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by paul.mercer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Military Historical Dates
Replies: 551
Views: 58224

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January 11th: Somebody knows why was this? 1879 - The Anglo-Zulu War begins. :think: Because Lord Chelmsford decided to annexe the Zulu territory for Queen Victoria, using as an excuse alleged misrule by the Zulu Chief Cetswayo. His reward was the battle at Ishandwana. January 22nd 1879, One of, if...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck construction flaws
Replies: 366
Views: 75887

Re: Bismarck construction flaws

Gentlemen, Re the stern of Bismarck detaching, did this not also occur on one or two German cruisers, if so, was there a design fault with the German engineering? Also, has it ever been determined as to why the stern broke away as it was described as being 'well armoured' in another post. I have oft...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: SEASON'S GREETINGS!
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: SEASON'S GREETINGS!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year, may we have many interesting debates!
Paul
by paul.mercer
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate
Replies: 19
Views: 1028

Re: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate

Gentlemen, ........., one has to only recall the number of times the twins retreated rather than take on even an elderly RN battleship. Perhaps they might be called battlecruisers, but maybe they should be just classed as 'Light battleships' due to the size of their guns and armour. ......... This ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate
Replies: 19
Views: 1028

Re: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate

Gentlemen, This is a very interesting thread, however, I still remain puzzled over why the Alaska's and the twins were built in the first place. As has been pointed out on many occasions the twins fell into a bracket where they were powerful enough to see off a number of 8" cruisers at the same...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 969
Views: 20986

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, I believe that Rodney also had a Captain Coppinger on board who was getting a lift to the States to pick up his ship during the final battle. As a full Captain He may well have had some part in the discussions that took place on board before and after the battle, i wonder if he left any n...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: German machine guns
Replies: 1
Views: 101

German machine guns

Gentlemen,
What was the difference between the German MG 34 and the MG 42?
by paul.mercer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 1223

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

How about 2 8x8" cruisers like Norfolk and Suffolk working together, would they be enough to subdue one of them? In many situations, yes, but I wouldn't risk saying in the majority of happenings. The weather would play the key role, and AGS would have the upper hand in good weather and visibil...
by paul.mercer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 1223

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

This is especially important since German Intel were reading merchant codes through 1943. The convoy pattern had been deduced by mid 1941 with signals intercepts through early 1944 , about 1/2 of all N. Atlantic convoys were detected . Only 1/4 of these convoys were attacked due to lack of assets [...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 758

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Gentlemen, At North Cape Scharnhorst was alone and surrounded by hostile forces and had her forward radar knocked out by a shell from Norfolk. If she had been armed with 3x15" turrets -as I believe was once proposed and had all her radars intact, would she have been able to put up an even bett...
by paul.mercer
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 758

A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Gentlemen, At North Cape Scharnhorst was alone and surrounded by hostile forces and had her forward radar knocked out by a shell from Norfolk. If she had been armed with 3x15" turrets -as I believe was once proposed and had all her radars intact, would she have been able to put up an even bette...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: POW exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: POW exchange

Unlikely. That character had been involved in previous escape attempts and in the eyes of the Germans was a ''troublemaker.'' He would have far more likely to have murdered by the Gestapo or SS than be set free. ''No military threat'' means not only incapable of fighting but also incapable of helpi...
by paul.mercer
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: POW exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: POW exchange

Thanks for that.
I suppose that if all the characters in the 'Great Escape' had been real the forger who went blind (Donald Pleasance) would have been exchanged and had no need to escape.
by paul.mercer
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: POW exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: POW exchange

RF wrote:There were all manner of POW exchanges during WW2.

In some instances it provided valuable intelligence, as did some successful POW escapes.


But how were they actually transferred, by ship or plane or both?
by paul.mercer
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 1223

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

The Panzerchiffes offered substantial advantages over the Hipper class (long range, devastating armament that could destroy any contemporary 8" heavy cruiser before the heavy cruiser entered effective own gun range, far more reliable machinery, etc). This was the reason why Graf SPee, Scheer, L...

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