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by Byron Angel
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 86
Views: 2070

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fair comment about complications. British efforts to rescue German survivors of SMS Bluecher at Dogger Bank were called off after the dropping of an aerial bomb in the immediate vicinity by a German seaplane or dirigible (accounts differ).

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by Byron Angel
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: New Winklareth book on Bismarck
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: New Winklareth book on Bismarck

And what happened to the reversed photo theory...? Is it included? Regards Hi Marcelo, I've not read Winklareth's book, but the reviewer does comment on the "reversed photo" matter as follows - "There is a comprehensive examination of the photographic evidence and the so-called 'reversed photo theo...
by Byron Angel
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 24
Views: 5774

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

A superheavy projectile held some outer ballistics advantages but, U.S. Navy F-function wich was used for prediction of penetration in american fireeffect tables(Ordnance Sketch 78841) tend to predict a too low critical velocity for penetration at all impact angles above 20 degrees. The error was i...
by Byron Angel
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 24
Views: 5774

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

When considering the design evolution of USN super-heavy projectiles, it is worth noting the increasing bluntness of the nose, which yielded a shorter projectile length. For any given caliber, a shorter projectile length would reduce the bending stresses introduced by oblique impact upon the project...
by Byron Angel
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: New Winklareth book on Bismarck
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: New Winklareth book on Bismarck

Hi Dunmunro, Good catch. The reviewer (Professor Richard Harding of University of Westminster) identified the book as - "The Battle of the Denmark Strait: a critical analysis of the 'Bismarck''s singular triumph" by R J Winklareth Casemate 2019 ISBN 9781612007137 ... but then does describe it in the...
by Byron Angel
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 86
Views: 2070

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Some distinction worthy of note in connection with navies of the Sail Era - > The great majority of sailors did not know how to swim. > Life preservers did not exist. > A ship's boats could accommodate only a small fraction of the crew (assuming that such boats remained seaworthy after an action). >...
by Byron Angel
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 86
Views: 2070

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

How many German warships were actually ever physically captured by the Allies? A couple of submarines that had been crippled and forced to the surface with no hope of escape. How many of those actually taken came about as a result of miscarried or forestalled scuttling efforts? After a captain had t...
by Byron Angel
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: New Winklareth book on Bismarck
Replies: 5
Views: 217

New Winklareth book on Bismarck

Go here - https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Denmark-S ... op?ie=UTF8

Received a decent and detailed review in the latest Mariner's Mirror (review is worth reading if you are a subscriber - much better than most Amazon "reviews").

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by Byron Angel
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 86
Views: 2070

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

The German navy was really an institution of the 20th century. Whether or not an official Code of Conduct" document existed, the historical record pretty uniformly shows a captain fighting his ship to the very last extremity and then seeking to scuttle her if still afloat. Only the surviving crew we...
by Byron Angel
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Alan Raven comment re PoW @ Denmark Strait
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Alan Raven comment re PoW @ Denmark Strait

In the course of leafing through my hoary old 1972 copy of "ENSIGN 1 - King George the Fifth Class Battleships" by Alan Raven, I ran across an odd comment that I do not recall having been discussed. If I'm wrong, please update me. If not, here is the passage from "page 4" (book is actually not pagin...
by Byron Angel
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: German machine guns
Replies: 3
Views: 3185

Re: German machine guns

..... And the MG42 design still proudly soldiers on in the 21st century.

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by Byron Angel
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics

Makarov estimated the British rate of advance as a bit under two knots under the prevailing light airs, even though carrying maximum sail and (more or less) sailing before the wind. HMS Britannia (3-decker) was such a sluggish sailor, that she effectively arrived at the end of the battle. Nelson's t...
by Byron Angel
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: Turkey and Syria
Replies: 1
Views: 341

Re: Turkey and Syria

Hi Paul, Difficult to judge, as absolutely none of the traditional mass media reportage (IMO) can be trusted. I would place my bet upon Trump following the right course here. What follows is, of course, strictly my opinion > The Kurds are by no means a monolithic entity, except of course in ethnicit...
by Byron Angel
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 2801

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Dunno, Sean. I'm not sure what distinction you are seeing. Scharnhorst fought until she sank, although the sudden nature of her sinking (sudden stability loss and capsize) and the fact that her consort Gneisenau was still temporarily in action may alter the assessment. Gneisenau fought on alone to t...
by Byron Angel
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 2801

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hello everybody, as the "moderator" has decided to protect once again his side, who had baltantly provoked (http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8725&start=45#p84886) writing: "Expect to get an argument from those with a more simplistic definition of "heroic", my offer to cope with hi...