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by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: Cutlass or Hanger?
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Cutlass or Hanger?

Gentlemen,
This may be a bit later than 1860, but in 'Nelsonian' days when boarding ships was in vogue the crew were often issued with 'Hanger', so what is the difference between that and a Cutlass - is it that one is curved and the other straight?
by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 2
Views: 33

WW1 battleships

Gentlemen,
looking at old films of WWI RN battleships they all seem to have diagonal 'strakes' down each side, what were these for?
by paul.mercer
Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: fusing shells
Replies: 1
Views: 277

fusing shells

Gentlemen, How were shells kept in the shell rooms of ships? I understand that they would have been kept in holders or containers until they were moved to the lift to the turret, but were they all kept ready fused or were the fuses inserted before the went up? What puzzles me is that some ships like...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: flashless cordite
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

Re: flashless cordite

Thanks once again Byron,
I would think playing around with nitro glycerin during manufacture must have been a hazardous procedure. Anyway the point you made about the use in the largest calibre being 6" explains why Norfolk got clobbered.
Thanks again to all who replied.
by paul.mercer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: flashless cordite
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

flashless cordite

Gentlemen, I'm sure that I read somewhere that in the opening battle of North Cape Scharnhorst was surprised by HM ships Belfast,Sheffield and Norfolk who opened fire on her, but it was Norfolk who got hit by return fire because she was not using 'Flash-less Cordite' which enabled Sharnhorst's gunne...
by paul.mercer
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Titanic Probabilities
Replies: 11
Views: 1040

Re: Titanic Probabilities

Gentlemen, I often wonder how many people died from the shock of jumping off the ship into ice cold water, also, I presume that the final scenes in the 'Titanic' film showed people frozen to death and still clinging on to a piece of wood was probably pretty close to what actually happened as they wo...
by paul.mercer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Re: Tanks

OpanaPointer wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:46 am
Unmanned drone tanks, AFVs, etc. are being considered. Not macho enough for the old school, I think.
No doubt!
When submarines were first introduced they were apparently described as 'a thoroughly Un English weapon!
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Re: Tanks

Thanks Byron, I presume this would also apply to the King Tiger? My other question is abut the usefulness of tanks today, of course in WW1 they scared the hell out of the Germans and in WW2 at the start the Germans scared the hell out of everyone else, but later on both sides the tanks were suscepti...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 8
Views: 2290

Tanks

Gentlemen, I regret that i am going to pick your brains again. I was watching a program called 'Combat Dealers' where a chap and his team buy and restore WW2 arms and vehicles. During one foray in France he went to a museum which has one of the last working 'King Tiger' tanks - all 70 tons of it! Al...
by paul.mercer
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: WW2 fighter aircraft wings
Replies: 14
Views: 6520

Re: WW2 fighter aircraft wings

Gentlemen, Once again, many thanks for all your replies. I watched a program the other day about the development of the Spitfire and it concluded that the later griffon engined ones were almost a completely different aircraft to the earlier ones. I also believe that the Griffon engine turned in a di...
by paul.mercer
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu and Jean Bart
Replies: 49
Views: 5765

Re: Richelieu and Jean Bart

Gentlemen, you stated, In 1948, when delay coils were installed, maximum dispersion at 25 km was reduced from 1710 meters (6.84%) to 577 meters (2.31%) - although I'm not sure if these numbers refer to a full turret salvo, a full eight-gun broadside, or something else. Forgive my ignorance in this, ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu and Jean Bart
Replies: 49
Views: 5765

Richelieu and Jean Bart

Gentlemen.
In another thread (PoW+KGV v Bismarck) mention was made regarding the weights of the French battleships Richelieu and Jean Bart, just how formidable were these ships if either had to be matched against Bismarck, or if the Germans has seized them, against any of the RN battleships?
by paul.mercer
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 284
Views: 13936

Re: Hits on PoW and Bismarck

In his post of Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:35 pm, Mr. Mercer made a request that further discussions in response to his initial question be terminated. Insofar as he began the thread, I will respect his (quite reasonable) request, and defer from further commentary. I might summarize before withdrawal. With...
by paul.mercer
Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 284
Views: 13936

Re: Hits on PoW and Bismarck

Hello everybody, back is the defeated troll with his last favorite topic: captions.... instead of answering points mathematically demonstrating he is wrong . :kaput: http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8329&start=210#p81086 Why nobody is willing to (very politely and softly :wink:) e...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements
Replies: 19
Views: 2759

Re: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements

Paul, Would your arguments alter if the Scharnhorst's operated as a pair as they did before the North Cape foray, with the 38 cm installed for Operation Berlin? Hi RF, Absolutely, the two twins together armed with 6x15" would have been more than a match for any RN ship and possibly any other ships ...