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by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A slower but fully capable Bismarck in the final battle
Replies: 8
Views: 267

A slower but fully capable Bismarck in the final battle

Gentlemen, In his excellent reply to my query about Bismarcks poor shooting in the final battle Wadinga wrote: The gale force winds and heavy seas made gunnery conditions for the British ships extremely difficult, limiting the number of hits even at short ranges, and they could manoeuvre to minimise...
by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tonnage and Displacement
Replies: 16
Views: 12455

Re: Tonnage and Displacement

Gentlemen, Many thanks for the info - although its all a bit technical for me! Given the figures quoted, could it be that the Washington treaty and the ones that followed it were actually a waste of time as itwould appear that no-one (except possibly the RN) intended to keep to it or at least interp...
by paul.mercer
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.
Replies: 29
Views: 2606

Re: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.

Gentlemen, In a moment of idleness I dug up this topic from 2013 on the question of the seemingly poor shooting by Bismarck in the final battle. While I can understand that the officers and crew were probably exhausted but I would have thought that as soon as the alarm bell started to ring the adren...
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Two captains on Rodney
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Two captains on Rodney

Hello Paul, If you go to the Bismarck General Discussion page and put Wellings in the Search box you can find 56 references to Lieutenant-Commander Joseph Wellings USN. If you put Coppinger in for Captain Coppinger RN who was also aboard you will find one- from yourself dated 2017! All the best wad...
by paul.mercer
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Two captains on Rodney
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Two captains on Rodney

Gentlemen, I believe that there was another RN Captain and taking passage' to the US on Rodney (I can't remember his name) when she got caught up in the pursuit of Bismarck. As he was one of the senior officers on board I would imagine he had some input during the battle, are there any records or pe...
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1142

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Gentlemen, Thanks for all your info, I suppose the Germans might have been better off to build more 'Pocket' battleships instead of the heavy cruisers as they certainly appear to have has more success in commerce raiding and would have required more RN ships and more firepower to tackle them. it wou...
by paul.mercer
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: PE v Graf Spee
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: PE v Graf Spee

Hi Steve,
Thanks for that.
I think my money would be on Graf Spee, although she would probably be heavily damaged in the exchange.
by paul.mercer
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: PE v Graf Spee
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: PE v Graf Spee

Thanks Thorsten and Steve, It seems that it was mainly the 8" shells from Exeter that damaged Graf Spee but did not Exeter only have 6 x 8*" as opposed to PE 8 x 8" which surely would have made a difference, also was not PE also much larger and heavily armoured than Exeter, even more so than an 8 X ...
by paul.mercer
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

Bill, Steve,
Thanks very much to you both.
by paul.mercer
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: PE v Graf Spee
Replies: 7
Views: 463

PE v Graf Spee

Gentlemen, Forgive me if we have discussed this before but I could not find it if we have. What would be the outcome if Prince Eugen went up against admiral Graf Spee? PE was longer and heavier(almost 19000 tons full load and 212 m long and carried 8x8" guns, whereas Graf Spee was about 16000 tons a...
by paul.mercer
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

Hi Steve and Bill, Thanks for your replies,I'm going a bit off topic here, but perhaps you could help me understand a bit more about reduced charges and super charges. Am I right in thinking that, like most guns a large naval gun would have a chamber and once the shell had been rammed home that cham...
by paul.mercer
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turret weight vs calibre length
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: Turret weight vs calibre length

Thanks for that reply Steve, A quick question, if one reduces this to revolver calibres it seemed to me (when we were allowed t own them!) that a short barreled pistol ofen left a small amount of unburned powder on the firing point particularly when using magnum loads whereas a 6 ot 7" barrel burned...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1142

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Gentlemen,
How did the heavy cruisers like PE stack up against a comparatively armed (8x8") RN Cruiser?
Could either Norfolk or Suffolk have taken her on had they met after she had left Bismarck?
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1863

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Do you know by any chance how many ships were torpedoed at night by Swordfish? Well, three battleships at Taranto is quite a good start. And then there is Bismarck of course, although poor visibility and the weird zone time used for the operation slew this a little. It seems li...
by paul.mercer
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1863

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Gentlemen, At the end of his post HMSVF quoted a point made elseware: On the flip side I read a post on a different site that summed up a lot of the criticism about Bismarck and the RN along the lines of "she was mission killed by the worst treaty battleship and crippled by the worst TBD". Now that ...