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by RF
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 27
Views: 585

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

Or , better still, launch an invasion of Malta at the point of declaring war on 10 June 1940..... just as the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor at the point they declared war.
by RF
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: If Bismarck had made it to France
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: If Bismarck had made it to France

ede144 wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:56 pm

The Tanker and support ships would have last longer.
Not necessarily. You don't need radio intercepts to find out where they are likely to be, just a knowledge of the sea and the places most conducive to refuelling and resupply operations. Many supply ships were lost without radio intercepts.
by RF
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 27
Views: 585

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

Alberto,

Thank you for the analysis in your last post, it is most illuminating about the Italian naval position from 1941 onwards.
by RF
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 27
Views: 585

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

Alberto, My comment about Matapan not being as much of a shock in comparison to Hood was based on cruisers being destroyed by battleship guns at almost point blank range, a calamity that could befall any navy - even the RN had inadvertently invited it on 27 May 1941 when Norfolk went perilously clos...
by RF
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 27
Views: 585

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

Matapan might well have come as a shock to the Italian Navy with the loss of cruisers, however surely not quite the same level of shock as the loss of HMS Hood was to the Royal Navy. There is a stark contrast here between the attitudes of Mussolini and Churchill. Declaring war and then forbidding at...
by RF
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Treason May
Replies: 4
Views: 2192

Re: Treason May

You get the politicians you elect, the voters put her there.

2015 and 2017 - all Leave voters should have voted UKIP. Then you would have had Farage as PM, Brexit achieved and UKIP left as the dominant political party in Britain.
by RF
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Can the German Navy Be Saved?
Replies: 5
Views: 5738

Re: Can the German Navy Be Saved?

If the German Navy is to be a significant force then that requires Germany itself to be a significant power in its own right - it is not simply a matter of money and provision of resources on an existing budget. To answer the question directly it would need Germany to have an AFD government that tak...
by RF
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: If Bismarck had made it to France
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: If Bismarck had made it to France

Had Bismarck made it to France Churchill would have made it the number one target for Bomber Command. As Alberto has commented the chain of Atlantic supply ships would be destroyed and the fuel priorities for the Russian Front would make another sortie unlikely. What I would imagine is that the US e...
by RF
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42
Replies: 27
Views: 585

Re: Le Bismarck & Supermarina. LOS! Nº42

If it is the case that the Italians were aware of Rheinubung as it was developing (bearing in mind that they had a naval attache in Berlin) I would find it surprising that the Italians would not seek to take some advantage of it in respect of their own military operations, especially as the battle f...
by RF
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements
Replies: 19
Views: 2762

Re: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements

The German Twins were the most successful German battleships. They were the only capital ships to ever sink a fleet aircraft carrier. They were the only German capital ships to successfully attack British Atlantic shipping. Sinking merchant ships isn't really relevant here as they are not worth the...
by RF
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements
Replies: 19
Views: 2762

Re: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements

During Scharnhorst's last mission, the battle of North Cape, she hit the Norfolk twice, but failed to hit the Duke of York even once. 38 cm guns would have decreased her chances of hitting the Duke of York. Not getting hits with bigger guns doesn't help. Better radar and radar use was needed instea...
by RF
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Was the Blücher really such a bad design?
Replies: 21
Views: 10849

Re: Was the Blücher really such a bad design?

Or rather simply a better design than the Scharnhorst......
by RF
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 38 cm shells
Replies: 60
Views: 21299

Re: 38 cm shells

Neil, I am a little puzzled at the last sentence of your post. Whilst you do mention the 28 cm as the least accurate of the Gernam heavy guns I don't find the AGS gunnery at the RP battle that impressive. It was a much longer action than DS and AGS was able to knock out the Exeter (but not sink her)...
by RF
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements
Replies: 19
Views: 2762

Re: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements

Paul,

Would your arguments alter if the Scharnhorst's operated as a pair as they did before the North Cape foray, with the 38 cm installed for Operation Berlin?