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by wadinga
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Tarranto
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Tarranto

Fellow Contributors, I recently found an illustration of a Swordfish in a wartime book which may explain the confusion over the "nose wire". This showed a short wire from the aircraft fuselage attached to an arming pin on the weapon's nose, by which the pin was pulled out as the torpedo dropped away...
by wadinga
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)

Fellow Contributors, regardless of a ww1 or ww2 ship, depending on circumstanes Would have to encompass some very unusual circumstances indeed. One has radar search and ranging, a modern fire control computer and high power output propulsion system and the other doesn't. Could a Baden ever beat a Bi...
by wadinga
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 9706

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

Hi Steve, If you could see the target, you could get accurate bearings. It's actually more difficult to hit an end on target because a dispersion pattern is an elipse, and a small error in bearing can cause the target to be outside the pattern. Aren't these observations mutually exclusive? I actuall...
by wadinga
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 9706

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

Hi Steve, his silence here speaks volumes Well.............. he might actually have other things to do, gardening, walking the dog or maybe conducting a search for another missing battleship somewhere. :D I think we should consider a number of factors. Shot dispersion gets worse the further away the...
by wadinga
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 9706

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

Hi Steve, I realize now this long range gunnery debate is a "thing" for you after reading the thread "Long Range Gunnery" commencing at http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=2637 After reading contributions from luminaries like Brad Fischer and Bill Jurens I take the latter's observati...
by wadinga
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 9706

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

Hello Mostly Harmless, Good point. Having enjoyed the catharsis of typing it, there is still time to reflect that actually posting it would maybe not be such a good idea. :cool: Just a reminder for extreme range fans, it would appear no warship has hit anything with a gun at more than 27,000yds that...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)

Hi Steve, I'll leave it to your compatriot Dave Saxton to explain how the superlative Seetakt would have allowed Bismarck to outperform anything on these ships in 1941! The whole German F/C system was 1940s state-of-the-art and Hood or any other unmodernised WWI ship would be lucky to stand much of ...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 9706

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

Fellow Contributors, I expect we have all had that frustration at one time or another, but Mr Rico is perfectly correct. I always highlight and Control-C before hitting the preview button (just in case) and if I am being really long-winded, I compose my deathless prose in a word processor and insert...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)

Hi Steve, Have you not remembered Alberto, like Elvis, has left the building and won't be answering? Actually it was more like Tosca's exit in the opera ie leaping off the battlements with a shriek. Lutjens had no interest in engaging battleships and would have left them labouring far behind unless ...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Commodore Harwood
Replies: 5
Views: 181

Re: Commodore Harwood

Hello jrp, Glad to be of service. As a Commodore First Class Harwood could fly a broad pennant (triangular swallow-tailed flag in 2:3 ratio) with the red St George's cross on a white background. This was a pennant version of the Admiral's flag. Second class commodores had the flag "defaced" with a s...
by wadinga
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Commodore Harwood
Replies: 5
Views: 181

Re: Commodore Harwood

Hello jrp, I see that was your first post- welcome aboard! According to my copy of Britain’s Glorious Navy published early in the war, the Commodore First Class had the same cuff stripes as a Rear Admiral. A Commodore Second Class had only the single broad stripe. Post war, only the single broad str...
by wadinga
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Tarranto
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Tarranto

Fellow Contributors, After some investigation I have some serious issues with the explanation on the Armoured Carriers site. Any wire attached to the nose of the torpedo would be IMHO a very poor idea. It is supposedly strong enough to support the weight (c1600 lbs) long enough to gain this preferre...
by wadinga
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Main armament hoists
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Main armament hoists

Hi Paul, It would indeed be a job to raise a 16" shell by hand, made even more improbable un the film 'Battleship' where 4 or 5 carried a shell in Missouri the whole length of the ship! Absolutely everything in the splendid and enjoyable hokum which is "Battleship" is improbable or downright impossi...
by wadinga
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 387

Re: torpedoes

Fellow Contributors, Searching for a control mechanism to allow: while the torpedo had already evolved to the guided monopropellant powered device that gave them about 50 km range with unheard off accuracy. I came across the Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil 1941 patent for frequency hopping to be appl...
by wadinga
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95

Hello Fatboy, Thanks for the visual update. I believe that is the actual functional open air navigating bridge. Both Eagle and Hermes had this feature, and just aft of your red circle the upper level is full of DCT with no room for a bridge crew. Compass binnacle, Pelorus, target bearing indicators,...