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by HMSVF
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Re: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42

Hi all Hypothetical discussion for you all re what might have been done for HMS Hermes She arrived at Simonstown, South Africa for a refit, and although I have no details as to what the refit was, I’d say an overhaul of her engines, boilers cleaned out and bottom scrapped would have been highly lik...
by HMSVF
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance
Replies: 15
Views: 436

Re: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance

These sound like ranges obtained from cruisers. Testing from Hood and actual results from KGV were somewhat better than those shown above. RA Burt provides a lengthy quote from Hood's type 284 radar trials in March-April 1941 at Scapa flow, which can be summarized briefly that continuous ranging wa...
by HMSVF
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History
Replies: 59
Views: 9017

Re: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History

I did have a look in my copy of Axis Battleships again and can confirm that this is the more complete book as far as the design of the ship is concerned. Mind you, I did notice one glaring contradiction in it. It says the armor was intended to provide protection between 20000 and 30000 m. Later on,...
by HMSVF
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3736

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, Bill Jurens wrote: "...insisting on a binary "yes' or "no" response simply renders the entire exercise futile..." Therefore, if you and some others " fellow contributors " consider the exercise "futile", just don't come in this thread and stay in your "indeterminateness". That's it...
by HMSVF
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3736

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, for the second time no answer yet to Mr.Rico's questions 3 and 4 from a forum member who prefers to comment: "there we have it: Simon and Garfunkel versus Bonomi and Virtuani. Once again, the indeterminate nature of this exercise arises." ...well, no. Simon and Garfunkel vs emperor...
by HMSVF
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Did any of Hoods Survivors ever meet Bismarck Survivors?
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: Did any of Hoods Survivors ever meet Bismarck Survivors?

I am wondering if any of the Hoods 3 survivors ever met any of the Bismarcks survivors in person. What were their feelings towards each other? Did Ted Briggs ever meet and speak to Rechberg? I am sure they knew who each other were. A quick check of the interweb suggests that there has been a long (...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

My thanks to those who have offered suggestions, etc. Often (one might say, usually) the best way to lead is to listen. I would agree that there is essentially zero probability of the opposing viewpoints, one -- at least by my reading -- being that a fairly definitive history has already been creat...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, This topic is going the same way as 'PoW's readiness for active service' and other topics before it, Is it not time to shut this one down as well as we appear to be going in circles without any definite points being made and no definite conclusions arrived at with only increasingly hosti...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

I was away from the computer on a brief vacation over the past few days, so have let daily commentary and moderation slip. This happens from time to time. Having skimmed the previous few day's submissions, although I would say that many comments approached the line of acceptability, none of the inf...
by HMSVF
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, I believe earlier in this very thread Mr Jurens said he could not see what was to be gained from withholding material from these reports. I am a bit confused about Mr. Virtuani's statements along the lines of "All the records will be released and published in a couple of years....
by HMSVF
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, I believe earlier in this very thread Mr Jurens said he could not see what was to be gained from withholding material from these reports. I am a bit confused about Mr. Virtuani's statements along the lines of "All the records will be released and published in a couple of years....
by HMSVF
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

It appears that Churchill wanted to go after Somerville and Lancelot Holland for dereliction of duty after Cape Spartivento. LOL. B And Cunningham whilst he was dealing with the French naval forces based in Alexandra after the fall of France. Churchill was the archetypal armchair admiral. And quite...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Hello everybody, of course a ship with 10 guns (6 fore) has a salvo theoretically composed by more shots than a 8 guns ship... Dunmunro wrote: "Hood was probably firing two gun salvos" ...only when PoW was firing 3 guns salvos. After 5:58, 4 (Hood) to 5 (PoW) guns salvos (arcs open for both ships)....
by HMSVF
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Byron Angel wrote: "HMS Lion - Jutland....1.45 salvoes per minute." Therefore much less than the 2 salvoes per minute of PoW (at least if they were salvos and not broadsides...). Range, please ? You missed the bit about firing in pair concentration with Princess Royal; nevertheless, probably a poor...
by HMSVF
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10861

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

At least in the USN, the most valid comparison of rate of fire was usually taken to be Shots Per Gun Per Minute (SPGPM). Usually, in target practices, no discrimination was made regarding the reasons behind missed shots although in unusual situations some discrimination might be made between shots ...