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by sandym
Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 10 moments that changed the course of the war at sea
Replies: 117
Views: 20259

Re: 10 moments that changed the course of the war at sea

I see what you mean about the weather, but it was'nt exactly flat calm during the final engagement with Bismarck and gunnery officers are supposed to practice and be able to make hits in all weathers, surely 4000m should be almost point blank for a modern battleship like DoY, seven or eight hits ou...
by sandym
Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Practical ranges
Replies: 70
Views: 26562

Re: Practical ranges

Hmm, remember that New Jersey was sent to bombard Lebanon in 1984 and missed its targets by as much as 10,000 yards. In fact, it didn't hit anything it aimed at.
by sandym
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:58 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval Battles of Guadalcanal
Replies: 42
Views: 7975

Re: Naval Battles of Guadalcanal

One of the factors in many of the battles around Guadalcanal and the Solomons was just how bad the US Navy commanders were, not only admirals but individual captains as well. The theory propounded by some is that, quite frankly, captains of US warships were just too old, and at that stage in the war...
by sandym
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Destroyers vs. battleships - Comprehensive list from WW2 (al
Replies: 73
Views: 20340

Re: Destroyers vs. battleships - Comprehensive list from WW2

To sink HMS Glorious the ‘twins’ expended 387 x 11” shells registering only 5 hits plus 1148 x 6” shells, which don’t seem to have hit anything. Awesome post Paul...but.... didn't the 5.9's sink Ardent and Acasta? Anyway, here's one than might not be well known but was seriously one sided: In the M...
by sandym
Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Destroyers vs. battleships - Comprehensive list from WW2 (al
Replies: 73
Views: 20340

Re: Destroyers vs. battleships - Comprehensive list from WW2

If we take the battle between disproportionate naval forces further you come upon HMS Manchester being sunk by the MAS boats MS16 and MS22.
by sandym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Griffon engines
Replies: 13
Views: 4017

Re: Griffon engines

May be worth pointing out that the Griffon rotates in the opposite direction to the Merlin.

Caught Spitfire pilots out during the war as the Griffon engined ones 'swung' in the 'wrong' direction on take-ff.