Search found 303 matches

Go to advanced search

by Paul L
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate
Replies: 19
Views: 825

Re: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate

The PBS hull was rated for 30 knots but could only reach 29.4 knots in ultra light trails. It seems adding bulges cost them a knot off the top speed. The rest was increased displacement from enlarging the superstructure/armaments, to meet the numerous roles demanded. Reportedly mid life plans inclu...
by Paul L
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate
Replies: 19
Views: 825

Re: Alaska Class: Battlecruise or Large Cruiser Semi-debate

The Alaskas were built to counter a rumored Japanese super cruiser project that could hunt down their own heavy cruisers and carriers. They also built the Alaskas to hunt down any enemy cruiser while being able to speed away from anything powerful enough to sink it head on. The Scharn Twins (WW2 no...
by Paul L
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Obviously we have to agree to disagree. I gave up measuring improved KM performance based on a singular battle, especially a surface battle. Any improvement has to start and end with the U-boat war. To that end two works particularly influenced my thinking. Norman Freedman Network Centric Warfare &a...
by Paul L
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Well following up on TASKS FOR THE WEHRMACHT , Groner in 1928 was warning the entire German military/government that unless they were ready to fight a two year campaign of "continuous war" WITH ALL OF EUROPE- they had better be ready to back down from ANY ADVENTURE. Something Hitler clearl...
by Paul L
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

G'day, all More Deutschland class vessels translates to no A.G.N.A. and a more likely intervention into German rearmament plans. Was it not so that a key paragraph of the Anglo-German treaty was precisely the abandonment of the Deutschland class? 15" guns or not, like the Bismarck was the Scha...
by Paul L
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Yes that should come from improved hull plus developing diesels instead of high temp/pressure turbines.
by Paul L
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Johannesson's destroyers were able keep company with the Scharnhorst steaming at 25 knots through the night of the 25th in the same weather. However, if Scharnhorst goes directly into the wind and seas the German destroyers won't be able to keep up. Bey allowing the loss of cohesion with his force ...
by Paul L
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

If we replace all of Scharnhorst's historical 11in hits with 15in hits, then nothing changes. Additionally the proposed mods to fit 38cm guns to S&G would have increased their displacement, making them slower and probably worsening their already poor seakeeping qualities. There were heavy hits ...
by Paul L
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 980

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

...I have read they DID damage the steam system for galley services and shrapnel damage the oil purification system . Shrapnell damage was done to the exhaust system. All systems wich uses this exhaust has to be tempoarily shut off, because of danger of explosion by fumes. Thanks TW! Does that mean...
by Paul L
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 980

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

not seen any data on hitting a zigzag target. AGS armor good against 6" guns but 8" guns should get penetrations starting at 10-12,000 yards.An 8" shell did penetrate the outer 4" belt if the AGS, but not the MAD . I have read they DID damage the steam system for galley services ...
by Paul L
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 980

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

How about 2 8x8" cruisers like Norfolk and Suffolk working together, would they be enough to subdue one of them? In many situations, yes, but I wouldn't risk saying in the majority of happenings. The weather would play the key role, and AGS would have the upper hand in good weather and visibil...
by Paul L
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 980

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

How about 2 8x8" cruisers like Norfolk and Suffolk working together, would they be enough to subdue one of them? Essentially a Battle of the River Plate scenario. Are the two county class cruisers sufficiently able to attack their target on opposite flanks to either divide German fire or to le...
by Paul L
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 594

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Gentlemen, At North Cape Scharnhorst was alone and surrounded by hostile forces and had her forward radar knocked out by a shell from Norfolk. If she had been armed with 3x15" turrets -as I believe was once proposed and had all her radars intact, would she have been able to put up an even bett...
by Paul L
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard and Bismarck
Replies: 81
Views: 4021

Re: Vanguard and Bismarck

As I understand the main reason allies went to single deck armor plate was to defeat bombs, not shells.
by Paul L
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard and Bismarck
Replies: 81
Views: 4021

Re: Vanguard and Bismarck

Multiple Armor plates only offer less resistance than single plate - if the gap between these plates is shorter than the length of the attacking projectile. Otherwise the projectile is free to yaw as a result of previous plate perforation. In examples were the gap between plates is less than the len...

Go to advanced search

cron