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by wadinga
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics

Hello Byron, Hmmm, yes I have seen Mr Duffy's 2005 article. As I observed there was the serious matter of Prize Money and those who felt they had earned it with blood and effort, as opposed to those who also received it, but in the first group of people's minds didn't actually deserve it, which may ...
by wadinga
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Hello Byron, Yes the factual errors "5,000 tons" and "the day the Bismarck went down". maybe undermine the Yeoman's credibility a bit or is it the newspaperman's error in recording what he was told? As we know this not a hit either, but let's not spoil a good story with facts! Since John Winton cite...
by wadinga
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 115

A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Fellow Contributors, The so called "Flash Effect" photo catalogued in US naval records as NH 69730 and described in the following terms on this website: This is the most well known photo of the battleship Bismarck and one the most famous of World War II as well. It was taken from the Prinz Eugen som...
by wadinga
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics

Fellow Contributors, For interest Peter Padfield in Guns at Sea says It is perhaps wrong to mention exceptional gunnery officers by name, as many are sure to be left out, but Collingwood, that very great and good man, worked up his gun's crews in the Dreadnought (1805) to fire three well-aimed broad...
by wadinga
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Nelson Uses Napoleon's Tactics

Hello Byron, Yes some British ships even had their extra studding sails deployed extending each yardarm further to try and catch more breeze, but with such wind as there was nearly astern, their forward motion reduced the "apparent wind" providing thrust. With a stronger wind, and maybe on or just a...
by wadinga
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, As usual a perceptive point and one already briefly alluded to. Whereas when Pola surrendered, the weather was so calm and there being no undue risk of enemy intervention, a brow was put across between ships for evacuation, nothing even vaguely similar would be possible in Bisma...
by wadinga
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, Returning to the thread subject and the repercussions of a potential surrender. I repost from an old thread:. From Joseph Goebbels' diary, translated Fred Taylor, ISBN 0-21-10893-4 (A new addition to my library) p.385 "28th May 1941 I halt the entire propaganda effort relating t...
by wadinga
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, It is interesting to see how the German propaganda machine handled the defeat of Bismarck. See http://www.kbismarck.com/archives/gpressart1.html on this very site. While there is a significant amount of genuine information, reports from the survivors is ignored in favour of an i...
by wadinga
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, I believe we have all (with one exception) expressed our support for the wise and apposite actions of the Moderator. Even though occasionally my prose has been obliterated I accept his puissance. My interpretation of the Baron's description of activities in Karlsruhe was that Ca...
by wadinga
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Hello Paul, it would have been almost impossible to hit a destroyer moving about at 30 knots unless it was a 'lucky' hit. Due to the extremely poor weather conditions, Vian's destroyers were incapable of anything like 30 knots. Even at greatly reduced speed, spray burst over their bridges. The Baron...
by wadinga
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, Surely the point is clear , there was nothing to be gained for "the country's interest" in the May 27th slaughter. Even those avenging Hood's loss were somewhat embarrassed by "mere target practice" against an enemy effectively incapable of fighting back. heroes put their countr...
by wadinga
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, Mr Virtuani is of course perfectly correct, McMullen did hit Bismarck, but his minimal success at DS can in no way be compared with Schneider's. I have unaccountably muddled Moultrie and McMullen, but muddling McMullen's and Schneider's performance is equally unaccountable. In o...
by wadinga
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Alan Raven comment re PoW @ Denmark Strait
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Alan Raven comment re PoW @ Denmark Strait

Fellow Contributors< I believe we have already established that it was because PoW had no Type 284 which would bear aft for the desired search sector (the forward DCT had limited traverse over the stern) that PoW asked permission to use the masthead Type 281. Hood also only had Type 284 on the forwa...
by wadinga
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, the fact that Vian's destroyers had to give up their attack without any result They ran out of torpedoes, but still homed in the battlewagons for Bismarck's destruction, so their purpose was entirely fulfilled. Despite Bismarck's huge but ineffectual firepower she could not hit ...
by wadinga
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 87
Views: 2381

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Fellow Contributors, Bismarck fire actually caused casualties on Vian's destroyers, Lutjens was surely unaware of shrapnel injuries in the Tribals, even German optics aren't that good. After several hours blazing away at isolated attacks there was no visible sign Bismarck's fire had even scratched t...