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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: 9
Views: 212

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: 64
Views: 1288

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: 11936

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: 11936

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: 447

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: 9817

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: 9817

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: 9817

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: 5178

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: 124947

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: 124947

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...
by Francis Marliere
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Hitting the Gun Barrel
Replies: 10
Views: 4144

Re: Hitting the Gun Barrel

I guess you probably know, but in doubt, I precise: as far as I know, Richelieu's missing barrel was not destroyed by an ennemy shell, but by the explosion of a projectile inside the barrel.

Regards,

Francis Marliere
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 35784

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

Antonio But if one suddendly appears on a thread that never saw him writing before, ... in the middle of a discussion, ... I was expecting a value add from his post, ... and not only a side taken without even the reason for it to be. At least now I know why. You are right that I did not participate ...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 35784

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

Hello everybody, @ Francis Marliere, Where is your value add here now ? Do you know how to use a ruler measuring the above map distances ? My very good friends Philippe Caresse and Robert Dumas both knows how to do it, are French and are in line with me, so what ? I will avoid to list all the other...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 35784

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

You have also been opposed by Americans, Canadians, Germans and Jamaicans(?) Have I left anyone out? :clap: Fair point. Would you mind adding French member ? Moreover, I would like to point out that as a French, I am not inclined to defend Britain or the Royal Navy at all cost, quite the contrary. ...