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by José M. Rico
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Prinz Eugen Medical Report
Replies: 0
Views: 1562

Prinz Eugen Medical Report

Ulrich Rudofsky translated this document many years ago, but for some reason it was never uploaded to the website.
Here it is now, Prinz Eugen medical report from 18.5.1941 to 1.6.1941.

http://www.kbismarck.com/pg-medical-report.html
by José M. Rico
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Prinz Eugen torpedo missed launch at DS
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Prinz Eugen torpedo missed launch at DS

Antonio,
What is actually the point of starting this thread? As the title suggests it should be to discuss the deployment of Prinz Eugen's torpedo battery during the engagement with Hood/PoW, right?
by José M. Rico
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...
Replies: 589
Views: 28354

Re: Jasper, Schmalenbach and 6 salvos...

Hood took about 3 minutes to sink. She was moving at ~1000 yds/min when the magazine exploded. Hood's speed would have declined rapidly as she sank, but not instantaneously, and she probably moved forward about ~500 yds/min average for the 3 minutes or so before she sank. Hood took about 3 minutes ...
by José M. Rico
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Feindliche Ortung
Replies: 9
Views: 1849

Re: Feindliche Ortung

Leach is being castigated for altering course when under the combined fire of 8 x 38cm, 8 x 20.3cm, 6 x 15cm, and 14 x 10.5cm guns (and after being hit by 3 x 38cm and 4 x 20.3cm shells) and the threat of 4 x TTs. Yet Brinkman (under no fire at all) and Lutjens alter course due to imaginary torpedo...
by José M. Rico
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Feindliche Ortung
Replies: 9
Views: 1849

Re: Feindliche Ortung

The interesting new part (well, at least for me) is, that, according to her log, Prinz Eugen detected and evaded Hood's torpedoes. Has this been discussed before, e.g. can it be confirmed as a false alarm? Captain Brinkmann himself said he observed bubble trails from the bridge of Prinz Eugen after...
by José M. Rico
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Feindliche Ortung
Replies: 9
Views: 1849

Feindliche Ortung

Here is an interesting German document from June 1941 about the use of radar, hydrophones, jammers, etc during Rheinübung, and recommendations for future operations. http://www.kbismarck.com/funkspruch-flottenchef-lutjens.html If anyone finds any typos I may have introduced during the transcription ...
by José M. Rico
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Vergleich zwischen Richelieu und Bismarck
Replies: 2
Views: 1566

Vergleich zwischen Richelieu und Bismarck

Hello everyone, Just uploaded a German document to the website from the Kriegsmarine Naval Construction Office (Hauptamt Kriegsschiffbau (K)), dated 1941. It is a comparative study of the battleships Richelieu and Bismarck. Link below: http://www.kbismarck.com/bismarck-richelieu-vergleich.html No En...
by José M. Rico
Thu May 31, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 3857

Re: Bismarck analysis

Junack stated that a shell entered the port turbine room around 0930 and another shell entered a boiler room between 0915 and 0930, so things could not have been quite so peaceful as all that. I don't recall Junack ever saying that, but in any case there is little doubt that the scuttling procedure...
by José M. Rico
Tue May 29, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 3857

Re: Bismarck analysis

About the ship's scuttling, we have the testimony of Kapitänleutnant (Ing.) Gerhard Junack who survived the sinking: "Somewhere about 1015 hours, I received an order over the telephone from the Chief Engineer [Korvettenkapitän (Ing.) Walter Lehmann]: 'Prepare the ship for sinking.' That was the last...
by José M. Rico
Sun May 27, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder/Bismarck photo research
Replies: 9
Views: 2980

Re: Raeder/Bismarck photo research

Yes, I agree.
Lützow did in fact arrive in Gotenhafen on 11 April (she entered the harbor the next day) and Bismarck was at Seebahnhof between 11-14 April.
by José M. Rico
Sun May 27, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder/Bismarck photo research
Replies: 9
Views: 2980

Re: Raeder/Bismarck photo research

Antonio, I have just realized that the photo you posted can NOT be from November 1940, since the Bismarck has dark turret tops and the battleflag is hoisted from the mainmast (it should be at the stern flagstaff). As for the cruiser, it has the bow towards Bismarck, and, I may be wrong but it looks ...
by José M. Rico
Sat May 26, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder/Bismarck photo research
Replies: 9
Views: 2980

Re: Raeder/Bismarck photo research

Wow! Great photo, thanks for sharing! :ok: Do you know the exact date it was taken? I have checked Bismarck's KTB again (see scan below), and now I think it can only possibly be 16-18 November when Bismarck was at Seebahnhof. The rest of days the battleship was at sea or anchored in the Bay of Danzi...
by José M. Rico
Fri May 25, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder/Bismarck photo research
Replies: 9
Views: 2980

Re: Raeder/Bismarck photo research

Thank you very much for your reply Antonio, your plan was especially helpful. OK then, since we agree it is the cruiser Köln moored there, I just checked the ship's KTB and found that Köln was indeed in Gotenhafen at that time. She arrived in Gotenhafen on 16 November from Kiel, and remained there u...
by José M. Rico
Thu May 24, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder/Bismarck photo research
Replies: 9
Views: 2980

Raeder/Bismarck photo research

This is a still taken from "Die Deutsche Wochenschau" film, dated 11 December 1940. It shows Admiral Raeder inspecting the crew of the Bismarck in Gotenhafen. Raeder's visit was not recorded on Bismarck's KTB, but it most likely took place during the second half of November 1940. http://www.kbismarc...
by José M. Rico
Wed May 16, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Photo Identification
Replies: 26
Views: 8918

Re: Photo Identification

OTOH the dress code could be ordered different from regulation. Peaked caps for example had to be white after April 20th for all Officer, but you will hardly find a picture with white caps at all. There are several photos of Lindemann wearing a white cap in May 1941 before Rheinübung. However durin...