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by Patrick McWilliams
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: "Naval History" Magazine, December 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 5162

Re: "Naval History" Magazine, December 2017

OpanaPointer wrote:You might post this at forum.axis.history.com. I would search the forums for an existing thread. :whistle:
Fair enough, but KBismarck.com is (one of?) the premier sites for Bismarck and I've been a member here for years - even if I've been quiet in recent times :whistle:[/
by Patrick McWilliams
Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: "Naval History" Magazine, December 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 5162

"Naval History" Magazine, December 2017

Season's Greetings everyone :) I see that Robert J. "Bob" Winklareth, a former prolific contributor to this site, has an article entitled "The Not-So-Mighty Bismarck" in the above publication. Has anyone else seen it and what do people think of his thesis that "The German battleship Bismarck mounted...
by Patrick McWilliams
Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: should have the prinz eugen stayed with the bismarck ?
Replies: 201
Views: 16013

Re: should have the prinz eugen stayed with the bismarck ?

Well Dan,

Good luck with your quest! Clearly the cargo was of such critical importance that Prinz Eugen had to wait for almost nine months before returning to Germany...

Regards,

Patrick
by Patrick McWilliams
Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: 'The Battle of the Denmark Strait', R. Winklareth
Replies: 2
Views: 5906

'The Battle of the Denmark Strait', R. Winklareth

Subtitled 'a critical analysis of the Bismarck's singular triumph', this book came out quite a few months ago.

Are people on here aware of it and what do you think of it?

Regards,

Patrick
by Patrick McWilliams
Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: should have the prinz eugen stayed with the bismarck ?
Replies: 201
Views: 16013

Re: should have the prinz eugen stayed with the bismarck ?

Another point that is not inconsequential in all this is the need for Bismarck to conserve 'some' fuel, even a small amount, to be able to fight a prolonged battle at the highest manageable speed with any British battleships she might encounter on the way to France. The choice of 20 knots can't have...
by Patrick McWilliams
Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Returns to Norway
Replies: 154
Views: 13574

Re: Bismarck Returns to Norway

Scharnhorst is at best 3 knots faster than KGV and probably only 2 knots faster ?? So KGV is suddenly almost as fast as Bismarck, i.e. capable of 29.5 knots instead of 28 knots? >"I think you should spent a little more time researching prior to posting". Indeed. People in glasshouses need to be car...
by Patrick McWilliams
Mon May 27, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: HMS Prince of Wales - Lost and now Found
Replies: 27
Views: 5077

Re: HMS Prince of Wales - Lost and now Found

Hi Vic, It occurs to me that the object you believe might be one of POW's funnels is far too large for that to be possible. We're talking about objects of almost pin-prick size on the horizon to the naked eye. Now, you will doubtless ask me what that object is. My answer is: I don't know but probabl...
by Patrick McWilliams
Sun May 27, 2012 6:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck's 71st anniversary
Replies: 19
Views: 5402

Re: Bismarck's 71st anniversary

Yes Karl, I echo your thoughts on the enduring impact of this wonderful ship. And I use that term without apology. Bismarck's extremely brief career - a comet flashing across the sky - was scintillating (an adjective I used with reference to the Denmark Strait battle thread). Of course, there are pe...
by Patrick McWilliams
Sun May 27, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battle of Denmark Strait - questions unresolved?
Replies: 12
Views: 3783

Re: Battle of Denmark Strait - questions unresolved?

On the anniversary of this great ship's sinking, it is good to see that new information on the DS battle is still being provided and that new angles are available to us.

This 'refresher', as Antonio refers to it, is most welcome.

Thanks to everyone and keep it coming!

All the best,

Patrick
by Patrick McWilliams
Thu May 24, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battle of Denmark Strait - questions unresolved?
Replies: 12
Views: 3783

Re: Battle of Denmark Strait - questions unresolved?

Folks, there have been some very useful replies to date - many thanks. The only thing I can't square on first reading is what Tommy wrote below - though his comments may be general to the battle and not specific to the question asked. Unless I'm mistaken, by moving starboard of Prinz Eugen as both s...
by Patrick McWilliams
Wed May 23, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battle of Denmark Strait - questions unresolved?
Replies: 12
Views: 3783

Battle of Denmark Strait - questions unresolved?

Friends, With the 71st anniversary of this historic and scintillating naval engagement almost upon us, Jose has said it's ok to start a new thread on an old topic. My point is to see if people can shed *new* light on some of the issues that remain, or may remain, open to the present. Some of the maj...
by Patrick McWilliams
Fri May 11, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Audio recording of Bismarck's Launch Ceremony
Replies: 2
Views: 1943

Re: Audio recording of Bismarck's Launch Ceremony

Paul, I'm amazed no one has commented on this - amazing stuff. While I don't speak German, I listened boh to Hitler's and Raedar's speeches at the ship's launch, and the German Radio announcement of the sinking of the Hood, and was able to pick up enough words to have an idea of what was being said....
by Patrick McWilliams
Mon May 30, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Did Bismarck offer surrender?
Replies: 51
Views: 13315

Re: Did Bismarck offer surrender?

There have been several stories in the British press recently about so-called attempts made by Bismarck to surrender. These suggest that members of the crew, scarcely with the authority of the ship's command, sent one or more messages in morse code and hoisted a black flag to request a truce. I don'...
by Patrick McWilliams
Fri May 27, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 70th Anniversary, sinking of the Bismarck
Replies: 49
Views: 10755

Re: 70th Anniversary, sinking of the Bismarck

The BBC website has an interview with Jock Moffat, the RAF pilot credited with launching the torpedo that was fatal for Bismarck. (Hope it's ok to link to an external site, Jose) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-13573526 On this day, the 70th anniversary of the sinking of this wonderful...
by Patrick McWilliams
Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tovey's decision
Replies: 60
Views: 7859

Re: Tovey's decision

Re this thread... Rodney wasn't part of Tovey's thinking until after the Denmark Strait disaster, when she was detached from escort duties/trip for repairs and ordered to join the chase for Bismarck. So the comment that the strongest "pair" was KGV and Rodney is correct but only in the context of pu...