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by Dave Saxton
Mon May 15, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Washington v Tirpitz
Replies: 8
Views: 243

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: 6
Views: 274

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: 128

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: 927

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: 1446

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: 1446

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: 6
Views: 274

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: 128

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...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Air war Europe- 1944

The Invasion was scheduled for 1944 but no invasion could be undertaken if the Luftwaffe still held air superiority over the continent. Wresting control of the air from the Jaggwaffe would be no easy task. Following the Battle of Britain, the Jaggwaffe was able to usually fight on its own terms over...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Air war Europe- 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Air war Europe- 1944

This is in follow up to some posts in this thread: http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=6686 Following 2nd Schweinfurt, there was a pause from deep penetration daylight bombing missions until fighters could be made ready to escort the bombers all the way to and from the target. Th...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons series.
Replies: 2
Views: 157

PBS: Nazi Mega Weapons series.

Saw the Bismarck and Tirpitz episode last night: http://www.pbs.org/nazi-mega-weapons/season-two/ It was not too bad, but not too good either. Strictly entry level stuff. For a 14 years old it might be a primer. I realize that at this level they can not cover many details, particularly in a approxim...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: 1943 German raid on the Isle of Wight
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: 1943 German raid on the Isle of Wight

I don't know have any evidence to corroborate the actual raid, but a German raid to capture cathode ray tubes in 1943 does make some sense. The Germans of course used cathode ray tubes, which they called Braun tubes, but they lacked cathode ray tubes with long persistent phosphors suitable for PPI d...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: THE SCHWEINFURT/REGENSBURG RAIDS-AUG. 1943
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

2nd Schweinfurt

The 2nd Schweinfurt mission occurred on Oct. 14th 1943. The losses were exactly the same: 60 bombers lost. There is nothing but the Luftwaffe to blame these losses on. There were no timing foul ups that put a second stream of bombers in the zone of refueled and rearmed fighters, as what happened dur...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: THE SCHWEINFURT/REGENSBURG RAIDS-AUG. 1943
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

The Muenster raid

On Oct. 14th, 1943, the 8th Airforce bombers went back to Schweinfurt. The losses were just as horrendous. Sixty bombers lost. This time there were no foul ups of timing. Fog did delay the departure of two P-47 fighter groups, but this would not turn out to be a factor. Why the losses? The answer is...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class
Replies: 22
Views: 927

Re: Alaska Class vs Dunkquerke Class

I believe that this was not the first time a US BB lost her radar through concussion (was it Washington?), it seems to be very fragile. It was a general problem with all radars of the WWII era, not just on American warships. This is because that was during the vacuum tube era. It is the nature of v...

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