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by paulcadogan
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen
Replies: 11
Views: 217

Re: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen

RF, I think Inflexible will end up "toast" in this scenario. This is not just about gun size. This is about range, gunnery control, rate of fire, accuracy at long range. The Prinz was very capable of accurate long range fire, with a fire control system that can handle a high rate of change...
by paulcadogan
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 43
Views: 646

Re: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)

Hey guys, @Alberto: IMHO, Ellis is being a bit disingenuous - he was given freedom to maneuver to get the best use of his radar with the other two ships conforming to his movements. So...having Norfolk and PoW trailing him was "cramping his style"? How? He put himself on Bismarck's port BE...
by paulcadogan
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 43
Views: 646

Re: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)

Hi again all, Marc, many thanks for posting that. We all seem to forget sometimes that for some reason which maybe Dave could explain, radio signals could take quite some time from transmission to receipt - even when the recipient was in close proximity! It seems counter-intuitive, but still seems t...
by paulcadogan
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 43
Views: 646

Re: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)

Hi all! All the very best to everyone for 2018! I agree here with the questioning of WW's decision to keep the three ships together on the Bismarck's port beam/quarter. We understand how that came to be after Suffolk came under fire during the detachment of PG, and WW's concern for her security duri...
by paulcadogan
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: SEASON'S GREETINGS!
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: SEASON'S GREETINGS!

A warm Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Stony Hill in Kingston, Jamaica (where the temperature is a "chilly" 28 C (83 F) to everyone!! :D
by paulcadogan
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?
Replies: 327
Views: 4993

Re: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?

Hi all, Thanks to all for accepting my thoughts in the spirit in which they were given. I'm not going to belabour the points I made as I accept that opinions may differ and after all this time, I don't think they will change. That's the way it is, but hey...imagine if we all thought the same way how...
by paulcadogan
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?
Replies: 327
Views: 4993

Re: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?

Hi Antonio and everyone, Antonio, I thank you for your very kind assessment of me. Maybe too kind! But I'll try to answer you the best way I can, having given things much thought. Please bear with me! 1) have you tried to realize the real distances of Suffolk and Norfolk on a real scale map, compare...
by paulcadogan
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?
Replies: 327
Views: 4993

Re: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?

Hi guys, Consider this regarding Norfolk's actions up to 0555: Kill all hindsight. Put yourself on Norfolk's bridge at 0535. You are steaming alone on course 240. You cannot see your consort Suffolk, some distance to starboard based on your DF bearings. You believe the enemy is somewhere on your sta...
by paulcadogan
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Hoods bell
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: Hoods bell

Wow! :shock: Kevin I feel your pain! Although I do understand the sentiments of those who wanted it left alone back then, what a memorial to Repulse that could have made in the right and proper place, where it could truly contribute to preserving her memory, and to symbolically bring home all those ...
by paulcadogan
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Hoods bell
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: Hoods bell

Hi Kevin, Hmmmm.... seems that it's pretty standard shape as far as RN bells of the time went. Comparing to Prince of Wales' bell, to me, they are of similar basic shape except for Hood's special inscriptions. The bell was originally on her predecessor, the predreadnought battleship: Inscribed aroun...
by paulcadogan
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Hoods bell
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: Hoods bell

No offense meant, but is that photo really of the bell that David Mearns recovered from the wreck of Hood? It most certainly is Kevin. See the Youtube videos below. Recovery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG4YWMwkAvA Restoration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NZn3B0yCiE Unveiling: https://www....
by paulcadogan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 1050
Views: 22485

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hi All, @Wadinga: Wishing you a very happy retirement! Thanks for sharing your findings! Re: Hurricanes: Jamaica is quite safe from Irma. We may get a bit of rain from the tail end of it maybe on Friday, that's all. And we should be quite safe from the next one in line...JOSE' (Hello Jose' Rico!! :D...
by paulcadogan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?
Replies: 327
Views: 4993

Re: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?

Hi all, Great to speculate, but do you really think documents would survive over 70 years under pressure of water 15,000 feet down - even in a water-proof bag or safe? We might have a better chance of finding the supposed photos of Hood's demise taken from PoW (from the IWM interview of that PoW cre...
by paulcadogan
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?
Replies: 327
Views: 4993

Re: Bismarck original KTB still existing ?

Hi Alberto! Hope you're doing fine! Such a mouth-watering idea, but unfortunately yes crazy! If the ship's documents weren't destroyed in the shelling, when the order to scuttle was given, wouldn't they have been destroyed by responsible officers to ensure they don't fall into enemy hands in case sc...
by paulcadogan
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Royal Navy at War - A Sailor's View
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Royal Navy at War - A Sailor's View

Hi all, I've just discovered a series of documentaries posted on Youtube in January 2017 that feature some great footage of the RN in various phases of the war and thought I'd share. I'll just post the link to the ones I've watched in its entirety so far - the first features colour footage. Royal Na...

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