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by paul.mercer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 40
Views: 602

Re: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)

Hi Sean, it's published (and already constructively and productively discussed with Paul and Dave) here ( http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8244#p77033 ), at my expenses, if you don't mind reading before posting your nonsense...... :negative: Everybody should be able to read ab...
by paul.mercer
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 29
Views: 357

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

Hello Paul, [ If you are interested in reading more about Dalrymple-Hamilton, and Rodney's part in the Bismarck chase, download Wellings' book at https://archive.org/stream/onhismajestysser00well#page/n1/mode/2up) . All the best wadinga HI Wadinga, Many thanks for that link it is a fascinating acco...
by paul.mercer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 29
Views: 357

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

Hello Paul, Excellent. A reasoned debate. Yes Rodney would definitely have a difficult time, unless directly between Bismarck and her objective, safety. But even then an interior line would push Bismarck north or south and giving Tovey more time. Do you think Phillips was unfair as I do? He neglect...
by paul.mercer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The KGV and Adm fuel signals on May 26 and 27.
Replies: 184
Views: 2198

Re: The KGV and Adm fuel signals on May 26 and 27.

Signals are recorded by every ship that that intercepts the radio transmission. Dozens of ships and even RCN radio stations in Canada would have recorded a message ordering "...KGV to pursue Bismarck to the shores of France..." or words to that effect, yet the only source for it is Tovey'...
by paul.mercer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 29
Views: 357

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

Gentlemen, Re Rodney intercepting Bismarck on her way to Brest, surely Lutjens, if he had seen Rodney coming over the horizon and having an already damaged ship would just have put on all speed and left poor old Rodney staggering after her at 22 knots max speed, what would be the point in engaging a...
by paul.mercer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Recommendation of Victoria Cross.
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Recommendation of Victoria Cross.

Gentlemen,
Is it true that the captain of the destroyer that fought and then rammed Hipper was awarded the VC after the war by recomendation from the German Admiral on Hipper?
by paul.mercer
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen

The Admiral Hipper class exhibited good long-range gunnery for a cruiser, and scored hits at somewhat longer range than Inflexible's updated mounts (with 16° elevation) were physically capable of. She also has enough of a speed advantage to control the range. Not that the Germans were encouraged to...
by paul.mercer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2155

Re: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?

Gentlemen, Forgive my intervention, but it seems that we have three threads going on almost the same subjects and in some cases regrettably getting rather heated on some occasions particularly on what was said or written at the time and after. I’m afraid I do not have your knowledge and expertise to...
by paul.mercer
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1050
Views: 22464

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Paul Mercer wrote: "Why would they want to Court Martial Captain Leach, surely he was under the command of Admiral Wake-Walker.....?" Hi Paul, absolutely correct. In his analysis Roskill linked two different "aspects" that needed "explanations" using (correctly IMO, no...
by paul.mercer
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1050
Views: 22464

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen,
Another question I'm afraid!
Why would they want to Court Martial Captain Leach, surely he was under the command of Admiral Wake-Walker and had to do as he was ordered even if he disagreed with it?
by paul.mercer
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2155

Re: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?

Gentlemen, I have been following this debate as best I can, but regrettably do not have the depth of knowledge and experience of most of the participants to keep up with the technical bits, therefore I would be grateful if you would not savage me too much! What puzzles me over the whole matter of wh...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Military Historical Dates
Replies: 551
Views: 58424

Re:

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: 76523

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: 177

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: 1091

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 ...

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