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by Francis Marliere
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: German destroyers in operation Rösselsprung
Replies: 3
Views: 217

German destroyers in operation Rösselsprung

Gents, I am looking for information about the German destroyers that took part in operation Rösselsprung (the action against convoy PQ17). I have found sources, but they are conflicting, and I don't know which one is the more reliable. I am looking for the name of the ships and of their CO, and if p...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Gents, I do not have time to elaborate, so I just make two quick comments. 1 - If French Navy is seized by force, neither Germany nor Italy have the trained crewsz to operate French ships. Even if French government decides to join the Axis, it is probable that French armed forces suffer from a lot o...
by Francis Marliere
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: WWII armor vs modern weapons
Replies: 4
Views: 836

WWII armor vs modern weapons

gents, sorry of the question has already been discussed, but I wonder about the ability of WWII armor to protect a ship from the impact of an antiship missile. What would happen if an old style cruiser, such as ARA General Belgrano (former USS Phoenix, BROOKLYN class) is hit by an Exocet ? Best rega...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: The USN vs. the Royal Navy
Replies: 24
Views: 2307

Re: The USN vs. the Royal Navy

Despite having a long coastline, France is more a 'land' country than a 'naval' one, and for centuries had difficulties in building a strong navy. France has long boundaries, especially with Germany and Spain, which in the last centuries, were dangerous foes. So the priority for France was always to...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 4264

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Dear Bill,

nothing personnal against our Italian friend, but your decision to ban him is IMHO sound. It's was the only solution to save this forum.
I guess it's what he wanted anyway.

Best regards, and thanks for your efforts
by Francis Marliere
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 15052

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

enemy target ( PoW ) was completely shrouded in chemical smoke Gents, as far as I know, but I understand that I can be mistaken, smoke generators uncommon on large ships (they were fitted on destroyers and sometimes cruisers). Hence, POW probably emitted funnel smoke. Can someone confirm whether it...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 15052

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gents, I totally agree with Byron. I have nothing personnal against A&A and don't care about their theory. However the tone of the forum has become depleasant for a while and I'm glad that Bill Jurens tries to stop that. IMHO, the moderator has been very, very patient with our italian friends, and h...
by Francis Marliere
Tue May 07, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: French air force
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: French air force

Paul, as far as I know, the French air force did not hold back its fighters. It's quite the contrary. Units were thrown - and wasted - in the battle as soon as they were available, without coordination and support. It's true that there were dozens of modern fighters and bombers in the 'rear'. They w...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu and Jean Bart
Replies: 49
Views: 10939

Re: Richelieu and Jean Bart

As far as I know, each quad turret on Richelieu and Jean Bart was in fact divided in two parts with 2 guns each. The guns of each 'half turret' were fired together in 4-guns salvoes (hence the dispersion problem).
by Francis Marliere
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu and Jean Bart
Replies: 49
Views: 10939

Re: Richelieu and Jean Bart

Alecsandros, you're right, there were were problem with the shell design (some had a small cavity for poison gaz that weakened the structure). However, as far as I understand things, this problem is not related to dispersion.

Best regards,

Francis
by Francis Marliere
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu and Jean Bart
Replies: 49
Views: 10939

Re: Richelieu and Jean Bart

Gents,

as far as I understand, excessive dispersion on Richelieu & Jean Bart was the consequence of interference between shells, because guns were too close. I guess that firing a gun then another would slow rate of fire but prevent this problem.

Best regards,

Francis Marliere
by Francis Marliere
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Prinz Eugen firing procedures at DS
Replies: 31
Views: 5498

Re: Prinz Eugen firing procedures at DS

Phil,

thanks for the precisions. Could you please elaborate ?

Best regards,

Francis
by Francis Marliere
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2265
Views: 137880

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gents, I'm sorry that I fuelled the dispute, since I do not appreciate those unkindly words, that will eventualy sink this forum. By the way, no offense Alberto, but I don't see your point. Please correct me if I misunderstand you, but it seems to me that you say RADM Walke-Walker and Captain Leach'...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2265
Views: 137880

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Gents, I do not want to get stuck in this never ending discussion, and I don't neither want to offense anyone, but I'm a bit surprised by the following sentence: his decision (as well as Wake-Walker's decision not to re-engage) was just perfect and this is why no further action was taken to punish h...