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by Bill Jurens
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

The adjective which Mr. Virtuani found potentially offensive has been redacted. Clearly, based on recent postings concerning my own behaviour, I have -- or am expected to have -- considerably thicker skin... Unless I am over-ruled by Mr. Rico, it is our policy that ALL participants are welcome (and ...
by Bill Jurens
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Longer-term readers of this forum will recall that we tried a similar sort of 'micro' approach to solving the Denmark Strait problem a few months ago, trying to decide upon the lengths and bearings of various 'legs' of the track chart, employing fairly standard techniques that surveyors might use to...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

In most cases, excluding the possibility of "indeterminate" and insisting on a binary "yes' or "no" response simply renders the entire exercise futile. If any 'avoidance' is going on, one must consider the possibility that it's not so much that the people who are indeterminate are trying to avoid su...
by Bill Jurens
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

I will make only a few brief observations and comments. 1) The format of requiring a "yes or no" response can be productive if properly done, but is very difficult to control. In the courtroom, a series of questions along these lines is often disallowed by a judge as 'leading the witness', i.e. repr...
by Bill Jurens
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Judging by what we do know with reasonable certainty regarding the timing and geometry of the action, I would say that it appears likely that the still photo precedes most or all of the film sequences. Provided that the photo can be relied upon, i.e. excluding retouching. For example, it would be ea...
by Bill Jurens
Sat Jul 06, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

The image is of very poor quality, probably originates from a screened original, and has certainly been adapted again for screen presentation on the internet, and for various and sundry reasons quite possibly retouched as well, rendering its utility as an analytical source -- at least in the absence...
by Bill Jurens
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

O.K. If we assume that the objects in question ARE actually shell casings, it would seem reasonable to assume that Prinz Eugen had opened fire before the photo was taken.

Bill Jurens.
by Bill Jurens
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

insofar as I don't actually see any shell casings, my first answer would probably be 'no'.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 8144

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Insofar as I believe all participants have now had an ample opportunity to provide 'closing statements', I am now declaring this thread formally closed and requesting that further commentary be either addressed on a new thread, or that additional commentary on this thread be restricted to the discus...
by Bill Jurens
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 2374

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Taken as it is, and out of context, the documentary evidence would suggest the 0555 figure might be said to represent a reasonable approximation, so I would be willing to say 'yes'.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 8144

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

My thanks to those who have offered suggestions, etc. Often (one might say, usually) the best way to lead is to listen. I would agree that there is essentially zero probability of the opposing viewpoints, one -- at least by my reading -- being that a fairly definitive history has already been create...
by Bill Jurens
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 8144

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

I was away from the computer on a brief vacation over the past few days, so have let daily commentary and moderation slip. This happens from time to time. Having skimmed the previous few day's submissions, although I would say that many comments approached the line of acceptability, none of the infr...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...
Replies: 596
Views: 49099

Re: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...

This sort of situation -- i.e. confirmation bias -- is exacerbated when some sort of cover-up conspiracy is postulated. All evidence which fits the desired theory can then be taken as reliable and indicative, whereas any contradictory evidence can be easily dismissed as constituting part of the atte...
by Bill Jurens
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 8144

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

I would say that Dunmurno's suggested algorithms are essentially correct, at least in principle. If one halves the target area and halves the number of projectiles fired, one might reasonably expect the number of hits to be reduced by the product of these figures, i.e. 0.5 * 0.5 = 0.25. In terms of ...
by Bill Jurens
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 8144

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Mr. Virtuani wrote: "Hello everybody, I see no critic is accepted by this "moderator" who consider them "inappropriate"... I just respectfully suggest him to read back again what others have posted before redacting only my posts... Bye, Alberto" This is fair commentary. The complete deletion of adja...