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by alecsandros
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3577

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

At the end of the action PE had fired ~80 rnds from her after turrets and yet we only see about a dozen cases on deck. The turrets still appear to be aimed forward of the beam, which is odd. No evidence of gun smoke. As a side note, I think many shell casings were rolled over board by hand, or simp...
by alecsandros
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

enemy target ( PoW ) was completely shrouded in chemical smoke Gents, as far as I know, but I understand that I can be mistaken, smoke generators uncommon on large ships (they were fitted on destroyers and sometimes cruisers). Hence, POW probably emitted funnel smoke. Can someone confirm whether it...
by alecsandros
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

The crucial point is we don't know anything about Bismarck's GAR...but obviously something remarkable has happened towards the end of the action. Again, my opinion: enemy target ( PoW ) was completely shrouded in chemical smoke, therefore firing was done by using radar only (similar to Hipper again...
by alecsandros
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

And what if Bismarck fired in local control in the later stages of the action? Towards the end of the morning action, guns in a group were definitely observed to "ripple" as if one or more turrets were in gunlayers' firing. Marc, the ripple effect was probably an effect of firing while using the Se...
by alecsandros
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

@Wadinga You need to consider context before analysing the results. This is hard and takes time, while not offering final conclusions. However, for a clearere historical perspective, cntext is mandatory to be considered. I remember reading somewhere , some time ago, a phrase which sounded like 'cont...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Thanks Alberto,
You're obviously right.

Best,
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, It has been said: as the effective output of PoW in terms of shells delivered against the enemy per minute was better than Bismarck's one Once again Mr Virtuani is at odds with Admiral Santini who he keeps quoting on PoW's performance, whilst apparently having a different idea ...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

. A minor linguistic point. Guns ordered to be fired would ONLY be those actually ready, not the number bearing. The firing officer would have gun ready lights for those guns "ready" (loaded and bearing). Guns that were awaiting completion of the firing cycle or which were casualties would NOT be "...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 61
Views: 11092

Re: Bismarck analysis

Given the storm, and ranges of the observations, no definitive answer can be given. Also to be considered is that in the early phase of the battle, KGV was behind Rodney, and her observations were further hindered by Rodney's funnel smoke and main battery gun smoke. Armor piercing hits are very dif...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

paul.mercer wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:38 am
Gentlemen,
I hope and trust that this post will kill any further comments on the decision by Capt Leach to withdraw once and for all.
During the second battle of May 24th, Prince of Wales fired 41 shells of 48 ordered, for a firing efficiency of 85%.
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

@northcape I once lauded you for your fair-play. Today you showed that you don't know what fair play is... Perhaps you are still young. For you to have the right to talk about what Antonio/Alberto did would first imply YOU would start reading their posts from the beginning... which you have not. Sam...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

The above chaos is obviously what has driven Mr Rico, the owner of this fine and praiseworthy forum, to seek the aid of Bill Jurens. I have known Bill for a LONG time. One would be hard pressed to find a more polite, helpful, even-tempered, reasonable, respectful, resourceful and intelligent gentle...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 251
Views: 9091

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Fellow Contributors. What the captain of Cornwall "knew" about Japanese aerial capabilities and the top-level intelligence available to Somerville gleaned from examining the devastating raids by Nagumo's force on Pearl Harbor and Darwin are probably very different things. Captain Abe(?) was apparen...
by alecsandros
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10469

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Mr. Virtuani: I have read Northcape's post again quite carefully and cannot personally see anything provocative in it at all. It does not take sides, merely characterizing the debate itself as 'childish' and 'rediculous'. No participant is mentioned by name, and in fact -- as mentioned earlier -- N...