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by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Re: Hits on PoW and Bismarck

Gentlemen, In the picture shown earlier of the exit hole in Bismarck's bow, the caption underneath says it is approx 6.5 feet in diameter, if PoW's shell did not explode surely the hole would only be around 14" or so, or might it have turned and come out sideways to cause so big a hole? If that is ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Re: Hits on PoW and Bismarck

Gentlemen, In the picture shown earlier of the exit hole in Bismarck's bow, the caption underneath says it is approx 6.5 feet in diameter, if PoW's shell did not explode surely the hole would only be around 14" or so, or might it have turned and come out sideways to cause so big a hole? If that is i...
by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942
Replies: 20
Views: 6492

Re: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942

Gentlemen,
A most interesting discussion.
What seem to be saying is that if we take out the Japanese destroyers and their torpedoes, it would require two US 16" ships to tackle Yamoto with any chance of success - rather like two KGv's against Tirpitz!
by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: B29's in UK
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: B29's in UK

Gentlemen,
As always, many thanks for your replies and information, a B29 must have seemed a hell of a big aircraft after Lancaster's and Halifax's!
by paul.mercer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Re: hits on PoW and Bismarck

except that if the hole in the shell were very large, as might have occurred if the projectile detonated inside the ship, it might have required Bismarck to reduce speed somewhat during the rest of the operation. For the record, Bismarck did reduce speed during May 24th, at 22kts then at 16kts or l...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Re: hits on PoW and Bismarck

Bismarck was hit only once in the bow, not twice. The best evidence would suggest that if projectile in question detonated at all, it did so on or slightly outboard of the shell plating on the disengaged side. Whether the projectile exploded or not would not likely have led to any significant diffe...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: B29's in UK
Replies: 3
Views: 136

B29's in UK

Gentlemen, Just finished watching the first part of the jet age based around the first British jets in the late 40's/early 50's. one very quick shot shows various jets - Meteors etc, on the tarmac of an airfield and in the background were what looked like some Boeing B29 Strato Fortress's (if I've g...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Re: hits on PoW and Bismarck

Hi Paul, I think we are speaking of the same single 15" hit (in the PoW damage report it is numbered #5, the diesel generator room is underlined by me in red). It traveled underwater for a long distance (estimated 80 feets!) before reaching the PoW very close to her bottom, entered the ship piercin...
by paul.mercer
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Re: hits on PoW and Bismarck

Thanks Alberto,
What about the one that lodged around PoW's keel, would that have broken it in half or would the double bottom prevent this?
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hits on PoW and Bismarck
Replies: 124
Views: 2152

Hits on PoW and Bismarck

Gentlemen,
When PoW was drydocked they found an unexploded 15" somewhere near her keel and during the battle PoW put two hits through Bismarck's bow but neither exploded, had all three shells gone off would that have made any difference to the outcome?
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?
Replies: 87
Views: 3376

Re: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?

Gentlemen,
I believe that one report said that the back of one turret (B?) was blown out, would a direct hit from a 16" have done that, if so how would that have occurred?
by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Standard v full load
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Standard v full load

There was a gentlemans agreement amongst the treaty powers that allowed for small increases in displacement beyond the limit because it was hard to accurately estimate many of the construction and weapon weights. There was also an unwritten allowance made for ships to be able to carry 'overloads' o...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Standard v full load
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Standard v full load

Thanks for you replies, if standard displacement does not allow for fuel and there is a discrepancy of around 10000 tons, would that all be fuel or was there some rather crafty armour or armament additions? Also I still not sure why the RN would build new ships that were inferior to the QE's not onl...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Standard v full load
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Standard v full load

Gentlemen, Perhaps you could help with something that is puzzling me, standard load and full load. I have always assumed that standard was 'as built' without fuel, ammo, stores etc and full would mean everything included. So when the Washington Treaty was signed for battleships to be 35000 tons, pre...
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: German supply ships
Replies: 1
Views: 91

German supply ships

Gentlemen,
I believe that after the twins and Bismarck break outs into the Atlantic the RN did a pretty good job of rounding up the German supply ships, so if Tirpitz had got out at a later date would she have had problems with supplies, mainly in re-oiling?