From: Elvis served 3rd Armored, Friedberg, West Germany
Historically, not sure what really happened. Anyone know? Would figure the accuracy would be tough with the technology in 1944. The cost of shipping and production Ammo to England would make the value expensive. Could make the supply of a ship drop x2, instead of x1. Also, force the ship to stop moving after the attack. Then again, if the hit is only 10% morale, why do it at all?
From the flip side. It probably was impossible for Gerry to hit a ship. Cost of Ammo, Accuracy, and return in investment wasn't there. To destroy a ship, you need a fat 500# Dive Bomber or Torpedo at close range. Some 150mm shell isn't going to hurt a ship from couple miles offshore. Tank battles had shells bouncing off advanced T-34, JU-tanks in Russia. I really don't know the tech side.
Guns of Navarone, now I've seen that flick with Gregory Peck. Those weren't your standard 150mm artillery. Also, when the Yanks landed, most them emplacements by Gerry were empty, weren't they? Fake guns.
In the Pacific, the US Navy would shell for a week, and would do nothing significant in physical damage, so maybe the morale drop is the answer. Looking back and playing armchair quarterback, I've always questioned the Island Hopping strategy. Those islands like Tarawa, Guam, Wake, etc, cost alot of lives. Use the Navy, and spray chemicals might have been a better strategy. How do you feed 5000 troops on an island for an extended time, there's only so many coconuts on Gilligan's Island.
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