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by Dave Saxton
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: WW2 fighter aircraft wings
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: WW2 fighter aircraft wings

The P-47 and the Zero had elliptical wings. The clipped wings versions of the Spitfire was done to increase the rate of roll. The Spitfire without clipped wings had a slow rate of roll, which put it at a disadvantage against the FW-190, particularly. The FW-190 had the highest rate of roll of any WW...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: Got to be kidding
Replies: 9
Views: 2244

Re: Got to be kidding

There has been a return to sanity: https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf It's like it never happened. Some comments by Anthony Watts: The new National Defense Strategy makes no mention of “global warming” or “climate change”. The document makes n...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 68
Views: 1985

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

I was expecting bearing measurement to be much less precise than an optical measurement (due to the width of the lobe) but I do trust your clarification of course. The Seetakt radars after mid 1940 used a type of fine bearing indication called radattel peilung. It was a phased array scanning of onl...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The loss of contact (May 24 / 25)
Replies: 68
Views: 1985

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

... and based on pure radar range (good), bearing (I don't know how good...) and estimated course/speed (quite bad with the radars of 1941, as radar is in its infancy for Germans too) . In the case of the FuMO27 radars on Bismarck and Prinz Eugen in 1941 this would be calculated by the fire control...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Can the German Navy Be Saved?
Replies: 4
Views: 394

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: 394

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: 46
Views: 1115

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: 1275

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: 904

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: 904

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: 3259

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: 3259

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: 3259

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: 3259

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: 3259

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...

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