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by paul.mercer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2196
Views: 73650

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hi Alberto, Many thanks for your usual courteous reply to my questions although I’m afraid you did not really address my points on the RN on this occasion. Re your comparison to Adml Troubridge, Wake-Walker when Capt of the Cruiser Dragon also faced and lost a sort of CM in the Exchequer Court of Ca...
by paul.mercer
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2196
Views: 73650

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, While not wanting to get ‘sucked in’ by the ongoing controversy of whether a Court Martial was suggested or should or should not have taken place, it might be worthwhile looking at the records of both Capt Leach and Adm Wake-Walker. Both joined the RN in the early 1900’s and given that in...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2196
Views: 73650

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, I see the debate is not diminishing! Perhaps someone could take time to answer this for me. If an officer, private or seaman heard or suspected that charges of anything from neglect of duty to cowardice are being prepared or even talked about do they not have a right under the articles of...
by paul.mercer
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raise Bismarck
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Raise Bismarck

Absolutely not!
She, like Hood, Scharnhorst and many other ships are war graves, where brave men from all sides died fighting for their country.
Anyway, can you even begin to think of the logistics of raising whats left of a 52000 ton ship from 15000 feet in the unpredictable Atlantic?
No Chance!
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: King George V vs. Rodney
Replies: 33
Views: 4609

Re: King George V vs. Rodney

Gentlemen, Have we not had a similar debate re Rodney v Bismarck and the general impression was almost the same as this, especially re Bismarck/KGV being faster and with the end result of both ships beating hell out of each other and retiring without a clear winner? PS, Rightly or wrongly I'd still ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2196
Views: 73650

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hi HMSVF, I'm sorry that, due to the RN hooligans coming in each time to provoke and to insult, I have used "hostile" words: however, they are hostile and they fully deserve them (and worse). I think we have presented several evidences that show what the Court Martial threat was about. You are free...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2196
Views: 73650

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, I have read through this debate and while I have no wish to enter the fray on a regular basis this is now approaching a record number of posts seemingly without sight of any end, so may I make a few observations and then withdraw? It seems that the debate is mainly split into several subj...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck Crewmember Research
Topic: Peter Mullers knife
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Re: Peter Mullers knife

themayneman wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:44 pm
Yes I would have thought so Paul, I can't seem to find anything else online :-(
Anyone else have any ideas?
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: What happened?
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

Re: What happened?

Perhaps they are fed up with the increasingly antagonistic approach by some and the seemingly never ending arguments over details that cannot be definitely proved after 70+ years. Surely we can come up with some new topics between us?
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck Crewmember Research
Topic: Peter Mullers knife
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Re: Peter Mullers knife

Thanks Gary,
Presumably the German Government might have some records?
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck Crewmember Research
Topic: Peter Mullers knife
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Peter Mullers knife

Gentlemen, On the BBC's Antiques Road Show tonight (17th June) a jack knife and retaining cord belonging to a Peter Muller was presented on the show, apparently the owners grandfather was a seaman on the Dorsetshire who helped to rescue survivors from the Bismarck and Peter Muller was among them and...
by paul.mercer
Thu May 31, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: RN 16" guns
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

RN 16" guns

Gentlemen, I believe that both Nelson and Rodney experiences problems with their guns at one time or another, was this the gun itself or was it the triple gun arrangement in the turret. If so, I have often wondered why multiple guns in turrets (i.e. more than two) gave so much trouble as I also beli...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 28, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 3860

Re: Bismarck analysis

Gentlemen, Many thanks for all your replies (and for not 'blowing me out of the water for my post!). However, tow of my questions remain unanswered, 1) If Bismarck is buried up to her waterline how can they tell if she was scuttled -other than German reports and (2 Was Rodney firing full 9 gun broad...
by paul.mercer
Sat May 26, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 3860

Re: Bismarck analysis

Thanks for that, I was under the impression that the article that I was quoting from was something fairly recent based on the last exploration of Bismarck wreck, even if it was a few years ago and that it possibly might change a few opinions on Bismarck herself and her final battle as well as perhap...
by paul.mercer
Fri May 25, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 3860

Bismarck analysis

Gentlemen, I wasn’t sure where to place this so started another topic, First of all my thanks to Wadinga for pointing me at the analysis of Bismarck, her development and final battle, I found it fascinating and if I may say so answers many of the points that have been made about her in this Forum. B...