Communist China

As this infographic using Global Energy Monitor data shows, Red China has been especially active in Indonesia where $15,671 million worth of coal power projects have been financed, equating to total plant capacity of 9,724 megawatts.


What If

Could the USS Texas have participated in the Battle of Jutland? If she was in England? What would the political implications have been? Would she have the speed, the armor, the guns to be effective in the line?

USS Texas was comparable to most of the battleships and battlecruisers of the German High Seas Fleet. Her crew had won several marksmanship awards the previous year so they were some of the most accurate of the fleet. Her 14-inch guns would easily pierce the armor of the German battlecruisers and a lot of their battleships. The German’s strategy at the time was about delivering a higher rate of fire accurately with smaller rounds. That strategy changed after this battle when it became clear it did not equate to sinking more of the enemy ships.

However, like all US Dreadnoughts, Texas was slower than the Germans and British. Their average top speed was about 25-26 knots compared to her 21 knots. This could hinder her since the Germans were in the position to choose the range at Jutland.

The US was neutral and isolationist at the time. The US Navy kept most (if not all) of its fleet in home waters. Most of the population really didn’t give WWI much though at the beginning, seeing it as just another war the Europeans were fighting.

The major reason the US did eventually join was to insure the Triple Entente (ie England, France, and Russia) were able to repay their war debts to the US. The sinking of Lusitania was used an excuse by the US government to get involved.


If the US fleet had been with the British Navy at the time, the US would have joined the war and not remained neutral. Texas and the US BatDiv would have sortied with the British Fleet as it did in 1918.


If she was in a British port and the US was still neutral, I doubt she would have joined them. Being neutral, she would not engage in any fleet action. Likely she would not have remained in their ports for long.




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  1. The thing was that the Germans were right about the Lusitania.

    It was transporting munitions.

    The Hitler(History) Channel had a show where drivers brought up artillery shells and fuses out of the hold of the Lusitania.

    Since then, I have read that it was a tactic that British use passenger ships to move munitions during WWI.

  2. Interesting. Somebody has the sling on the M1 rigged up for use as something besides a carrying strap.

      • Yeah. You want the clamp-thing turned around that way so it doesn’t dig into your wrist when you’re slung up in prone or sitting.

  3. China needs to get into wind and solar…that’ll slow ‘em down. Start around Wuhan, black outs might put a halt to GoF work from Fauci and his Mengele crew.

    Ammo cans are great, need to stock up on a few…..dozen.

  4. I was a sub guy who had a SWO roommate in nuclear power school. I think he had the best “what if” ever- take the Missouri, yank out the boilers, and throw in a couple of D1G or A1W plants which would turn your BB into a BBN. Sail that nuclear battleship up and down the coast shooting the 16″ guns. THAT would have been pretty cool if someone had done it. Maybe not all that useful, but ultimate neat-o.

    Maybe it’s one of those “you just had to be there things”. They didn’t let the nucs out very much.

      • I heard it was like an earthquake.

        My Dad told me stories of the big guns slugging it out in The Slot around Guadalcanal while they watched from shore. Light up the sky like lightning in a Summer Thunderstorm, and then some time later the sound would come rolling across the water to them.

        He said he couldn’t even to begin to imagine what it was like on the receiving end…..

        • It’s like meteors crashing to Earth. Maybe not so large that they kill the dinosaurs, but — damned near.

      • All of this post is interesting. Thanks! ‘On December 14, 1983, USS New Jersey was finally allowed to retaliate – the first 16-inch shells fired in anger since her service in Vietnam in 1969. She fired eleven 16-inch shells 16-18 miles into Lebanon.” Source:

      • Larry, if you were anywhere near on this day, how can a civy like me percieve it? Was it like earthquake, fireworks, or mega thunderstorm? “USS New Jersey better showed what she could do on February 8, 1984, when she carried out the heaviest shore bombardment since the Korean War. Her main battery sent 288 16-inch rounds 15 miles inland, silencing artillery positions shelling Beirut, and killing the general commanding Syrian forces in Lebanon.” Same source as previous comment.

  5. Great picks on the firearms, I have liked the BAR in particular for a lot of years. Where is the nearest men’s Tupperware party?

  6. Back in ’90s I worked my way through school working night shift at different nursing homes. I met some interesting people along with the usual run of dementia patients. One was a retired Navy chief who lied about his age to enlist when the US entered WWI. He served on the USS Texas when it was deployed with the Grand Fleet. Claude was not impressed with Scapa Flow, to say the least. He retired at Cavite and ran a bar. He returned to the states in 1941 when he thought war was imminent and thought it would go badly for the PI. The peacetime island mentality would not get shook off fast enough. He was right about that.

    Another gentleman was the last surviving naval aviator of WWI. He was 102 in 2000, and flew ASW patrols over the Channel and North Sea. One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I wish I’d made some notes at the time.

  7. If you are northbound on US95 from Las Vegas there is a little town called Beatty, NV .
    There is a guy selling all sorts of ammo cans and shipping crates at he roadside. His spot is just after the stop sign where you make the right.

  8. The Brits only had 6 battleships at Jutland that exceeded 21 knots – the 4 brand new Queen Elizabeths, Canada and Agincourt.

    Texas would have kept up just fine.


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