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by paul.mercer
Wed May 16, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 71
Views: 2701

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

Hello All, NEW INFORMATION Now we move on to two new 1941 documents, a friendly letter to the First Sea Lord and his friendly reply including the phrase recently presented out of context. These documents are Crown copyright. Notice that there is not the slightest suggestion that the shadowing discu...
by paul.mercer
Fri May 04, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Kongo Class: Fast Battleship or Battlecruiser
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Kongo Class: Fast Battleship or Battlecruiser

Hi there, A most interesting post, I hope that our resident experts will reply in kind. One small point you said @Sleek. Fast. Powerful. The main reason why Iowa was ever created. And most importantly: waifu material. These descriptions all refer to one of Japan’s most famous class of warships: The ...
by paul.mercer
Fri May 04, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1427
Views: 36078

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hello Paul M, Unfortunately for your noble, if IMHO misguided, attempt to peaceably resolve matters: we should call time on it before we fall out completely over something that is unlikely to be resolved to everybody's satisfaction? there is no win/win solution available here. In fact, one side has...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1427
Views: 36078

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, Oh dear, I'm sorry to see the fragile peace has been broken, are we going to subject each other to more of this 'Merry -go-Round' of arguments? It is quite obvious that everyone has fixed opinions on this debate and they are unlikely to ever change them whatever evidence is put forward. I...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria
Replies: 13
Views: 2585

Re: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria

Gentlemen,
Much has been said in other posts about the amount of 'dispersion' from the Italian Battleships guns, but it would seem that if two shells landed 'very close' to Warspite at the same range that Warspite hit, their gunnery cannot have been that bad!
Or was it a couple of lucky shots?
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Crossing the T
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Crossing the T

Gentlemen, I'm not sure if this is the right place for this post. I understand (rightly or wrongly) that in Naval warfare crossing the T meant a ship or ships crossing in front of an oncoming enemy and exposing them to a full broadside when the enemy can only reply with their forward guns, I also be...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1427
Views: 36078

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, We are now almost up to number 86 in this debate and no-one shows any sign of winning or backing down, I enjoy leaning from your knowledge as I'm sure that we all benefit from each other, but recently the posts appear to be getting more and more hostile and are starting to go around in ci...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: WW2 fighter aircraft wings
Replies: 3
Views: 699

WW2 fighter aircraft wings

Gentlemen, As you know the Spitfire was built with what I believe were called elliptical wings, whereas almost all fighter aircraft on all sides had conventional rounded wingtips and even the last Spitfires has the end of their wings 'clipped', was this an admission that the original design was not ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1427
Views: 36078

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Thanks again Wadinga, I'm sorry if I gave you the impression that i found this discussion tedious, I don't, in fact the more I read the more impressed I become of the knowledge displayed by all the participants, but it does seem that sometime we have very nearly the same debates almost crossing each...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 71
Views: 2701

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

Thanks Wadinga I have moved it to the correct thread. Re your question, given the hierarchical nature of the RN at the time I think it is quite extraordinary that a fairly junior officer should contact an Admiral and criticize a senior officer even if it might have been sent via the ever higher rank...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: renown and Rodney v Bismarck in the final battle
Replies: 3
Views: 519

renown and Rodney v Bismarck in the final battle

Gentlemen, In the letter from (see critisism of tactics thread) Phillips mentions the possibility of Rodney joining up with Renown, even though Renown had be told to keep clear unless Bismarck was heavily engaged through fear of another 'Hood disaster. If they had joined up would that combination be...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1427
Views: 36078

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, As ever your breadth of Knowledge on naval affairs and the Bismarck event in particular is fantastic, of course there will always be subjects that even the best experts will fail to agree about and I fear that this is one of them. We are now heading towards 80 posts on this particular sub...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 71
Views: 2701

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

Hello All, Attached is the only criticism of tactics by VCNS Tom Phillips which I found in my initial study of ADM 205/10. VCNS comments on Tovey's Report and considers Dalrymple-Hamilton should not be favourably mentioned in any communique or be considered for awards https://i.imgur.com/41Dbsb9.gi...
by paul.mercer
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: German battleship torpedoed by Italian sub
Replies: 6
Views: 1158

Re: German battleship torpedoed by Italian sub

Gentlemen,
Many thanks for your replies, two battleships sunk by an over-sized motor boat - makes you think!
by paul.mercer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: German battleship torpedoed by Italian sub
Replies: 6
Views: 1158

German battleship torpedoed by Italian sub

Gentlemen,
Just watched a program called WW1 in colour and it showed a German Battleship with triple guns in her turrets turning over after being torpedoed by an Italian sub, what ship was this and what calibre guns did she have, did Germany invent the 3 gun turret?

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