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by tommy303
Mon May 08, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1821

Re: Battle of the Bulge

All in all, I would say that the German offensive was something of a forlorn hope in the Victorian sense in that it could do little more than demonstrate the Wehrmacht was still an entity to be regarded with caution. It made a certain amount of sense in tactical terms, but strategically it was a mis...
by tommy303
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

Re: Ian Ballantyne's views on Bismarcks distruction

Was not Titanic's designer Thomas Andrews?

As to the late Anthony Preston, he was often wrong and at times self contradictory.
by tommy303
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 14656

Re: Cover up synopsis

If too difficult for your agenda, please try at least to help understanding where did Tovey take the word "temporarily" from (on May 30), when Capt. Leach had not yet mentioned any "more favorable opportunity" ? Presumably, because he was writing after the fact and knew PoW exch...
by tommy303
Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: The Age of Sail (1571-1860)
Topic: ships sailing from London to Boston in 1820-1850 range?
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Re: ships sailing from London to Boston in 1820-1850 range?

I would think Bristol would have also been a major departing port as well.
by tommy303
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 437
Views: 17866

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

Agreed. Besides, were there not several main armament problems on Prinz Eugen during the action? If I remember correctly B turret missed a salvo and then fired only one gun in the turret for the next 13 ordered salvos due to a technical problem, while operational errors caused A turret to miss four ...
by tommy303
Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 437
Views: 17866

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

I don't think Bismarck fired particularly fast after Schneider ordered fire for effect once the Gabelgruppe had been spotted. Hood and Bismarck were on a converging course which would have caused rapid changes in range from salvo to salvo; additionally, Hood's course was slightly curving due to Holl...
by tommy303
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: why did lutjens break radio silence
Replies: 31
Views: 2005

Re: why did lutjens break radio silence

Gentlemen, I'm not sure if this is a myth, but was Lindemannn not heard to say "I will not have my ship shot from under my arse"? If so then it must have been Lutjens who hesitated in opening fire.I have been told that in a sea battle, the Admiral controls the battle but the Captain contr...
by tommy303
Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 437
Views: 17866

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

Yes, one would normally wait for spotting the fall of shot of the deflection salvo before firing the bracket group to test range. There were instances where Bismarck fired deflection salvos very far short--during the reengagement with Prince of Wales and when engaging Sheffield on the evening of the...
by tommy303
Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 437
Views: 17866

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

Hello Alberto, Normally in opening fire it was usual in the Kriegsmarine to fire a deflection salvo with all main battery guns--i.e., in Bismarck's and Prinz Eugen's cases, all four turrets. This initial salvo or broadside was intended to test deflection---check fall of shot for line, rather than ra...
by tommy303
Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: why did lutjens break radio silence
Replies: 31
Views: 2005

Re: why did lutjens break radio silence

Do you see any mystery in Lutjens behaviour or is too much made of it.You see what with his hesitation in opening fire on Hood - he had orders not to engage enemy battleships but he was already under fire - I think perhaps a little too much is made of Bismarck's delay in opening fire on Holland's s...
by tommy303
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: why did lutjens break radio silence
Replies: 31
Views: 2005

Re: why did lutjens break radio silence

The 'long message' was sent over a period of 45 or so minutes, but was broken down into three segments of about 200 words each as per Enigma protocols. Each of these segments could be sent by an average telegraphist in about four minutes, with a long enough pause in between each segment for an ackno...
by tommy303
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Modern AAA
Replies: 5
Views: 787

Re: Modern AAA

Hi Steve,

I believe they have proximity fuzes small enough for 4cm now.
by tommy303
Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Need Technical Assistance for a WWII Action Novel
Replies: 10
Views: 920

Re: Need Technical Assistance for a WWII Action Novel

If the destroyer were deploying to Pacific Fleet at Pearl from say a refit at Bremerton Naval Yard in Puget Sound, WA, her captain would probably have followed the currents of the North Pacific gyre a part of the way to conserve fuel and come in towards Hawaii from north-northeast. This could have p...
by tommy303
Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...
Replies: 158
Views: 9634

Re: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...

I believe Raeder was promoted Admiral and posted commander-in-chief of the Reichsmarine in 1928. During the Hitler era he was promoted Generaladmiral in 1936 as the Navy began to grow in size and in April 1939 received his Grossadmiral's baton from Hitler.

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