chriswallace85 Striker

    Shame you can barely make out what the hower's saying due to that ridiculous gruff voice he's putting on.
  11. Fletch

    Fletch Striker

    so is it sill boring or has the story picked up ?
  12. MackemBob

    MackemBob Winger

    Upsetting scenes from the start. Gerrin!
  13. riffraff

    riffraff Striker

    He's a twenty something playing a thirty or forty something. It's spoiling the whole show.
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  14. Nipple Salad

    Nipple Salad Central Defender

    He looks like a child star doing his first adult show

    They needed Humphrey Bogart they got one of the kids off Nanny McPhee

    His attempts to talk in a grown up gruff voice are the reason people have complained about not being able to hear what's going on
    janiep and riffraff like this.
  15. Royal 8er

    Royal 8er Winger

    Poor man's le carre
  16. Muppet

    Muppet Winger

    He's 37 :lol:
  17. Fletch

    Fletch Striker

    its a shame as this should have been a canny watch , turned it off again and won't be going back
  18. FN-2187

    FN-2187 Central Defender

    Slow start but turned out canny. Not brilliant but watchable
  19. Tadger

    Tadger Striker

    I'm enjoying it me like. His voice is a bit irritating but on the whole a good watch.
  20. Oli Wagkz

    Oli Wagkz Striker

    Sky plused the lot, sounds like it was shite then. Probably won't bother with it

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