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by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling

If the case in question is definitely proven and not just a story made up by the survivors of the tanker, then it is totally unacceptable to open fire on a boat that has survivors aboard,this was proven by the conviction for murder of one or two U boat captains after WW2, I believe that this sort of...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turrets
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Turrets

Hi Paul, I recommend that you obtain a copy of "The Big Gun - Battleship Main Armament 1860-1945" by Peter Hodges. Both the 16in triples of the Nelson Class and the 14in quad turrets of the KGV Class shared certain distinguishing characteristics. [ 1 ] Both designs were prodigiously heavy ( 2x the ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turrets
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Turrets

Gentlemen, While not wanting to reopen the debate about the foibles of the 14” guns on the KGV’s I wonder why that compared with the tried and trusted twin 15” the triple and quad turrets gave so much trouble? It has been reported else ware that the ‘Nelsons’ initially had problems with their triple...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 1653

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, Re the 'shell casings, were 8" shells complete with brass cases (like a bullet) or were they a shell plus cordite bags? If they are the latter, would the 'casings' be what I believe were sometimes referred to as 'Clarkson cases'? The KM used a brass case for the main propellant charge bu...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Lion class battleships
Replies: 1
Views: 182

Lion class battleships

Gentlemen,
Were the proposed RN Lion class battleships compatible with the US Iowa's in strength and firepower?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 1653

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen,
Re the 'shell casings, were 8" shells complete with brass cases (like a bullet) or were they a shell plus cordite bags? If they are the latter, would the 'casings' be what I believe were sometimes referred to as 'Clarkson cases'?
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 7116

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, This topic is going the same way as 'PoW's readiness for active service' and other topics before it, Is it not time to shut this one down as well as we appear to be going in circles without any definite points being made and no definite conclusions arrived at with only increasingly hostil...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 7116

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Hi Paul, you wrote: "I find it difficult to believe that two people were 'sleeping' during the battle..." of course I was joking and underlining the fantasies I have read recently on this forum... Please see examples here (http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8556&start=285#p84182) an...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 7116

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Hi Alberto, You wrote: . even that the decoration to Schneider was given postumously, as a hit from PoW had killed him, forcing the local control because Albrecht and the Baron were sleeping during the battle (a pity that no German account speak about such facts, that the Baron would have surely bee...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 7116

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Hello everybody, Paul Mercer wrote: "I hope and trust that this post will kill any further comments on the decision by Capt Leach to withdraw once and for all." Hi Paul, unfortunately my answer to the "post" has been deleted... No, I'm afraid this will not, as the effective output of PoW in terms o...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 7116

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, It has been said: The output problems (25% output loss) vs 15% of PG and (most likely 14% of Bismarck) Accepting for a moment the guesstimate value for Bismarck and the principle of entropy within mechanical systems, if PoW achieved 25% failure with only 55 shells, Bismarck ach...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The battle for Saipan
Replies: 2
Views: 164

The battle for Saipan

Gentlemen, On one of the 'Freeview' TV programs last week it featured the US attack on Saipan and the Japanese attack on their ships by Kamakasi aircraft in which a US battleship (Washington or South Dakota I think?) was hit, while there is plenty of evidence of the damage caused to US carriers beca...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 67
Views: 1694

Re: Matapan

Gentlemen,
A quick question, I thought that QE herself was part of the Mediterranean fleet, where was she when Cunningham set sail?
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Draining the ocean -Yamato
Replies: 0
Views: 155

Draining the ocean -Yamato

On TV the other day was another 'Draining the Ocean' program which included the finding of the remains of Yamato, they also produced what was a picture of the remains, the ship is upside down with her bow completely separated and facing the other way from the rest of the ship, which appears to have ...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 7116

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

"That is if her personnel and equipment had been as good as Cunningham's revitalised antiques at Matapan". Ooh, that's a it unkind, (but no doubt true, I'm a it of QE fan as my dad served in one), I would guess that the three ships at Matapan were thoroughly worked up with an experienced crew and of...