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Uncle Fritz wrote:I wonder how events would play out if Ostasienschwadron had one, maybe two, fast battlecruisers of the Moltke Class (maybe they stuck out on some courtesy visit to Tsingtau in July 1914, or something like that). Combined with the firepower of Scharnhorst and Gneisenau they would surely sank the coveted british squadron at Falklands. Or maybe even counter the invasion of Tsingtau and save the colony?
And what with the oil burning boilers? They weren't adopted by 1914?
Oil offered many benefits. It had double the thermal content of coal so that boilers could be smaller and ships could travel twice as far. Greater speed was possible, and oil burned with less smoke so the fleet would not reveal its presence as quickly. Oil could be stored in tanks anywhere, allowing more efficient design of ships, and it could be transferred through pipes without reliance on stokers, reducing manning. Refueling at sea was feasible, which provided greater flexibility. source: http://www.epmag.com/archives/digitalOilField/5911.htm
Uncle Fritz wrote:I disagree on that point. It was no problem for German representatives in Persia or Ottoman Empire (or any other country on the Southern hemisphere) to acquire demanded quantities of oil for Graf Spee and then simply distribute it using the covert network. Wilhelm Wassmuss and Baron Oppenheim could help here a lot (provided that Ostasienschwadron would have oil burning boilers in 1914).
Besides I assumed that Tirpitz would be fixated on oil instead coal, and that entire German Navy would be using oil in 1914 being ahead of the British, like in so many fields. But even if Ostasienschwadron being experimental oil-only unit, it's still no problem for a local supply network.
I disagree on that point. It was no problem for German representatives in Persia or Ottoman Empire (or any other country on the Southern hemisphere) to acquire demanded quantities of oil for Graf Spee and then simply distribute it using the covert network.
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