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by Bill Jurens
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: British postwar tests on armor
Replies: 82
Views: 1544

Re: British postwar tests on armor

The situation is complex, but it may take me a day or so to properly elaborate. It would be helpful if those interested might supply fairly specific situations to be explored, as the variations which occur in a general situation are so great as to obscure basic principles. So, one needs to compare s...
by Bill Jurens
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Draining the ocean
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Draining the ocean

Paul Mercer wrote: "Bill, I watched a repeat of a film in which you gave some advice called 'Draining the Ocean' where the hypothetically drained the sea away from Bismarck and showing her having been shot full of holes. I realise that the question of whether sh was sunk or scuttled has been dealt w...
by Bill Jurens
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

Someone wrote a few memos back asking if hull flexibility could have been a contributing factor in the apparent mechanical difficulties with the guns of Prince of Wales at Denmark Strait, and presumably elsewhere as well. Without detailed reports at hand, it is difficult to discuss this coherently, ...
by Bill Jurens
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

I have felt it necessary, once again, to make fairly extensive redactions of material which consists primarily of personal criticism directed at other participants in the group. This has been a somewhat onerous, unpleasant, and often thankless task. I have also received a number of personal messages...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

Mr. Virtuani wrote: "The person who acquired it (and who had posted spontaneously so many documents here) has unfortunately been forced to leave this (once free) discussion forum." As a moderator, I am concerned about the apparent allegations that an individual has been '...forced to leave this (onc...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Newcomer Seeking Answers
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Newcomer Seeking Answers

jbhistory wrote: "If the turrets were disabled in this manner. Would you lean on this being a defect in Bismarck's design or would you lean more on it being good Gunnery from British Crews?" Neither. I don't think think the Bismarck design was in any significant way superior or inferior to any of th...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

Regarding Herr Nilsson's letter reference, Alecsandros wrote: I don't understand the final phrase though. The one with honey-combing of compartment. What does it mean ?" I would think the writer is alluding to what he feels must have been extensive internal compartmentation -- presumably on Bismarck...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: British postwar tests on armor
Replies: 82
Views: 1544

Re: British postwar tests on armor

It is pretty much clear that the resistance of multiple plates in close proximity, or actually touching, will not enhance resistance to penetration except in unusual cases. The main issues to be considered in battleship type design, and this usually revolving around the relative thicknesses of decks...
by Bill Jurens
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Newcomer Seeking Answers
Replies: 10
Views: 330

Re: Newcomer Seeking Answers

I am back with my files now, and beginning the catch-up process. So far as the simultaneous loss of two turrets is concerned, I don't think there is enough real evidence around to come to any definitive conclusion. There are a few anecdotal reports that describe a flash of flame etc. in the vicinity...
by Bill Jurens
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

I remain confused as to why the content of what appears to have been a relatively innocuous and fairly brief document reporting the events of some ordnance testing something like 75 years ago apparently represents such a radioactive subject now -- material that would seem to be of such critical impo...
by Bill Jurens
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

Mr. Bonomi has expressed, in some detail, some of my actions as moderator, and requested explanation. Although some members, e.g. Mr. Bonomi, have chosen to withdraw from the forum, I think it an exaggeration to suggest that they have been “forced” to leave. The record will show that I explicitly in...
by Bill Jurens
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

I think both sides have had ample opportunity to express their opinions regarding the ethical issues surrounding the release of the Wilkinson report, and the reasons for withholding all or portions thereof. I would suggest further discussion revolve around the content of materials posted rather than...
by Bill Jurens
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

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by Bill Jurens
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5429

Re: PoW readiness for active service

I remain a bit confused about the Wilkinson report issue. If copyright was not the problem, I remain uncertain as to why the content of the report should be withheld, or released only to “friends”. In other words, why was the report circulated, at least in part, to Dunmuro, with a restriction on fur...
by Bill Jurens
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hit on Bismarck's turret
Replies: 19
Views: 667

Re: Hit on Bismarck's turret

You will read a lot of literary extension in secondary sources. A lot of the apparent detail in these books is quite imaginative, and of little actual historical vale — a writer’s elaboration of what was already somewhat of a sea-story...

Bill Jurens