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by Francis Marliere
Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1950
Views: 125874

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

after 6:03 your opponent was still trying to punch you but the referee (the smoke screen) had already placed himself between him and you... Alberto, I may be mistaken but as far as I know, HMS prince of Wales did not have a smoke generator, and the smoke screen you are talking about was probably ma...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2265
Views: 141805

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

The question is and always was, why should Holland be awarded or should be considered as a great admiral / war hero after making gross tactical blunders which caused his defeat, and the loss of one battle cruiser and 1400 souls? It was his wrong decision to lead with Hood and have PoW following clo...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Cape Matapan and Italian WWII fighting procedures
Replies: 119
Views: 27801

Re: Cape Matapan and Italian WWII fighting procedures

Alberto, I don't know if French Navy was capable to fight by night.

Best,

Francis
by Francis Marliere
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Cape Matapan and Italian WWII fighting procedures
Replies: 119
Views: 27801

Re: Cape Matapan and Italian WWII fighting procedures

In this sense I don't know what was the preparation of the "estimated" Italian navy opponent, the French Marine Nationale regarding night fighting. I know they had no radar and no carrier as well.....therefore I suspect that RM was just measuring herself against the French.....as they did for naval...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Accuracy of Iowa Top Spot optics.
Replies: 14
Views: 8317

Re: Accuracy of Iowa Top Spot optics.

Finally with regards to shock to radar systems it was a problem but was, relatively speaking, fairly rare. We did a survey of all the action reports and gunnery exercises for Mark 8 equipped battleships during the war and the average failure rate was 4.7% for a single unit and a 0.22% failure rate ...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: Operation Soberania
Replies: 7
Views: 9442

Operation Soberania

Gentlemen, in 1978, Argentina and Chile nearly went to war for the possession of 3 islands of the Canal Beagle. The mediation of pope John Paul II did prevent the war a couple of hours before the hostilities begin. I am looking for details on intentions and deployment of both countries fleets but un...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: Falkland war
Replies: 15
Views: 12324

Re: Falkland war

Gentlemen, thanks for your answers. However, I have other questions if you don't mind. During the landing at San Carlos, the battery of Rapiers was among the first things to be unloaded. The SAM were in position on midday on 21st May, but unfortunately were not operationnal untill the 25th. Do you k...
by Francis Marliere
Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: Falkland war
Replies: 15
Views: 12324

Re: Falkland war

Gentlemen, thanks for your answers. However, I still fail to understand why the ARA send Santa Fe. The submarine was too old to fight and too slow to reach South Georgia before the RN. From my armchair admiral's point of view, it makes more sense to send surface ships that can unload and leave SG be...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: Falkland war
Replies: 15
Views: 12324

Falkland war

Gentlemen, I have an interest in the 1982 Falkland war and have a couple of questions. Argentina had 3 Fletcher class destroyers (Rosales, Almirante Storni, Almirante Domecq Garcia) which were paid off in 1982 and 1983. I wonder if this vessels were still operational during the war because they did ...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prinz Eugen stays with Bismarck
Replies: 43
Views: 15080

Re: Prinz Eugen stays with Bismarck

Visibility during the Channel Dash was also very bad, and during the night attack on May 1942 it was also bad. Visibility is only a part of the problem. Sea state and, as you wrote in another post, crew fatigue matter. May 1942 is one year after the Bismarck raid. I guess that ships may have more e...
by Francis Marliere
Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prinz Eugen stays with Bismarck
Replies: 43
Views: 15080

Re: Prinz Eugen stays with Bismarck

Gentlemen, I would like to point out a few things. First, AA fire is by definition umpredictable. There are sometimes 'average' results, but sometimes ships or fleets get unexpected good or bad results (such as the massacre of Betties attacking admiral Turner's ships off Guadalcanal in August 1942)....
by Francis Marliere
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Prinz Eugen stays with Bismarck
Replies: 43
Views: 15080

Re: Prinz Eugen stays with Bismarck

I don't think that separating Prinz Eugen would make "the torpedo attacks MUCH harder". The cruiser would not add so much flak IMHO : the 20 mm guns are too short-ranged, the 37 mm are useless, and the 105 mm ones would have very little engagement time due to the low visibility and would not shoot a...
by Francis Marliere
Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...
Replies: 158
Views: 37535

Re: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...

Gentlemen, comparing the hit rates of several ships does not always tell you which one is the best shooter because in a battle all things are not equal. A good shooter may have a low hit rate because of bad luck and/or he shoots at a difficult target (small, fast, far away, under smoke, steering eva...
by Francis Marliere
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...
Replies: 158
Views: 37535

Re: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...

I would point out that even the best modelisation sometimes gives strange results. As a wargamer, I often see unexpected results in naval wargames : sometimes you can't hit a fish in a barrel and sometimes you hit against all odds. That doesn't mean that the model is bad : it's just good or bad luck.
by Francis Marliere
Wed Apr 01, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Operation C
Replies: 17
Views: 8093

Operation C

Gentlemen, I have two questions on Operation C, the Japanese raid in Indian Ocean, early April 1942. I know that instead of a raid, Japane Navy (or at least a faction of the navy) wanted to invade Ceylon. The project was wargamed aboard Yamato in February, before the IJA veto that cancelled the oper...