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by Dave Saxton
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942
Replies: 20
Views: 6448

Re: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942

If we look at what hits Kirishima was historically able to achieve on South Dakota , that could perhaps give us some insight.......... Another Type 0 hit the ship against the belt armor between the two fore 5" mounts, which had it been APC (35.6cm or 46cm) would've likely penetrated the main armor ...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: B29's in UK
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: B29's in UK

I would not be surprised that the RAF had B-29s in the early Cold War as the Iron Curtain was falling over eastern Europe. The B-29 was the only long range delivery system of nuclear weapons during that time period. The British would need B-29s to present a nuclear deterrence in Europe against the U...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: 'Superior' German & Japanese Optics & Rangefinders
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: 'Superior' German & Japanese Optics & Rangefinders

It should be understood that the Germans used a completely different set of night optics for fighting at night or low light conditions from the their standard day optical equipment sets.
by Dave Saxton
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Scharnhorst Radar Set
Replies: 17
Views: 2652

Re: Scharnhorst Radar Set

Passive radar can not tell you how far away the detected transmitter is. Or from what type of ship it is on. It can only indicate a general direction from which it came. We know from survivor testimony that the alarm was sounded and they were called back to battle stations at 16:00 based on radar co...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Scharnhorst Radar Set
Replies: 17
Views: 2652

Re: Scharnhorst Radar Set

Hi Dave, do you think the new centimetric radar detector implied the removal of all the previous passive set antennas (including the Bali and the Sumatra), or just the Timor was removed and the previous set remained with the Bali and Sumatra antennas ? Was the new centimetric set able to detect als...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942
Replies: 20
Views: 6448

Re: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942

The Japanese reports as well as the commentary by Adm Kondo cited by Frank, claim that the torpedoes launched against the BBs were fired under ideal conditions to obtain multiple hits. It is a puzzlement.
by Dave Saxton
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?
Replies: 87
Views: 3368

Re: What if Bismarck hit Rodney early on?

Gentlemen, I believe that one report said that the back of one turret (B?) was blown out, would a direct hit from a 16" have done that, if so how would that have occurred? I have heard of this incident, but the reported timing is much later during the battle. It was not at the time of the first hit...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Standard v full load
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: Standard v full load

Standard Displacement is a creation of the treaties. The Rs and the QEs predate the treaties so that was not factor in their designs. The Rs were probably designed to get more ships for less money per ship than the QEs. Standard displacement, according to the Treaties, was the ship fully stored and ...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

IMHO, the 3 cruisers weren't capable of tackling Scharnhorst either. Only poor visilibty helped them , During the second skirmish of the historical battle, Scharnhorst swept the cruisers aside with ease, even without a forward radar. Bey broke off only because of the risk poised by destroyer torped...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Tirpitz, unlike Scharnhorst, had three radars that could see forward by late 43/early 44, one possibly with a PPI. Their reliable range was plus 30,000 meters. Only incompetence or very bad luck causes Tirpitz to be brought to battle under such favorable, to the RN, circumstances. If we go forward i...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

US Washington class had as well alot of missions (Arctic convoy duty, Guadalcanal fight-to-the-death missions, AAA coverage of fleet carriers, coastal bombardment). Japanese Kongo class (4 units) also had ample war coverage, from carrier escort to coastal bombardment, Java battles, Indian Ocean for...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

northcape wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:37 am


I like them very much, but still I think they had many deficiencies.
All one must do is look at the upgrades incorporated into Vanguard to identify the deficiencies.
by Dave Saxton
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Thanks again Dave for your input, poor old KGV class, they don't seem to have many supporters do they? I like the KGVs actually. They were fast and well armoured. They operated in adverse and diverse conditions and were capable of fighting at night. They incorporated many innovative design elements...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Type 284P would not have altered the circumstances in favor of Anson. Not even Type 274.
by Dave Saxton
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Anson and Tirpitz
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Anson and Tirpitz

Scharnhorst operating with its radars switched off was most likely due to how pressed for time Bey was in getting the operation under way, rather than as a matter of KM doctrine. When Kapitan zer See Helmut Giessler began investigating why Scharnhorst's radars did not catch the approach of the enemy...