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by HMSVF
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The D/F Controversy
Replies: 25
Views: 9128

Re: The D/F Controversy

Fellow Contributors, There is a danger here of getting side tracked into discussing the Magnificent Monster's many misdemeanours. As far as the D/F controversy is concerned, HMSVF's point about the Admiralty trying to handle the far larger and more significant problem, Crete, simultaneously with th...
by HMSVF
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 4841

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hello everybody, Bill Jurens wrote: "As it would be pointless to attempt to reply to Mr. Virtuani's diatribe in detail..." totally pointless because Mr.Jurens has no way to counter what Antonio Bonomi has written in his mails or the reasons why, albeit "embracing" in toto Antonio's reconstruction (...
by HMSVF
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2265
Views: 139309

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Fellow Contributors, Therefore we have to understand that the authors have agreed about the historical fact that W.Churchill demanded a Court Martial against Leach for having left his battle. Not having a copy, yet, of the new book in question, I am personally extremely disappointed to hear that in...
by HMSVF
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The D/F Controversy
Replies: 25
Views: 9128

Re: The D/F Controversy

Fellow Contributors, It has been said: which tended to drag in those with more political perspectives As was established in the Long Court Martial Thread, Churchill, weekending in Chequers (40 miles WNW of London), was somewhat exercised on the Saturday after Hood had been sunk, but the War Diary d...
by HMSVF
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 4841

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

I have some problems with Kuhnt's purported account: Firstly, how is it possible that Kuhnt could see the rudders at all. Bismarck was down by the stern and low in the water. I would assume that the rudders couldn't rise above the water anymore. Secondly, aside from narrations of Kuhnt in several b...
by HMSVF
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42
Replies: 2
Views: 1856

Re: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42

Hi all Hypothetical discussion for you all re what might have been done for HMS Hermes She arrived at Simonstown, South Africa for a refit, and although I have no details as to what the refit was, I’d say an overhaul of her engines, boilers cleaned out and bottom scrapped would have been highly lik...
by HMSVF
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance

These sound like ranges obtained from cruisers. Testing from Hood and actual results from KGV were somewhat better than those shown above. RA Burt provides a lengthy quote from Hood's type 284 radar trials in March-April 1941 at Scapa flow, which can be summarized briefly that continuous ranging wa...
by HMSVF
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History
Replies: 59
Views: 11344

Re: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History

I did have a look in my copy of Axis Battleships again and can confirm that this is the more complete book as far as the design of the ship is concerned. Mind you, I did notice one glaring contradiction in it. It says the armor was intended to provide protection between 20000 and 30000 m. Later on,...
by HMSVF
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 6284

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, Bill Jurens wrote: "...insisting on a binary "yes' or "no" response simply renders the entire exercise futile..." Therefore, if you and some others " fellow contributors " consider the exercise "futile", just don't come in this thread and stay in your "indeterminateness". That's it...
by HMSVF
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 6284

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, for the second time no answer yet to Mr.Rico's questions 3 and 4 from a forum member who prefers to comment: "there we have it: Simon and Garfunkel versus Bonomi and Virtuani. Once again, the indeterminate nature of this exercise arises." ...well, no. Simon and Garfunkel vs emperor...
by HMSVF
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Did any of Hoods Survivors ever meet Bismarck Survivors?
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: Did any of Hoods Survivors ever meet Bismarck Survivors?

I am wondering if any of the Hoods 3 survivors ever met any of the Bismarcks survivors in person. What were their feelings towards each other? Did Ted Briggs ever meet and speak to Rechberg? I am sure they knew who each other were. A quick check of the interweb suggests that there has been a long (...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 16076

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

My thanks to those who have offered suggestions, etc. Often (one might say, usually) the best way to lead is to listen. I would agree that there is essentially zero probability of the opposing viewpoints, one -- at least by my reading -- being that a fairly definitive history has already been creat...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 16076

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, This topic is going the same way as 'PoW's readiness for active service' and other topics before it, Is it not time to shut this one down as well as we appear to be going in circles without any definite points being made and no definite conclusions arrived at with only increasingly hosti...
by HMSVF
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 16076

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

I was away from the computer on a brief vacation over the past few days, so have let daily commentary and moderation slip. This happens from time to time. Having skimmed the previous few day's submissions, although I would say that many comments approached the line of acceptability, none of the inf...
by HMSVF
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 16076

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, I believe earlier in this very thread Mr Jurens said he could not see what was to be gained from withholding material from these reports. I am a bit confused about Mr. Virtuani's statements along the lines of "All the records will be released and published in a couple of years....