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by José M. Rico
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions

-Were they aware that the Malaya was under repair in the US, and that the Resolution and Royal Sovereign were refitting? Yes they were. The following is an excerpt from the War Diary of the "Seekriegsleitung" dated 6 April, where Malaya is mentioned. "Marine Attaché Washington meldet, daß gesamte P...
by José M. Rico
Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Führer Naval Conferences
Replies: 12
Views: 10640

Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Embassies around the world, diplomatic correspondence that is inviolable, etc. also play an important role in intelligence.
by José M. Rico
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Führer Naval Conferences
Replies: 12
Views: 10640

Re: Führer Naval Conferences

All the Germans had to do was have a friend buy a copy of the News Chronicle newspaper for 28th May 1941, price one penny. I have a facsimile copy which mentions most of the ships and their Captain's names. British newspapers may have been available in other neutral countries including the USA and ...
by José M. Rico
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Prince of Wales - Operational History and Drawings
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Prince of Wales - Operational History and Drawings

Hello everyone, Just added to the website the operational history of the British battleship Prince of Wales, including a new detailed color drawing depicting the ship at the time she fought the Bismarck on 24 May 1941, courtesy of my friend Manuel P. González López. Links below: http://www.kbismarck...
by José M. Rico
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Gehringer/Bonomi: Schlachtschiff Tirpitz Vol. V - out now
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Gehringer/Bonomi: Schlachtschiff Tirpitz Vol. V - out now

This book series are great but I still have to get Volume IV first!!!
by José M. Rico
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Zielgeber C/38 S Target Indicator
Replies: 0
Views: 440

Zielgeber C/38 S Target Indicator

Hello,

Does anybody know what was the magnification of the "Zielgeber C/38 S" target indicators which were in the different fire control stations? What about their field of view? I'm attaching a photo to illustrate the device I'm talking about.

José
by José M. Rico
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: TAKOM 1/72 Bismarck Bruno Turret
Replies: 0
Views: 1726

TAKOM 1/72 Bismarck Bruno Turret

TAKOM Model Plastic Company will be releasing Bismarck's Bruno turret in 1/72 this November.
by José M. Rico
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: water line
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: water line

That straight line at 8.5 m is interesting.
It is not a plate weld, and it is not the lower edge of the 60mm belt either since that was located at 7.9 meters and was riveted.
The color seems to be the same as the upper part but darker, so perhaps is just an optical effect due to surface being wet?
by José M. Rico
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: water line
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: water line

My mistake! I read the draft marks wrong. You are correct, the top edge of the waterline is more between 10.50-10.55 m. I had no idea there was an "official" 10.52 figure, so that should be fine. As for the bottom edge, I just made a guess assuming the draft marks go from 8 to 13 meters, but since t...
by José M. Rico
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: water line
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: water line

Herr Nilsson wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:52 am
What’s the source of these figures?
Photos of the ship in Hamburg, August 1940.
The lower edge is certainly below 8.5 m, and the top edge is closer to the 10.4 mark than 10.6.
Did they change the position of the waterline when the ship was repainted in early 1941?
by José M. Rico
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: water line
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: water line

Hello and welcome to the forums!
The waterline is located between 8.0 and 10.45 meters from the keel.
Color RAL 7016.
by José M. Rico
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A slower but fully capable Bismarck in the final battle
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: A slower but fully capable Bismarck in the final battle

Hi Francis, Yes, you are probably correct, but I was basing the hypothetical scenario where Bismarck had been stopped for long enough to allow the two RN ships to catch up, but by then Bismarck had overcome some of the problems caused by the torpedo hit and was then capable of going at 20-23 knots ...
by José M. Rico
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder/Bismarck photo research
Replies: 10
Views: 8501

Re: Raeder/Bismarck photo research

Mistery solved.
I can now confirm that Admiral Raeder visited the Bismarck on 21 November 1940, sometime between 1500 and 2055 hours.
He also visited the auxiliary cruiser Kormoran on this day.
by José M. Rico
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Robert J. Winklareth +
Replies: 5
Views: 1124

Re: Robert J. Winklareth +

Sad news. I first corresponded with Bob Winklareth when he published his Bismarck book back in 1999, and although I never agreed with his "reversed photo" theory which I consider baseless and without evidence, I always respected the man as the WW2 veteran that he was. My condolences to family and fr...
by José M. Rico
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 11743

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

I wrote such a long response to this that took hours to write giving armor values, effective armor at ranges, and armor penetration values showing how Iowa had the advantage in almost every scenario save for storms and the stupid site deleted it because it wanted me to sign in to post it even thoug...