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by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 3103

Re: Matapan

Gentlemen,
A quick question, I thought that QE herself was part of the Mediterranean fleet, where was she when Cunningham set sail?
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Draining the ocean -Yamato
Replies: 0
Views: 298

Draining the ocean -Yamato

On TV the other day was another 'Draining the Ocean' program which included the finding of the remains of Yamato, they also produced what was a picture of the remains, the ship is upside down with her bow completely separated and facing the other way from the rest of the ship, which appears to have ...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

"That is if her personnel and equipment had been as good as Cunningham's revitalised antiques at Matapan". Ooh, that's a it unkind, (but no doubt true, I'm a it of QE fan as my dad served in one), I would guess that the three ships at Matapan were thoroughly worked up with an experienced crew and of...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, Another question I'm afraid! If for instance, a ship was firing full broadsides as I believe happened at Matapan and perhaps with Rodney in the final stages of the battle, would their output not be greater than if they just fired salvo's even though perhaps the actual rate of fire overall...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 18, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Britain Sues for Peace 1940.
Replies: 11
Views: 1089

Re: Britain Sues for Peace 1940.

Gentlemen, A interesting question indeed and i'm not sure of the answer. To force a peace settlement both the air force ad the navy would have to have been subdued and the threat of invasion very real. I don't think that Hitlers Generals (the good ones at least!) were ever very keen on the idea due ...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, Before this thread is locked, I would like to suggestthat there should be no more allegations of cowardice towards Capt Leach in any further topics No doubt his decision to disengage raised some eyebrows at the Admiralty before all the facts were known, but not as much as if two capital s...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, The facts are that once A&A put forward their "cowardice and coverup" theory they stepped beyond the pale as serious historians and the resulting years of increasing invective was inevitable. A&A's theory was assembled using the same pseudoscience used by UFO researchers and not surprisi...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, Once again yet another topic has ended up as a rather bad tempered slanging match, this time even involving our moderator who (as always)is doing his very best to keep the peace.Surely, as adults, it must be possible to discuss and debate each others theories and opinions without getting ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

I realise this is probably going to go back (as many other threads have done) to Capt Leach's decision to disengage, but with the reliability of his guns in question I think he had no choice but to act to in order to save his ship. Although I admit that I am an RN fan,I do recognize the excellence ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Alecsandros wrote: "a better option would have been steadiyng at 20km from the enemy and pounding away with his 5 working heavy guns" Hi Alec, I fully agree on the tactic you suggest. Re. the number of available guns what you say is correct in case we accept that the shell ring would have jammed ev...
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 251
Views: 8548

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Indeed, the fog of war can be easily eliminated by a simple spray bottle filled with some facts and evidence mixed into a solution of assumptions, opinions, inferences, interpolations, extrapolations, guesses, pre-judgments. Works every time. That is why the study of history is so elementally simpl...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, Once again, even in this thread, some of the posts have reverted back to the actions of Capt Leach who, in other posts on this Forum has been all but accused of downright cowardice by some members due to his decision to retire from the battle. While not wanting to reopen this particular p...
by paul.mercer
Thu May 30, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 3103

Re: Matapan

Thanks Alberto, As you say, the Italian Cruisers took an enormous amount of punishment and while they were not sunk immediately they were certainly incapacitated, so it shows how well built those ships were. I often wondered what would have happened if it had been Vittorio Veneto instead - I would g...
by paul.mercer
Wed May 29, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9519

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Thanks again alecsandros,
It must have bee bloody miserable for those poor chaps in the forward shell rooms.
by paul.mercer
Wed May 29, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 3103

Matapan

Gentlemen, just having a little read on the battle (slaughter) at Matapan. From what I gather the RN fleet comprising of battleships, Warspite, Valiant and Malaya, plus the carrier Formidable and escorts were trying to find the Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto which was supposed to be stopped due ...