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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: 9305

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: 9305

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: 9305

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. ...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Amphibious operations
Replies: 3
Views: 759

Re: Amphibious operations

Thanks.
by Francis Marliere
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Amphibious operations
Replies: 3
Views: 759

Amphibious operations

Gentlemen, I have some questions about amphibious operations (just the landing, not assault, which is even more complicated). I assume that not all beaches are suited for a landing. What is the minimum size and maximum slope for the beaching of a small craft (LCVP, LCM, LCT) ? Same question for a LS...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Smoke screen
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Re: Smoke screen

I'm talking about chemical smoke during a 'typical' night, without illumination.
by Francis Marliere
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Smoke screen
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Smoke screen

Gentlemen,

do you know if / how far smoke screen were visible by night ?

Thanks for any help,

Francis Marliere
by Francis Marliere
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Martini Henry rifles
Replies: 8
Views: 1403

Re: Martini Henry rifles

As fars as I understand things, US Infantry still had single shot rifles at this time : only cavalry units had Spencer carbines. The reasons why infantry did not have carbines are IMHO : - carbines are muche more expensives than rifles ; - the ammunition consumption of carbines is too high ; - the r...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 25241

Re: Cover up synopsis

I let you and Alberto to discuss about the 203 mm ( 8 inches ) guns effectiveness when engaged against battleships, since this is NOT the argument in discussion on this thread. Antonio, you miss my point. I am not getting involved in the 'cover up' discussion, but was just making a short comment ab...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 25241

Re: Cover up synopsis

I'm afraid that PG opened fire at 5:55 on Hood from over 20000 yards. She hit the British flagship before Bismarck, at 5:57 from a range of around 19000 yards, igniting the ready to use AA ammo and causing the famous fire on the boat deck. Other hits on Hood are not officially confirmed, but possib...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 25241

Re: Cover up synopsis

Alberto, no offense, but we disagree on this subject. I do think their fire from effective range can well contribute to the enemy defeat Alberto, as far as I know, the RN CA were at best at 10 nm, which is long range rather than effective range for these ships. as it certainly did Prinz Eugen at Den...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 25241

Re: Cover up synopsis

Remember too that an important factor in the whole DS action was its brevity - had disaster not befallen BC1 and a longer duel developed , Norfolk and later Suffolk would have caught up and joined in and there would be no debate. Paul, while I am not convinced by the 'cover up' theory, I am not sur...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if: Bismarck or Prinz Eugen made smoke at 5:45 and accelerated at max speed
Replies: 27
Views: 2652

Re: What if: Bismarck or Prinz Eugen made smoke at 5:45 and accelerated at max speed

Anyway, a ship without smoke generator can make smoke with its funnel(s). While a funnel smokescreen is not as efficient as a chemical one, it can make aiming and spoting very difficult.
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Modern AAA
Replies: 5
Views: 1557

Modern AAA

Gentlemen, I wonder about modern AAA effectiveness and I'm looking about data to guesstimate it. In 'Naval Antiaircraft Guns& Gunnery', Norman friedman states that - A simple, optic director improves the effectiveness fo Bofors and Oerlikon by 50%. - Late-war fire control and radar improve the effec...
by Francis Marliere
Tue May 03, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood v Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 560
Views: 18861

Re: Hood v Vittorio Veneto

Some quick comments on the scenario : 1- VADM Somerville is no longer in charge of the Mediterranean fleet in 1943. 2- If British ships are disadvantaged at long range (at the beginning of the battle), they would probably hide behind a smoke screen. 3- The italian "charge" may make some sense from a...