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  •  This was strictly part of the air campaign ... (0+ / 0-)

    ....and had NOTHING to do with Overlord, as such. The Londoners were being slaughtered (over 100 dead in one incident when a V-1 went straight in the door of the Guards Chapel in Whitehall, whilst a service was going on). Churchill was desparate for a solution.

    The idea was that the escort carriers would enter the North Sea (air supremacy over coastal waters had been achieved at this point), and the F4U's would use 'Tiny Tim' rockets to take out V-1 'ski-sites' in a much more efficient manner than a bombing campaign with 'iron' bombs.

    IMHO, it would have worked.....and saved civilian lives. What Marshall DIDN'T want was the slightest chance of a Marine uniform hanging around in Europe! That is what I find so so disgusting.

    Letting civilans bleed and die because of inter-Service rivalry is NOT acceptable!

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 06:19:33 AM PST

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    •  shortfinals: to some extent that's been solved (1+ / 0-)
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      but there's still plenty of ISR to go around.

       I had not heard about Project Danny before now; I mistakenly thought you were referring to the Coventry bombing (and how the Allied command let it go forward so as not to reveal their having broken the Axis codes).

      Marshall, eh? If you'd've said Patton ... or even LeMay ... I'd've been prepared to wonder about that. But not with Marshall.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:30:54 AM PST

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