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by José M. Rico
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Führer Naval Conferences
Replies: 0
Views: 66

Führer Naval Conferences

In the link below you will eventually have access to all important naval conferences that took place between the Führer and the Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine between 1939 and 1945. These documents, together with many other German Navy files, were captured by the Allies at Tambach Castle nea...
by José M. Rico
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 35
Views: 658

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

The original message was sent by Catalina aircraft M/240 to No. 15 Group, at 1200 hours on 26 May: "4 UN 050 - 10 - 140 - KRGP 4731" 4 unknown vessels bearing 50º - distance 10 miles - course 140º - my position 49º 47' N., 21º 29' W. See here: http://www.kbismarck.com/catalina-reports.html This mess...
by José M. Rico
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941

The Germans were able to intercept some of the British messages sent during Rheinübung, and it is interesting to note that some of the intercepted messages are not included in the Admiralty War Diary. The radio traffic during the chase of the Bismarck was huge, so they must have only included the mo...
by José M. Rico
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 35
Views: 658

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

I really wonder which message Supermarina could have got before B-Dienst and did not pass to Germans... :think: I have not read the article, but from what I have seen, it is the message sent by NORFOLK at 2032 hours on 23 May after sighting the Bismarck in the Denmark Strait. "1 Battleship, 1 cruis...
by José M. Rico
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941

Thank you guys for your help! :ok: 37. “Proceed on assumption enemy turned towards Brest.” Received Norfolk 1045/ 25. This message does not apparently appear in the Admiralty Diary, (can any record be found?) but suggests somebody, VCNS?, giving direct instructions to Wake-Walker, just as were given...
by José M. Rico
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Admiralty War Diary, 22-28 May 1941

Hello all, I began to transcribe the Admiralty War Diary regarding the Bismarck operations into HTML language. It is now presented in a format that is easier to read and understand. Some sections including the 22-23 May part are still missing, but the "operations" part from 24-28 May is already in t...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 368
Views: 23219

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

Well, if Mr. Mearns did in fact work from position 63º 20' North and 31º 50' West (013GFVA21DOO), then it must be a typo on page 115 in his book because the bearing and range digits appear interchanged. By the way, the sinking position that has been shown on this website for more than 15 years, that...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 368
Views: 23219

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

Bill, I may be wrong, but I think Mr. Mearns made a mistake when decoding HOOD's 0543 radio message (1BS 1CR - 17 - UN - 013GFVA21DOO), and therefore plotted the wrong coordinates. On page 115 on his book, he writes: "Hood's last reported position [013GFVA21DOO], given at 5.43 a.m. when she made her...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 368
Views: 23219

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

Hello Antonio, it should be a typo on the Admiralty copy of the messages, ... because the original message is the one I have posted. Why is the message you have posted on 22nd Dec different to the 05:43 message in David Mearns book or on this website? http://jproc.ca/radiostor/hood.html Because, "1...
by José M. Rico
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 368
Views: 23219

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

Just an FYI for everyone, especially Bill Jurens, who may have missed it. This data is extracted from the Admiralty War Diary and the two files contain all the relevant RN radio transmissions from May 22/23 onward: http://www.sfu.ca/~dmunro/images/Bismarckops.pdf http://www.sfu.ca/~dmunro/images/Bi...
by José M. Rico
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: HMS Rodney Preliminary Gunnery Report
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: HMS Rodney Preliminary Gunnery Report

Found this photo of Rodney, Wing gun barrels of "A" and "X" turrets plus the center barrel of "B" turret, (total 5 guns) with a considerable elevation angle. Center guns of "A" and "X" turrets plus the wing guns of "B" turret, (total 4 guns) with no elevation. Just as described in the above gunnery ...
by José M. Rico
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Attack on the Tirpitz by Midget Submarines
Replies: 0
Views: 1741

Attack on the Tirpitz by Midget Submarines

Uploaded to the website, Rear-Admiral Barry's Dispatch about the attack on the German battleship Tirpitz by midget submarines on 22nd September, 1943.

http://www.kbismarck.com/tirpitz-midget-submarines.html
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder report to Hitler about Bismarck operation
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

Re: Raeder report to Hitler about Bismarck operation

Wadinga,
thanks for the website compliments, but there is no need of so many smilies.
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder report to Hitler about Bismarck operation
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

Re: Raeder report to Hitler about Bismarck operation

Especially useful the description of the German formation on 24 morning ("in column"), the open fire (20800 meters) and cease fire (18000) distances, the shells expended by Bismarck (93) and the (unfortunately short) account of the DS battle. As we already know, all that information originates from...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raeder report to Hitler about Bismarck operation
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

Raeder report to Hitler about Bismarck operation

Uploaded the following to the website:
Report of the Commander in Chief of the Kriegsmarine, Admiral Raeder, to the Führer, Adolf Hitler about the Bismarck operation.
Berghof, 6 June 1941.

http://www.kbismarck.com/raeder-berghof-report.html