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by JtD
Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battle Tracks at Denmark Strait
Replies: 63
Views: 9691

Re: Battle Tracks at Denmark Strait

Interesting and good work, Vic. I could go on and argue details, but I'd rather give a thumbs up for the overall picture. :ok:
by JtD
Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 64123

Re: Ideal battleship design

If I had remembered the source I would have named it. Sorry. The Bofors managed to maintain about 150rpm per gun. That's not very good. A good 30mm cannon could do about 300rpm with 500g projectiles for about the same output as the Bofors. The Oerlikon had about the same rof as a good 30mm gun (none...
by JtD
Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 64123

Re: Ideal battleship design

... i do not belive the 20 mm were very effective so i would prefer more 40 mm ... So did I, but in fact the vast majority of the 26 planes claimed by SD at Santa Cruz were shot down with the 20mm Oerlikons and late in the war the kills of the US BB's were about evenly distributed between the 5", 4...
by JtD
Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck with Triple Turrets...
Replies: 18
Views: 4312

Re: Bismarck with Triple Turrets...

The change from 35cm to 38cm increased the displacement by about 2000ts or 5%. I think it is reasonable to expect about the same again from an upgrade to 40.6cm.
by JtD
Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Don't be fooled about the Tiger
Replies: 115
Views: 14977

Re: Don't be fooled about the Tiger

I basically agree with lwd. A single engagement doesn't say anything. There are stories of inferior tanks defeating superior ones in almost all possbile combinations. The problem of the JS2 is the gun. In it not an anti tank gun. The tank carries only little ammunition, again only a small proportion...
by JtD
Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:31 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Villers Bocage: don´t be fooled by the Firefly
Replies: 221
Views: 22817

Re: Villers Bocage: don´t be fooled by the Firefly

Prussia in the 7 year war beat 1:17 odds, iIrc.

But the Finns were probably the most effective in WW2 in terms of using their resources.
by JtD
Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Villers Bocage: don´t be fooled by the Firefly
Replies: 221
Views: 22817

Re: Villers Bocage: don´t be fooled by the Firefly

A lot of folks can claim a lot. German individuals claimed the most. The Allies can claim a team victory, though.
by JtD
Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Don't be fooled about the Tiger
Replies: 115
Views: 14977

Re: Don't be fooled about the Tiger

The Tiger compares well with the JSII. In their AT capabilities, it is definitely a close call. As for comparing the Tiger to Shermans and T-34 as comparing them to their homologues. If you want to do that, compare the Sherman and the T-34 with the PzIV, which was the main German tank and also a med...
by JtD
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:04 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Don't be fooled about the Tiger
Replies: 115
Views: 14977

Re: Don't be fooled about the Tiger

The author obviously has an agenda, which is to prove that the impact of air power was smaller than many think it was. Articles with an agenda very often go to far and appear biased. In this particular case, I'd consider the article a good deal of arguments, not the final word on the effects of air ...
by JtD
Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Don't be fooled about the Tiger
Replies: 115
Views: 14977

Re: Don't be fooled about the Tiger

WRT to the effect of air power against the supply columns and the effect against fuel supply, the article also shows some interesting facts and numbers as well. In case you haven't gone through it completely (i.e. just read my quote), I strongly recommend you do. Personally, I think that air power h...
by JtD
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota
Replies: 706
Views: 62400

Re: Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota

Excuse me are you saying 8.5K ~ 15K? No, I'm saying that 6400@25kn is pretty similar to 6640@24kn. The slower speed differential is still considerable and important. I'm just not certain that the ranges are meant to cover the same conditions. Originally, Bismarck was meant to have about 14000miles ...
by JtD
Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Don't be fooled about the Tiger
Replies: 115
Views: 14977

Re: Don't be fooled about the Tiger

Yes, the abandonment of the tanks was to a large degree due to fuel issues. The lack of fuel became more problematic due to aircraft action, but by far isn't the only or the biggest reason for it. But the original point was that most Tigers were taken out by aircraft in a sense where it implies infl...
by JtD
Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:38 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota
Replies: 706
Views: 62400

Re: Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota

Excuse me are you saying 8.5K ~ 15K? No, I'm saying that 6400@25kn is pretty similar to 6640@24kn. If that's the case then you are basically saying all the modern BBs (with the possible exception of the twins, the Dunqurks, and the Yamatos) were the same. I guess on some level that is correct but ....
by JtD
Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:25 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Don't be fooled about the Tiger
Replies: 115
Views: 14977

Re: Don't be fooled about the Tiger

I keep linking to this article: http://web.telia.com/~u18313395/normandy/articles/airpower.html Evidently two of the main causes for losing Panthers were abandonment and destruction by the crews. These two categories accounted for nearly half the Panthers lost and during the period in August they co...
by JtD
Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota
Replies: 706
Views: 62400

Re: Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota

...SD wasn't a contemporary of Bismarck The were in commission at the samg time and SD was clearly operational before Tirptiz. I'd say that makes them contemporary. I think you have the wrong year, SD wasn't ready for action until June 1942, commissioned in March 1942. That's more than a year after...