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by RF
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 94
Views: 1119

Re: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?

@ RF, I thank you for your fairness on recognizing the above being all clear facts. I agree, we are all human and we can all make failures in many ways and situations. Then why is it that you feel it necessary to question this officers courage and integrity? In recognising that we are all fallible ...
by RF
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 94
Views: 1119

Re: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?

Hello everybody, Now a question to .....you : do you agree those are facts ? Yes - without any interpretation placed on them with regards to motivation and intent. You have to accept that people are human and can change their minds into how they see things and understand them, particulary when it c...
by RF
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 94
Views: 1119

Re: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?

Should I read an opinion and be told that I and every one else must now realise it is a fact without making a small attempt to suggest that although it may be a valid opinion, it is not a fact? This is a very common tactic used in political argument to close down any genuine debate and to shut peop...
by RF
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Military Historical Dates
Replies: 551
Views: 58224

Re: Re:

He went on to win the Anglo/Zulu war by sheer weight of numbers and firepower brought over from England. Not a particularly memorable or valiant part in British history but that is how it was in those days.. The Texas war of independence in 1836 is always remembered for the Alamo. Yet the decisive ...
by RF
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 94
Views: 1119

Re: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?

Hi Alberto, you're entitled to your opinion Absolutely. You are attempting here on this thread to join your own personal opinion of Wake Walkers character and your opinion as to whether he should have engaged on the morning of the 24th with a threat made about a different operational moment and tac...
by RF
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Flat Earth International Convention 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Flat Earth International Convention 2017

Dave Saxton wrote: Yes, really. Goebbels would approve.


Even more so Lenin, Stalin and any communist leader would approve.
by RF
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Political correctness gone mad?
Replies: 134
Views: 1992

Re: Political correctness gone mad?

Political correctness translates as censorship, plain and simple. It goes beyond censorship. Censorship is simply airbrushing things out so that they cannot be seen or heard. Political correctness geos further - it doesn't block out an issue it doesn't like, instead it confronts and condemns it, in...
by RF
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 971
Views: 21017

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

RF wrote: "The letter cannot be located - that may be because it was destroyed, it may have been lost, it may still be held under the Official Secrets Act, it may have never existed in the first place!" Hi RF, you are right, the SEVERAL letters from Tovey (as per Roskill) cannot be locate...
by RF
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 758

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

If we replace all of Scharnhorst's historical 11in hits with 15in hits, then nothing changes. Additionally the proposed mods to fit 38cm guns to S&G would have increased their displacement, making them slower and probably worsening their already poor seakeeping qualities. There were heavy hits ...
by RF
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 971
Views: 21017

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

I do not thik we need to add anything anymore, ... all is more than clear enough now. What you state is your opinion based on a biased presumption. An academic researcher should not allow preconceived bias to colour his or your judgement. The letter cannot be located - that may be because it was de...
by RF
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Flat Earth International Convention 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Flat Earth International Convention 2017

It has been reported on the BBC today that an international convention is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina by a group of Flat Earth activists. I was curious as to why beliefs in the Earth being flat should persist in today's world, and as to how a flat earth can be justified scientifically. Wel...
by RF
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prince Eugane v AGS
Replies: 52
Views: 1223

Re: Prince Eugane v AGS

The essential point here is that Langsdorf purposely closed the range instead of keeping it open, having initially mistaken Harwood's force as a light cruiser and two destroyers supposedly on convoy escort. Had the range been kept open Exeter could have been pummelled at sufficient range that AGS do...
by RF
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 758

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

There is a further issue here - what if as well Bey had kept his five destroyers in close company and available to give torpedo attack support in any duel with DOY?
by RF
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 758

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

Paul L wrote:pretty sure it was 3 twin 15" gun turrets, not 3 triple 15" gun turrets.


Gneisenau was scheduled for twin 15 inch turrets installation after the Channel Dash - until the ship was burn't out in an RAF raid.
by RF
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape
Replies: 31
Views: 758

Re: A 15" gunned Scharnhorst at North Cape

If we replace all of Scharnhorst's historical 11in hits with 15in hits, then nothing changes. Additionally the proposed mods to fit 38cm guns to S&G would have increased their displacement, making them slower and probably worsening their already poor seakeeping qualities. There were heavy hits ...

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