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by paul.mercer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 39
Views: 400

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Thanks again to everyone for their input, I suspect that unless Tirpitz was caught unawares like Scharnhorst, that the presence of a 'heavy unit' either accompanying or close to a convoy would probably be enough for her to not engage unless Hitler or Donitz had specifically ordered her CO that she m...
by paul.mercer
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 39
Views: 400

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Gentlemen, We seem to have gone a little off track here, Given that there was not a huge difference in overall weight between the two, (using either Anson or Howe) and Tirpitz my original question was basically if they had gone head to head - both with fully working guns,radar, experienced crew and...
by paul.mercer
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 39
Views: 400

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Gentlemen, We seem to have gone a little off track here, Given that there was not a huge difference in overall weight between the two, (using either Anson or Howe) and Tirpitz my original question was basically if they had gone head to head - both with fully working guns,radar, experienced crew and ...
by paul.mercer
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 39
Views: 400

Anson and Tirpitz

Gentlemen, I have taken a post from Alecsandros in the Bismark & Tirpitz myth and planted it here (hope you don't mind Alecsandros). 'KGV displaced 37500 tons standard and Bismarck 41700 tons standard. Yes, Bismarck was heavier , but not in the proportion usually considered. Tirpitz weighed 44200 to...
by paul.mercer
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung
Replies: 278
Views: 22735

Re: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung

Hello everybody, well, ... we have just learned that the KG V class battleships have never been really completed, ... not having had in their service life the quadruple turrets and relative gun loading mechanisms working at an acceptable reliability level, ... :shock: Neither KGV nor PoW had a chan...
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and Tirpitz a myth?
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Bismarck and Tirpitz a myth?

Gentlemen, I’m going to put my hand in the fire here (actually both hands!) and ask a question which may outrage some of you, but here goes! Do you think that ever since the Denmark Strait battle a myth about the power and almost invincibility of both Bismarck and Tirpitz has grown up around these t...
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung
Replies: 278
Views: 22735

Re: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung

Gentlemen,
As always, many thanks for taking time to answer my questions, as for the rest of the debate, I'm not sure we are going to get any firm conclusions on this one either! But thanks again for your replies.
Paul
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung
Replies: 278
Views: 22735

Re: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung

Gentlemen, Please forgive my interruption to your debate, but perhaps you could clear up a couple of points for me. First of all, are some people saying that Y turret did not jam at all? If so, how could anyone in the RN get away with saying they did when there were so many witnesses on the ship, no...
by paul.mercer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung
Replies: 278
Views: 22735

Re: KGV and PoW GAR during Op. Rheinubung

Gentlemen, In an earlier post I asked if this 'failure to fire' was common amongst WW2 ships, and apparently it was. What still puzzles me is what is the reason for these failures (PoW we know about) For instance, is it a failure of continuous supply of cordite and shell, a mistake or mishandling by...
by paul.mercer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV + PoW
Replies: 104
Views: 2988

Re: KGV + PoW

Thanks pgolin,
I think that this answers my question if we substitute Bismarck for Tirpitz.
by paul.mercer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV + PoW
Replies: 104
Views: 2988

Re: KGV + PoW

Gentlemen, My apologies, you are quite right in posting "Detailed discussions about KG V fire rates based on real records belong on the appropriate thread. Fanciful speculations about what might have happened had two KG Vs encountered a Bismarck belong in the hypothetical thread". I'm afraid this di...
by paul.mercer
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV + PoW
Replies: 104
Views: 2988

Re: KGV + PoW

Many thanks for the additional info to you both Alberto and Antonio. Poor old RN, why could they not have stuck with a proven design with heavier armour and with the usual but up-rated 8x15" or even 8x16" and increased power for 30 knots instead of messing about with quad 14" ships? The UK must have...
by paul.mercer
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV + PoW
Replies: 104
Views: 2988

Re: KGV + PoW

Hi pgolin, (quote) Nelson and Rodney were perfectly acceptable to fight Tirpitz (if Tirpitz would accept battle). The modified QEs were at a disadvantage but would need to fight at angles, and Renown the same but more so. Could you explain to a non naval warfare expert chap like me what you mean by ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV + PoW
Replies: 104
Views: 2988

Re: KGV + PoW

Hello everybody, @ Paul Mercer, this is a very interesting question and historically we do have already the answer to it provided by the real history. Probably you do know that I am writing with Robert Gehringer the story of the Tirpitz on 5 books, out of which 4 have been already published. http:/...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGV + PoW
Replies: 104
Views: 2988

KGV + PoW

Gentlemen,
Forgive me if this question has been answered before, but as I understand it Hood, PoW and KGV were all a Scapa Flow when news of Bismarck's sortie,
had they sent KGV and PoW instead of Hood, would they have 'taken care' of Bismarck and PE?