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by RF
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Battleship for Freedonia
Replies: 26
Views: 4384

Re: Battleship for Freedonia

Having gone into a long discussion on shells we have digressed further from the wider picture outlined in my previous post - what is the purpose of the ships, what are the strategic requirements, who is the enemy etc.
by RF
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?
Replies: 85
Views: 3091

Re: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?

I'm somewhat of the opinion, that if Rodney was disabled early on in the battle; Tovey might actually have broken off the attack as alone KGV might not have been enough. . This was not an option because of the KGV fuel situation, and with Churchill in the background wanting action. KGV would have t...
by RF
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?
Replies: 85
Views: 3091

Re: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?

An interesting post as it does remind me of one point which does remain a mystery to me. Immediately prior to the final battle commencing Norfolk arrived on the scene and misidentified Bismarck as a British ship, approaching injudiciously close to Bismarck. But Bismarck held its fire, why??? Had Bis...
by RF
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?
Replies: 85
Views: 3091

Re: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?

Bismarck was simply overwhelmed by the combined volume of fire, unable to maneuver, and greatly affected by the sea state, and I don't see any other likely outcome to the battle. Correct. However the key at the start was that Rodney provided the bulk of the volume of fire with the heaviest shells. ...
by RF
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?
Replies: 85
Views: 3091

Re: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?

I did start a thread some years ago posing this question which at the time received little response. Potentially a major early hit on Rodney could have changed the course of the last battle but not the final result. The key is exactly how much damage could be caused and how that would impact on the ...
by RF
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Cape Spada, why did the Italians retreat?
Replies: 4
Views: 1940

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: 26
Views: 4384

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: 19808

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: 5913

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: 5913

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: 19808

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: 2276

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: 3518

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: 3794

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: 78291

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...