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by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck Crewmember Research
Topic: Peter Mullers knife
Replies: 3
Views: 36

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: 3
Views: 36

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: 219

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: 875

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: 875

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: 875

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...
by paul.mercer
Wed May 16, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 72
Views: 4628

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: 523

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: 1613
Views: 47077

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: 1613
Views: 47077

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: 3708

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: 1781

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: 1613
Views: 47077

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: 1375

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: 1613
Views: 47077

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...