If Kreigmarine operated on coal.

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Nodeo-Franvier
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If Kreigmarine operated on coal.

Post by Nodeo-Franvier » 30 Dec 2020 13:13

If Kreigmarine merchant fleet operated on coal instead of oil would this alleviate German fuel problem and allow their merchant fleet to undertake more missions?

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Re: If Kreigmarine operated on coal.

Post by thaddeus_c » 18 Jan 2021 02:51

Nodeo-Franvier wrote:
30 Dec 2020 13:13
If Kreigmarine merchant fleet operated on coal instead of oil would this alleviate German fuel problem and allow their merchant fleet to undertake more missions?
merchant fleet usually refers to commercial ships not the warships of the Kriegsmarine, although during wartime they did employ converted commercial ships.

historically the KM did employ a large number of coal-fired vessels, the M-class and some trawler type ships.

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Re: If Kreigmarine operated on coal.

Post by OldBill » 18 Jan 2021 17:55

What kind of missions were you thinking of? Most German merchantmen were in the Baltic, and never went all that far, relatively speaking. Mines and aircraft were the biggest enemies, the type of fuel didn't really affect them.

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