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by HMSVF
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner

Hi all, how seriously can we take observations about people’s characters from personal diaries. I came across a passage from Megan Spooner’s diary referring to the senior officers in Singapore in 1941. Megan Spooner, nee Foster, a famous soprano, was the wife of Rear Admiral ‘Jackie’ Spooner, who a...
by HMSVF
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi There HMSVF, Splendid, some spirited debate to take our minds off the depressing state of the world at the moment. :D Breyer I don't think mentions one bad design I am not surprised, German warships, as weapons systems alone , were probably unmatched. Unhindered by tradition and working from a b...
by HMSVF
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, The two books are "Skagerrak: The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes" pub 2016, and "Battle of the Seven Seas: German Cruiser Battles 1914-18" pub 2011. Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and the Courageeous/Glorious 1917 actions are covered as well as Goeben's activities in the 20...
by HMSVF
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hello AdmiralSemmes, On my shelves I have: British and German Battlecruisers by Michele Constantino & Ruggero Stanglini Clydebank Battlecruisers by Ian Johnston Grand Fleet Battlecruisers by Steve Backer Battlecruiser Invincible by V E Tarrant For anecdotes the text of WW I book With the Battlecrui...
by HMSVF
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1661

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Whatever the validity of the claims by ships' AA, some of the Swordfish were destroyed or damaged by JG 26 Fw 190 fighters which had to attack from astern, and lower their landing gear in order to fly slow enough to "draw a bead". Scharnhorst was also attacked by Swordfishes in this case 1 aircraft...
by HMSVF
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2231

Re: Who won?

Hi Steve, And level bombers against a moving ship don't have much chance to get a hit, especially dropping only one very heavy bomb Deck protection provision revolved around perceived threats , which don't always materialize. Bombing was perceived to be more accurate than it proved to be in combat,...
by HMSVF
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1043

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

I know they had a much larger displacement but wasn’t that thanks to all of the internal armor/scarp triangle? How would you compare her chances against her peers in combat? In particular compared to the New Orleans class they are vastly larger yet a New Orleans has one extra gun and a thicker belt...
by HMSVF
Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1661

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Often times, I hear people (Probably fans of the ship) praise it so much for its reputation of sinking the Hood and taking a lot of punishment during its final battle. Some people even go as far as to say it was *the* best battleship of its time. But is the Bismarck really that good? Was it deservi...
by HMSVF
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: RN USN and IJN ships
Replies: 8
Views: 862

Re: RN USN and IJN ships

I think the 16" ships were clearly superior to the others. Having said that, in theory the British and Japanese could choose not to fight the US ships. Other than that, I don't think there is much to choose between the different BBs. They could all defeat their opposite numbers. When you get BB siz...
by HMSVF
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 636

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

T/O My gut feeling is that the Japanese would have lost a lot more planes but the US would have been permanently deprived of more battleships than historic unless they had sufficient air cover. As for Halsey? Well,I suppose a lot would depend on who got the first blow in first and where. If the Japa...
by HMSVF
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 733

Re: Leyte gulf

If you take out the US carriers, presumably because they don't exist, then the US carrier construction would be replaced with additional battleship construction, including US battleships with 18 inch calibre guns? Would they though? Aircraft had shown that they could sink battleships and the US had...
by HMSVF
Mon May 25, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck
Replies: 17
Views: 1516

Re: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck

Fellow Contributors, but I believe that Repulse had already been told earlier not to engage unless Bismarck was fully occupied with other ships No it was actually Renown which was so instructed, and only after Bismarck started circling, meaning that Tovey would catch her anyway and there was no nee...
by HMSVF
Sun May 10, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1642

Re: Monitors

Fellow Contributors, A Google search https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ul6CAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA13&hl=ru&source=gbs_toc_r&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false got me access to a chunk of Ian Buxton's excellent book (thanks Byron) which I will try to buy if possible. In it it is described how the 12" guns rep...
by HMSVF
Sat May 02, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Supercharged modifications to Revenge class Battleships
Replies: 7
Views: 582

Re: Supercharged modifications to Revenge class Battleships

I'm fairly comfortable that the R class didn't get the 30 degree turret mounting upgrade, but I am unsure which of the four got the Super charge modification. It has to be HMS Ramillies then. Resolution and Revenge had been decommissioned into HMS Imperiuse (at least one of them was disarmed - I th...
by HMSVF
Sat May 02, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2231

Re: Who won?

Neither?

The whole line of battle premise was made obsolete once you could drop sufficiently powerful ordnance accurately from the air or break the back of a ship with torpedoes that bypassed any previous ideas of defence.

Isn’t the whole game plan these days not to be hit at all?