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by Steve Crandell
Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15048

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

I looked at Hornfischer's references and I can't seem to find one to an action report that doesn't include the damage report. Here is section 10 or the action narrative (Section II of the damage report) from South Dakota; the part pertaining to the period during which she received gunfire damage: 10...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval battles of Guadalcanal
Replies: 4
Views: 1724

Re: Naval battles of Guadalcanal

Wow, thanks for the tabulation of sources!
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: IJNS Kirishima Damage & Loss Analysis
Replies: 12
Views: 7887

Re: IJNS Kirishima Damage & Loss Analysis

... Very interesting Steve. What is still unknown to me is if a definitive id of the sunken vessel was done ? Many say it could be the Hiei... which sank very close to the Kirishima, and was also riddled with shell holes. One of them would have 16" diameter holes in it, but after all this time I'm ...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15048

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

No its a book of some 500 pages. It's absolutely the best and most important history of the Guadalcanal naval battles yet written. I highly recommend it. Its not perfect, but I put more faith in Hornfischer's (or Hammel's) analysis than I do in the battle reports and such. The battle reports and da...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: IJNS Kirishima Damage & Loss Analysis
Replies: 12
Views: 7887

Re: IJNS KIRISHIMA DAMAGE & LOSS ANALYSIS

Has any further research been done on this wreck since the original prognosis by R. Lundgren, many have submitted observations on forums, but has any definitive conclusion been established and published. Do their shipwrecks have any appeal to the Japanese themselves. There has always been the debat...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Guadalcanal naval campaign
Replies: 35
Views: 4289

Re: Guadalcanal naval campaign

I've been reading "Neptune's Inferno", and it definitely leaves one with the impression that the Japanese weren't holding anything back. They had serious fuel shortages to deal with, as well as heavy losses of pilots.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120952

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

I just reviewed the statement from Baron Mullenheim-Rechberg in his book "Bismarck - A Survivor's story". He was tasked with keeping the British cruisers under observation as Bismarck opened fire on Hood. He states on Pg 108 of my book: "The cruisers, still twelve to fifteen nautical miles astern, f...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120952

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Hi Steve, Welcome aboard the debate. Do you favour the Prosecution or Defence, or are you still undecided? :wink: Speaking as a former watch keeping officer, which do you think is more reliable, a ship's log entry giving a bearing and time, 220 and 05:50, presumably measured with a Pelorus , or the...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120952

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Hello everybody, @ Steve Crandell, I think you should find interesting to realize at what distance RearAdm W.F. Wake-Walker was thinking that Norfolk 8 inches ( 203 mm ) guns were at effective range. As you can read yourself, he considered correct to open fire only when it was possible to spot the ...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120952

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

At a "gut level" I find it very hard to believe that Norfolk would not have fired at Bismarck if her CO believed she could do so with a reasonable chance of hitting her target. It's counter to the complete wartime record of British warships in action, including Norfolk herself on other occasions.
by Steve Crandell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval battles of Guadalcanal
Replies: 4
Views: 1724

Re: Naval battles of Guadalcanal

"Black Shoe Carrier Admiral" by John B. Lundstrom has a lot of information regarding the USN fuel problems, but it isn't tabulated. You pretty much have to wade though the description on a day to day basis. I've picked out Cimarron, Platte, and Kaskaskia as apparent AOs involved in the operations. N...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Guadalcanal naval campaign
Replies: 35
Views: 4289

Re: Guadalcanal naval campaign

First I want to thank Francis for his patience and the wealth of information he has provided about this series of battles. You've summarized things wonderfully! I don't think the Japanese were prepared for the fighting spirit and professionalism displayed by the US forces on Guadalcanal. Prior to th...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15048

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

A very useful book to own is Dull's A Battle history of the I.J.N. as it is written using from the IJN perspective using IJN source material. It has a table of IJN losses for the 1st wave that made the strike on Enterprise and NC: ... Indeed. All in all, my opinion is that the AA cover of Enterpris...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15048

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

See Hornfischer's account based on crew member testimony pg 360. In part: ...but the great guns remained silent. With the main battery out, paralyzed by the electrical failure, Gatch was able to repond only with his secondary battery. The battleship's five-inch guns jackhammered away fiercly in loc...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15048

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

I looked and I don't see this effect from the 14" barbette hit. Here is a link to the damage report: http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/wardamagereportno57.htm Can you provide additional information about this particular electrical damage? As near as I can tell there was quite a bit of elect...