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by HMSVF
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: If Hood had survived video.
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: If Hood had survived video.

Hood rebuild/If Hood had survived video: https://youtu.be/Vqnk2-noeUY And additional commentary regarding Hood's loss. I think she would at best have got a substantial repair and had her AA greatly improved. I very much doubt that she would got any sort of reconstruction. Look at poor HMS Rodney - ...
by HMSVF
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of the Hood video
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: The loss of the Hood video

Fellow Contributors, It is in my opinion a very well-presented video, and the credit duly given to Bill Jurens as the source of much of the technical material and conclusions is gratifying. His authoritative paper can be read on the INRO section of the Navweaps website. The presenter speaks clearly...
by HMSVF
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 76
Views: 66559

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Now, after some years, I found mistakes in my description about battleships. All battleships designs were with two shafts, not four as I described. I upgraded dragings, but can't attach here. Even 300 kb image gets "too large" message. Sorry. Brilliant stuff. One question. The belts on all of these...
by HMSVF
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of the Hood video
Replies: 12
Views: 458

Re: The loss of the Hood video

An in-depth review of the various theories regarding Hood's loss: [youtube]https://youtu.be/CLPeC7LRqIY[/youtube] I watched it the other day. I bow down to those more knowledgable than I, but I thought it made perfect sense and the most likely reason for Hood's demise (especially when looking at th...
by HMSVF
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: A Force Z What If

Gentlemen, I'm afraid the result would be most if not all the RN ships sunk - or at least heavily damaged. I would think that the four capital ships would slug it out with the two Japanese heavy cruisers adding their fire, while 8" shells are unlikely to do much damage against PoW's armour they cou...
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: 277

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: 44
Views: 2814

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: 44
Views: 2814

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: 44
Views: 2814

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: 2397

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: 2874

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: 1662

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: 2397

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: 9
Views: 1121

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: 872

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...