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by RF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Cape Spada, why did the Italians retreat?
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Cape Spada, why did the Italians retreat?

It was entirely Mussolini's decision to go to war when he must have known that Italy was unprepared for war. The reality of Italy being unprepared when it has to fight would no doubt be depressing to the dictator who made that decision. My main observation on the action itself is that the Italians a...
by RF
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Battleship for Freedonia
Replies: 22
Views: 2844

Re: Battleship for Freedonia

It is around 1936 and I have been appointed as Navy Minister by Freedonia. We are planning to build a battleship or class of battleships. As Freedonia has reasonably good relations with all the World's major naval powers, we are able to use technology from any country. We even have a few engineers ...
by RF
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Norfolk and Suffolk tracks at Denmark Strait
Replies: 211
Views: 14522

Re: The Norfolk and Suffolk tracks at Denmark Strait

For such dumb insolence as per the last post produced by a supposed professional historian simply undermines his credibility and reduces any consideration of these issues to the level of a kindergarten playground.

Just grow up or shut up.
by RF
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: King George V vs. Rodney
Replies: 33
Views: 4604

Re: King George V vs. Rodney

Yes, Rodney can steer to try to maintain the desired angle, but battles are fluid and I think it is unlikely that the desired angle will be exactly maintained for the whole action as the KGV moves and Rodney has to counter move to correct. There are many caveats to this, not least as you say Rodney'...
by RF
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: King George V vs. Rodney
Replies: 33
Views: 4604

Re: King George V vs. Rodney

This really depends on the angle, which won't stay fixed as KGV is the faster ship. Also only six guns could fire straight ahead as the rear turret did not superfire over the two in front.
by RF
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Norfolk and Suffolk tracks at Denmark Strait
Replies: 211
Views: 14522

Re: The Norfolk and Suffolk tracks at Denmark Strait

It is unfortunate that Captain Ellis is dead and cannot defend his reputation in court.
by RF
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Hitting the Gun Barrel
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: Hitting the Gun Barrel

I understand how a warship's turrets are armored against Gunfire, but what about the actual barrels of the guns themselves? Are they armored too? What would it take to knock out the barrel of a large caliber naval gun? was this something that ever happened? As an example, at Denmark Strait, Prince ...
by RF
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Bismarck Crewmember Research
Topic: Wehrpass Oberleutnant Soltau, Bismarck Artillery Officer
Replies: 1
Views: 2763

Re: Wehrpass Oberleutnant Soltau, Bismarck Artillery Officer

Another very interesting thing is that he had 2 times flight training at Flugzeugführerschule (Flight school) Parow and Warnemünde where he was trained as a flight observer. Sounds like training as an artillery spotter for the ship gunnery control. Whether as an artillery officer he would still hav...
by RF
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Bismarck Crewmember Research
Topic: Kurt Trenkmann POW letters
Replies: 7
Views: 2030

Re: Kurt Trenkmann POW letters

There are official de-briefing documents from the interrogation of the Bismarck survivors by naval intelligence which may assist you. I do have some of these documents in PDF however this particular individual is not highlighted. Because no senior officers were captured there was little of practical...
by RF
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: Malvinas/Falklands war - Alleged attack on HMS Invincible
Replies: 150
Views: 71614

Re: Malvinas/Falklands war - Alleged attack on HMS Invincible

Hi. I was a young 17 year old WEM who spent my action stations behind the stws tubes on Andromeda with an SLR fitted with match stick for repitition firing. I had to grow up very quickly over those few months in 1982 but had the honour of doing it with some wonderful people. I think 17 is very youn...
by RF
Wed May 02, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: renown and Rodney v Bismarck in the final battle
Replies: 3
Views: 1732

Re: renown and Rodney v Bismarck in the final battle

Given the state Bismarck was in at the time of the final battle Renown would have had a decent chance without Rodney. In the actual final battle there was also Norfolk and Dorsetshire as well as Rodney. A key factor was that an 8 inch shell from Norfolk knocked out Schneiders' gunnery position in th...
by RF
Wed May 02, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen
Replies: 13
Views: 3678

Re: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen

paul.mercer wrote: [, but we should not forget the hammering that Warspite took when her rudder jammed and she circled right under the German guns.
Warspite of course was a battleship and not a battlecruiser.
by RF
Wed May 02, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Crossing the T
Replies: 10
Views: 3308

Re: Crossing the T

I find the concept of ''crossing the T'' difficult to understand. The ships being engaged from directly ahead by open broadsides are presenting the smallest target profile to the gunnery officers crossing the T. Unless the guns are exactly in line the target is going to be far more difficult to hit ...
by RF
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Victorious and its involvement
Replies: 152
Views: 30754

Re: Victorious and its involvement

Unlikely that Bismarck would be firing its main armament at POW whilst manoeuvring to avoid torpedoes.
by RF
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 11
Views: 3042

Re: Yamotoand Mushashi

Failure to properly co-operate and fight a joint war and instead fighting two separate wars in my view was the single biggest blunder the Axis powers made in WW2.

Ships such as Yamato would have been of far more use in the Atlantic than they were in the Pacific.