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by Bill Jurens
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1939
Views: 56031

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Regarding the so-called 'silver bullet', and taking it for the purposes of the argument as read that for whatever reasons it is felt desirable to withhold it for now, I cannot on the surface of it see why the general nature of the bullet could not be revealed whilst it's detailed content remains -- ...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...
Replies: 585
Views: 22701

Re: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...

I visited the wreck of Queen Mary some years ago, and made diagrams of the distribution of the wreckage on the bottom, but I did not record the direction of north on the sketches, so I really don't know the orientation of the debris field. McCartney's recent book should cover that, though. One might...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...
Replies: 585
Views: 22701

Re: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...

A few quick comments: The painting is, to put it mildly, highly imaginative. It would be physically impossible for the bow to have been raised in the air that much. Although there are admittedly few (if any) full-scale tests of how battleships might slow down after their sterns have been removed by ...
by Bill Jurens
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...
Replies: 585
Views: 22701

Re: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...

I find it somewhat unlikely that the interpretation of the photo as shown on this thread is correct. First, it seems unlikely to me that the cartridge cases from main battery fire would, in action, be lined up so neatly along the side. My recollection -- which may be incorrect -- is that the empty c...
by Bill Jurens
Tue May 29, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 1746

Re: Bismarck analysis

Although it is true that the condition (and position) of the wreck precludes any definitive examination of the lower hull, there remains some evidence that scuttling charges were fired and that various and sundry hatches and doors were probably left open as the crew abandoned ship. The wreck is nota...
by Bill Jurens
Wed May 16, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 72
Views: 6409

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

It is with some reluctance that I enter this discussion, but feel that at this time some comment might be appropriate, though perhaps not welcomed by all. So far as approaching with "A" arcs open or closed, and based upon the best estimates of the relative courses, positions, and speeds of the vesse...
by Bill Jurens
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: New Book on the Bismarck - December 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1384

Re: New Book on the Bismarck - December 2018

Thank you for the comments. My main area of expertise is technical rather than tactical, so I did not involve myself too deeply in the analysis of various actions, etc., particularly insofar as many details have now been lost or went unrecorded in the first place, leaving a rather convoluted 'Gordia...
by Bill Jurens
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: New Book on the Bismarck - December 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1384

Re: New Book on the Bismarck - December 2018

Just for reference, the announcement itself is correct, except for the Associate Professor of International Relations part. Nobody seems to know exactly where that came from... None of us are professors.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: "Naval History" Magazine, December 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1595

Re: "Naval History" Magazine, December 2017

Mr. Winklareth is the author of a variety of rather bizarre and off-the-wall 'theories', of which this is just the latest. I'm surprised (and somewhat disappointed) that Naval History even printed this article. This sort of editorial blunder is one reason I stopped subscribing to Naval History five ...
by Bill Jurens
Sat May 13, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Yaw deck?
Replies: 12
Views: 2379

Re: Yaw deck?

Billy wrote: "The top deck of American battleships was sometimes officially known as the yaw deck."

I find this an interesting statement. Can you provide a primary source reference for this terminology?

Thanks.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Regarding Hood at DS : a new article
Replies: 11
Views: 3794

Re: Regarding Hood at DS : a new article

I have been in recent contact with Mr. Beurling (a pseudonym) regarding this paper. It is my impression that he has now decided to withdraw the article in order to make some revisions.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction
Replies: 15
Views: 3387

Re: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction

I would characterize 'Killing the Bismarck" as a well-written but technically superficial treatment of the subject, basically only one of the latest in what seems to be a perennial crop of "Bismarck books". It's by no means definitive, just light reading. Whether that suits one or not largely depend...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait hits on HMS PoW
Replies: 99
Views: 10213

Re: Denmark Strait hits on HMS PoW

I would agree with Mr. Saxton's comments.

Bill Jurens
by Bill Jurens
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1
Replies: 521
Views: 28123

Re: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1

Hello Gentlemen: I wonder if some of the confusion may lie in the mixed use of both magnetic and true courses and bearings. The magnetic declination in the areas we are talking about seems to have been in the vicinity of 20 degrees, so the differences could be significant. I suspect that in some rep...
by Bill Jurens
Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: How did so many survive?
Replies: 22
Views: 4182

Re: How did so many survive?

It's worth noting, perhaps, that in many cases the heaviest casualties end up on the UNengaged side. On the engaged side, unless you are hit directly, the incoming round will explode behind you and it's the poor fellows on the other side of the ship that catch most of the resultant fragments of proj...