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by BuckBradley
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 40
Views: 1044

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

My experience has been that the attribution and pedigree of various photographs and film clips, in the absence of clearly identifiable visual clues in the image itself, tends to be somewhat problematical. This is true throughout World War II. Unfortunately, only a proportion of the photos presented...
by BuckBradley
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: The USN vs. the Royal Navy
Replies: 24
Views: 870

Re: The USN vs. the Royal Navy

A belated thanks for all of your interesting replies gentlemen. Wadinga: I am aware that the RN was embroiled with Nappy and could have crushed the USN had it diverted all its resources to that purpose. My focus was on those encounters that did actually happen however, as to which the USN had a much...
by BuckBradley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Brittle Fracture and torpedo resistance
Replies: 9
Views: 6853

Re: Brittle Fracture and torpedo resistance

Double post.
by BuckBradley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Brittle Fracture and torpedo resistance
Replies: 9
Views: 6853

Re: Brittle Fracture and torpedo resistance

I think Bill Jurens pointed out, with respect to a question about the "Maine" investigation, that the first explosive impetus on plating does not necessarily determine where it is going to wind up: i.e., just because plating was dished in doesn't mean the explosion came from outside.
by BuckBradley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 159861

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Personally would not consider Midway be a naval battle--at least for "greatest naval battle" purposes.

That was an air battle.
by BuckBradley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941
Replies: 26
Views: 3138

Re: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941

Thanks for posting this Jose.

You guys are definitely right about the technology--it's evolving, but is still a long way from being able to beat you at chess.......
by BuckBradley
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: The USN vs. the Royal Navy
Replies: 24
Views: 870

The USN vs. the Royal Navy

I am NOT trying to start a flame war here gents. In combat vs. each other, both sides gained plenty of laurels. Both sides were the best (ship v. ship) that the other ever faced. Why did the USN do so much better vs. the RN than anyone else? You would think that the French (with their money, history...
by BuckBradley
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 13
Views: 6289

Re: Yamato and Musashi

With the Deutschland class the difference was calculated to about 15%, unless my sources are wrong. This is more plausible than 2%, considering that riveting requires overlap joints and much more framing. You have to a make a distinction from hull weight (IE the part of the ship that can be welded)...
by BuckBradley
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Old men's memories
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: Old men's memories

I was witness to a shot-gun style murder many years ago, and attempted to assist the victim. Many memories. Many police photographs. Years later, met a woman who's brother was one of the police officers involved, and who -- probably somewhat unethically -- arranged to show me some of the photos of ...
by BuckBradley
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Old men's memories
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: Old men's memories

I was witness to a shot-gun style murder many years ago, and attempted to assist the victim. Many memories. Many police photographs. Years later, met a woman who's brother was one of the police officers involved, and who -- probably somewhat unethically -- arranged to show me some of the photos of ...
by BuckBradley
Thu May 30, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Question For Bill Jurens & All Re Barrel Length
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Question For Bill Jurens & All Re Barrel Length

Hi all: I have to admit that I was ruminating upon tanks when this question popped up in my mind, but I imagine it is at least somewhat translatable to battleships and to the extent that it is not that might be interesting to note. One of the means whereby gunmakers have increased penetrative capaci...
by BuckBradley
Thu May 30, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Old men's memories
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: Old men's memories

Memories are very very mallable and unreliable things, even if you have an "excellent memory" and unless you are the Rainman. E.g., I am a strapping virile young lad with an absurd i.q. and a very good memory. A few days ago, a ladyfriend sent me an email that included a picture of her from the wais...
by BuckBradley
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Who fires first wins ?????
Replies: 29
Views: 17512

Re: Who fires first wins ?????

"Twice Blessed, is He Whose Cause is Just.
Thrice Blessed, is He Who Gets his Blow in First!"
by BuckBradley
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Italian fascism and Italy's WW2 performance
Replies: 5
Views: 5910

Re: Italian fascism and Italy's WW2 performance

I don't think Mussolini was all bad by any means. He almost wiped out the Mafia and he did make the trains run on time. He also restored a bit of respect for Italy. However you want to characterize his decision to enter WWII, however, it was a complete gamble (bluff) on a pair of twos facing a bunch...