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by Dave Saxton
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Can the German Navy Be Saved?
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Can the German Navy Be Saved?

Less money in the people's pockets by any means is the same effect. It always retards economic growth and innovation. Energy subsidies in this case are transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. So unnecessary. Moreover, the needed funding to keep the Navy solvent is a fraction of what is being w...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Can the German Navy Be Saved?
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Can the German Navy Be Saved?

Germany has flushed billions down the drain and hamstrung its own economy through its Energiewende policies. All this has proven futile and has always been unnecessary. It boils down to priorities.
by Dave Saxton
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics
Replies: 29
Views: 406

Re: 1941 Criticism of Royal Navy Officers' tactics

One more thing, it was reported that some of Rodney's shots were going well over, as the final range seems to have come down to 1 1/2-2 miles could meaning she could hardly miss, could that be some of her shells passing straight through the superstructure,which by all accounts was absolutely shot t...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Yamotoand Mushashi
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Re: Yamotoand Mushashi

Welding technology wasn't really secret. It had been developed in the private sector for the most part. The reason the Japanese eschewed the use of extensive welding in warships was because they had had bad experiences with it previously. The main reason for this bad experience was because they used...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen
Replies: 11
Views: 278

Re: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen

The 1914 Inflexible guns probably cannot penetrate PG's vitals at any range, because the shells will breakup when striking any armour at all at 20* or greater obliquity. The 1918 AP shells are better and could be a threat should PG's command be foolish enough to close within 20,000 yards. Both the 1...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen
Replies: 11
Views: 278

Re: WW1 HMS Inflexible vs WW2 KMS Prinz Eugen

The cruiser in such a scenario will likely use HE -at least at first. The German 8" AP had an extra large and extra heavy cap, though. De-capping or not may play a role.

On the other side of the coin, can or is the Inflexible using post Jutland munitions?
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2340

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

Alberto Virtuani wrote:
Please, wait for Dave to explain you how WWII rangefinders work and their reliability.


I consider others more qualified to speak to RN optics than myself.
by Dave Saxton
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2340

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

Alberto Virtuani wrote: as at 05:41 both were closer, 9.5sm for SF and 13.5sm for Norfolk


Still 27,000 yards for Norfolk. What would be the point in opening fire with 8" from that distance?
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2340

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

Hipper hit a destroyer with its first salvo on two different occasions in the dark at ranges as great of about 18km with a cruiser caliber weapon, and with slightly inferior FC equipment. Surely BS has even greater potential. W-W has to deal with the possibilities. He can't know what the performance...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2340

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

Hi Dave, I'm not. I have just proposed what is my view in terms of probability and what was the actual shooting at DS with the actual conditions (and also on 23, 24 and 26 out of DS battle). Personally, if you ask me, regarding the first shots , I think Hood fired far below expectations and probabi...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wake-Walker : To engage or not to engage ?
Replies: 179
Views: 2340

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

Hi Duncan, exceptions (and lucky hits) are not the rule but anyway the hits you mention happened below 10sm . At DS no ship hit over 10,44 sm (PoW :clap: 6th salvo). Germans hit only below 10 sm, with PG scoring a hit at 4th salvo from 9.3 sm and Bismarck "only" at her 6th or 7th salvo fr...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The KGV and Adm fuel signals on May 26 and 27.
Replies: 204
Views: 2755

Re: The KGV and Adm fuel signals on May 26 and 27.

Addressing the high command's sending a plethora of messages: London was always transmitting anyway and its location is of course known. If you believe your cyphers to be secure, then the risk involved with sending messages from there are minimized. Of course, interfering with on scene command and a...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The KGV and Adm fuel signals on May 26 and 27.
Replies: 204
Views: 2755

Re: The KGV and Adm fuel signals on May 26 and 27.

2) What is your opinion of Adm Tovey not responding to any message from the Admiralty thru that night ( 26th/27th ) and the morning after ( 27th ), ... while the Admiralty War Room members ( Pound, Phillips, Power ) were keep on sending " suggested direction " messages on what to do to hi...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 49
Views: 858

Re: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)

Re: Sleep - One can and must appreciate the serious effect of sleep deprivation on all the officers involved. Grenfell spends a couple of paragraphs discussing this. Decision-making could very easily have been affected - and I do suspect it was. Apparently both WW and Phillips were given benzedrine...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 49
Views: 858

Re: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)

With visibility dropping to 6 miles, either Norfolk and/or POW deployed opposite of Suffolk is of little value in hemming in the Bismarck. Bismarck likely slips by unnoticed anyway. When the Scheer passed back through the Denmark Strait in March 1941, it followed closely in the wake of a radar-less ...

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