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by wadinga
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Best Books on Jutland?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Best Books on Jutland?

Hello Byron, I do indeed apologise to the shade of H H Frost, having not yet read his book and thus being guilty of basing my biased opinion solely on those passages reproduced by Gary Staff. Frost I discover, having read an article from the US Naval War College review (Dr David Kohnen), was even as...
by wadinga
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, I'm not sure there are any professionals here, so of course, your opinion as an amateur can be expressed and valued. Since you sparked the thread, what do you think of Professor Seligmann's theory on the origin of the battlecruiser? Liner chaser or superior armoured cruiser? Maybe...
by wadinga
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Gneisenau Encounter with Rodney
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Gneisenau Encounter with Rodney

Hi Gflotron, You had most of the good info on "Axis". Rodney was with HX 114 on 15th but left the convoy due to receiving distress calls from a group of tankers including Bianca, San Casimiro, Simnia etc and proceeded independently at highish speed steaming overnight and reached the Chilean Reefer i...
by wadinga
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hello Byron, Apologies for another long post There may be a slight confusion: That having been said, kindly note that I have never suggested that the threat of armed high speed liners operating as commerce raiders was the sole issue inspiring development of the battlecruiser; I don't believe I have ...
by wadinga
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Gneisenau Encounter with Rodney
Replies: 6
Views: 273

Re: Gneisenau Encounter with Rodney

Hi Gflotron, A gunnery officer quoted in Ian Ballantyne's book HMS Rodney says about 15 miles but in a rapidly darkening sky and looking past the glare of the burning Chilean Reefer the distance was hard to gauge and impossible to range. Rodney challenged by searchlight but got no sensible response ...
by wadinga
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Byron, Your last post has spurred me to some fascinating reading on the generation of the Battlecruiser concept and has lead to a rather lengthy post for which I apologise. Sources mainly David K Brown Warrior to Dreadnought and Roberts' Battlecruiser. My money is on Bacon for the most correct ac...
by wadinga
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hello Byron, I very much appreciate any influence you may have had in making Mr Seligmann's (Matthew's) paper available. It is a fascinating read and it is interesting to see that the controversy about the origin of the battlecruiser concept is only a fraction of a much bigger dispute between him an...
by wadinga
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Byron, Speaking of Beelzebub and his location amongst the details, I unaccountably overlooked the most pithy and direct dismissal of the "AMC assertion" in Roberts' book. In the headpiece to his "Origins" chapter he actually quotes the Bacon assertion but continues beyond "fight any cruiser afloa...
by wadinga
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Byron, I may wait before bothering Mr Seligmann, since you have kindly supplied his source, as I suspected, Admiral Sir Richard Bacon in his biography of his friend, mentor and promoter. Thanks for supplying the relevant material, I do appreciate it. This is especially valuable since none of the ...
by wadinga
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

To All,

SMS Highflyer??? :shock: Got carried away with my own rhetoric :lol:

All the best

wadinga
by wadinga
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Byron, Well, although I am indeed most impressed by Mr Seligmann's credentials I'm afraid I still back David Brown, NJM Campbell, Oscar Parkes, Arthur Marder and Norman Friedman against him, assuming he is the source of the assertion: I suggest that you check the historical record more closely on...
by wadinga
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Byron, I am a bit disturbed you are talking of epee :shock: , I had in mind water pistols at 20 paces or possibly balloons on sticks. This is meant to be fun, you know. :lol: I do not agree. There is a very material difference, and it is defined by the stability properties of the propellant that ...
by wadinga
Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2804

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Seasonal Felicitations, Byron, Indeed, a little intellectual duelling is a pleasant diversion from the grim news of the world. I was interested to see you quoted NJM Campbell Battlecruisers Warship Special 1 as that very useful slim volume details at length the rationale behind the Invincibles' desi...
by wadinga
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Best Books on Jutland?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Best Books on Jutland?

Hi Byron, Well we are are all entitled to our own opinions :cool: It may well be that friction created when he was aide to Commander, American Patrol Detachment, Atlantic Fleet, a billet in which he played a significant role in developing the tactics of surface and air forces in combined operations ...
by wadinga
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Best Books on Jutland?
Replies: 10
Views: 928

Re: Best Books on Jutland?

Hello Byron, I really can't support your suggestion of Frost's book. My observations were included in another recent thread. Summarized: Another uncritical cheerleader for the imperial German Navy is the improbably named Holloway Halstead Frost, a US Naval officer whose 1930s Jutland book is quoted ...