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by Dave Saxton
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Yaw deck?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Yaw deck?

The one that is often referred to as the weather deck.
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu vs. Bismarck
Replies: 23
Views: 491

Re: Richelieu vs. Bismarck

the french machinery needs roughly 8000 m³ in comparison to the german machinery which needs around 14000 m³, in my eyes a quantum leap, the best part of the french ship. But this difference seems to be of an order of magnitude and even more so when one considers Richelieu's greater power output. I...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu vs. Bismarck
Replies: 23
Views: 491

Re: Richelieu vs. Bismarck

spicmart wrote:Is it true that Richelieu, out of all modern BBs, was the only one that could reload without changing the elevation of its guns?


The British 15" twin could. I'm not sure about the versions with max elevation increased to 30 degrees, however.
by Dave Saxton
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu vs. Bismarck
Replies: 23
Views: 491

Re: Richelieu vs. Bismarck

There is only one deck in Richelieu (my very large TIFF images are actually of Jean Bart) between the 22 mm weather deck and the 170 mm armour deck over the main magazines. The weather deck further aft seems to be 26 mm over 150 mm but there is still only one deck between. I think that the British,...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu vs. Bismarck
Replies: 23
Views: 491

Re: Richelieu vs. Bismarck

As for the ineffectiveness I read it somewhere and just found this quote of Thorsten Wahl: On the other side the Richelieu had a very powerful machinery. The HP output was increased in comparison with the german machines. aditional the weigth was roughly 500 tons less according with the german piec...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu vs. Bismarck
Replies: 23
Views: 491

Re: Richelieu vs. Bismarck

And why was the german propulsion system so uneffective? The German propulsion system was ineffective? I have not heard of that before. A case could probably be made that it was less reliable or less durable than expected. However, nobody's system was fully reliable or timelessly durable. That is w...
by Dave Saxton
Tue May 30, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Best rebuilt battleship?
Replies: 62
Views: 10123

Re: Best rebuilt battleship?

Deck armor, TDS and increased AA capacities are also paramount for an older ship to survive WWII. Deck armour is an elephant in the room when it comes to modernized old battleships. Even modernized they did not have sufficient deck armour for WWII. Many of these older builds were originally built w...
by Dave Saxton
Mon May 15, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Washington v Tirpitz
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Washington v Tirpitz

Gentlemen, Just had a look at the specifications of the Colorado class ships, at 35000 tons and 9x16" guns they seem similar to Nelson and Rodney if that a fair comparison? I suppose that like any battle its going to be the one who h.its first and keeps on hitting is going to win You mean Nort...
by Dave Saxton
Mon May 15, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Yaw deck?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Yaw deck?

I can't speak for Billy, but I do have a copy of a letter from the Bureau of Ordinance to Carnegie Steel that describes the upper deck of the new fast battleships as a "Yaw deck."
by Dave Saxton
Wed May 10, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Air war Europe- 1944

Hi Byron, Yes, I agree about the P-47. The P-47 partly nullified the standard air combat tactics practiced by the Germans, which was fighting primarily on the vertical plane. Nothing could out dive the P-47 and once it got the paddle blade props, it could use its massive horsepower to climb well as ...
by Dave Saxton
Wed May 10, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class
Replies: 22
Views: 1030

Re: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class

I might be wrong on this, but IIRC BB59's shoot against JB was effectively air spotted indirect fire against an target invisible to BB59 because of smoke screens and smoke from nearby dockyards fires. Dave can probably deal with the following: Given the position of JB in a pierside position, surrou...
by Dave Saxton
Sat May 06, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1537

Re: Battle of the Bulge

OpanaPointer wrote:I was just wondering how the US air power would have been nullified long enough for the Germans to reach Antwerp.


I believe only the weather could. The Luftwaffe could not do it by that time period.
by Dave Saxton
Sat May 06, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Battle of the Bulge
Replies: 20
Views: 1537

Re: Battle of the Bulge

The acid test of this statement would be to re-enact the 1940 campaign in France with Gamelin's forces replaced with the US forces of 1944, without the supporting air power. How far would Bradley/Patton be able to succeed where Weygand's counter strike never really got started? What are the conditi...
by Dave Saxton
Tue May 02, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Yaw deck?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Yaw deck?

There are two types of eccentric motion of a yawed shell. These are nutation and precession. Nutation is a rapid eccentric rotation (the rate of the shell's spin) around the longitudinal axis of the shell. Since it is around the longitudinal axis of the shell and it is eccentric, it prevents the she...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Air war Europe- 1944

By D-Day the Allies were able to establish absolute air superiority. There were three major factors that brought this into being: The skill and experience differential. The Germans had 2,283 pilots on June 6th 1944. Losses since January 1st 1944 had totaled 2,262 pilots. A turnover of about 100%. Th...

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