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by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

Alecsandros, I don't believe that, as you says, the LW could stop the RN. First, I doubt that the LW would be as efficient as you say. Most of German bombers (I don't even speak of Italian ones) were He 111 and Do 17, which were ineffective against naval targets (poor accuracy, small bombs), and onl...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:27 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

Dave, thank you for the precisions. Anyway, whatever the qualities of German radar network, I am still a bit sceptical about a German landing in England. The network is surely fine for ambushing allied ship but offers little protection for the convoy. I am inclined to think that if German had tried ...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: 3 German battleships in May 1941.
Replies: 119
Views: 17954

Re: 3 German battleships in May 1941.

In 1940 British light forces were virtually useless under cover of darkness, because they had no radar. German destroyers (zerstroyers and TBs) on the other hand had radar, and they and lighter forces also by Sept 1940 had effective shore based radar command and control while operating in the Chann...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Radars of USS Chicago
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Radars of USS Chicago

Gentlemen,

I would like to know which radars carried USS Chicago (CA-29) in mid 1942. Thanks for any help.

Best regards,

Francis Marliere
by Francis Marliere
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: battleship barrel service round limit?
Replies: 11
Views: 8562

Re: battleship barrel service round limit?

Dear Byron, my bad, I was not clear, probably due to my poor English. I know that changing and retubing guns is part of naval maintenance. My point is that changing a big gun is not an easy task and may be problematic. Some navies were short on spare guns (the Japanese build only 27 46 cm guns - hen...
by Francis Marliere
Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Is this a dumb (on my part) question on Bismarck's armor
Replies: 16
Views: 4822

Re: Is this a dumb (on my part) question on Bismarck's armor

Alecsandros, I do know that armor CAN be calculated within a reasonnable error margin. What I meant (sorry if I was not clear) is that one may be very prudent when you don't do the math yourself and use secondary sources. You never know how the calculation was done and you are in danger in comparing...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck construction flaws
Replies: 396
Views: 172343

Re: Bismarck construction flaws

Really? How many ships have you served on? Do tell. Rick, no offense here but it's difficult to agree with you. I don't buy the idea that one need a navy backround to study naval history. I guess that people studying the great plague of 1348 don't need medieval and/or medical backround. Best, Franc...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Is this a dumb (on my part) question on Bismarck's armor
Replies: 16
Views: 4822

Re: Is this a dumb (on my part) question on Bismarck's armor

Steffen, one should be very prudent with this kind of statistics. It's difficult to compare the weight of armor of different ships because the navies of WWII didn't use the same methodology to compute the weight of armor. It's like comparing apple and oranges ...

Best,

Francis Marliere
by Francis Marliere
Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and her contemporaries
Replies: 1296
Views: 169900

Re: Bismarck and her contemporaries

Getting back to the subject of AA, I remember reading that the British Navy fired off a prodigious amount of AA ammunition during the fighting north of Crete, so had to conserve ammunition during the fighting to the south of the island. I forget how effective the AA fire was though. Anyone know? I ...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and her contemporaries
Replies: 1296
Views: 169900

Re: Bismarck and her contemporaries

This same Air Group was cut to pieces in the Solomons in 1942 by American transport ships equipped with Bofers.* Allied ships would find the Bofers in large numbers indespensable as the war progresse Gentlemen, my bad, I read Dave's message too quickly yesterday and missed one point. As far as I kn...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: battleship barrel service round limit?
Replies: 11
Views: 8562

Re: battleship barrel service round limit?

Steffen, battleships and tanks guns are not of the same size and not of the same price. Correct me if I am mistaken, but I assume that changing a WWII tank gun is cheap and easy. Changing a battleship one is very expensive and time consimung (assuming that the guns are available which may not be the...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and her contemporaries
Replies: 1296
Views: 169900

Re: Bismarck and her contemporaries

Gentlemen, I would like to point another reasons why no Swordfish was shot down while attacking Bismarck. The first is awfull weather and visibility that didn't help the gunners. The second is bad luck. Air defense is a strange job in which luck has an important place. We know exemples of unexpected...
by Francis Marliere
Thu May 31, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Precisions on operation BERLIN
Replies: 20
Views: 3476

Re: Precisions on operation BERLIN

Well, in poor visibility (6.5 nm), the cruisers and destroyers have a chance to put a torpedo on a battlecruiser. It's a dangerous buiseness but it can be done (with skill and luck).
by Francis Marliere
Wed May 30, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Precisions on operation BERLIN
Replies: 20
Views: 3476

Re: Precisions on operation BERLIN

"Would the British be able to keep contact and force a clash with out radar? Probably not." Well that makes an interesting scenario for wargaming because the Home Fleet have superior firepower and armor but is too slow to catch S&G. The only way to win is to have light forces taking risks and slow d...
by Francis Marliere
Tue May 29, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Precisions on operation BERLIN
Replies: 20
Views: 3476

Re: Precisions on operation BERLIN

Thanks a lot for your wonderfull answers.

BTW, I am not saying that a clash with Home Fleet was inevitable if German radars had failed. I was just thinking that it was possible (if radar failed AND British lookouts performed better, and ...).

Best regards,

Francis Marliere