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I'm reading an awesome book right now (Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign, 1941-1945, by Evan Thomas), and came upon a paragraph I thought you guys would appreciate. It's a description of the Iowa-class battleship New Jersey...

"...the New Jersey could throw nine tons of munitions almost fifteen miles in a single broadside. The recoil from its main battery pushed the 45,000-ton ship ten feet sideways. The concussion, one gunnery officer recalled, was 'rather like being hit by a slow truck wrapped in a sofa.'"
 

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Did some temporary duty in a radio hut in Bien Hoa, we couldn't get naval fire support unless we had a clear grid for them to shoot at. (That's 1,000 square meters).

Not that they couldn't hit it, but them puppies do some serious damage... [8D]

Too many stories about "FRIENDLY FIRE" [xx(]
 
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