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by Gerard Heimann
Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: “Lessons from the Bismarck”, TIME Monday June 9, 1941
Replies: 4
Views: 1801

Re: “Lessons from the Bismarck”, TIME Monday June 9, 1941

Ulrich, thanks for digging this up. I am struck by how many of the conclusions stil have merit after these ensuing 68 years. Of course, with the benefit of some intensive study during these years, many things have come to light, including the ship itself, but some of the article could have been writ...
by Gerard Heimann
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck with Triple Turrets...
Replies: 18
Views: 4384

Re: Bismarck with Triple Turrets...

Jose, thanks but I think that Tommy's point was that a wider beam would allow greater weight without adding more draft. I wondered whether the canal could accommodate the extra width. 45 meters wide would seem to be plenty.

Regards,
Gerard
by Gerard Heimann
Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck with Triple Turrets...
Replies: 18
Views: 4384

Re: Bismarck with Triple Turrets...

Tommy, was there much navigation room in the Kiel Canal to accommodate more beam?

Silverton
by Gerard Heimann
Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hipper vs. Graf Spee
Replies: 57
Views: 8395

Re: Hipper vs. Graf Spee

I don't know enough to imply that Hipper's design was inherently better. My point was to say that, based on the evidence of more than one use of its guns, Hipper demonstrated very good results under difficult conditions. Hipper's shooting crew is part of her capabilities, just as are her speed and 8...
by Gerard Heimann
Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hipper vs. Graf Spee
Replies: 57
Views: 8395

Re: Hipper vs. Graf Spee

Dave, I am unsuccessful in discovering the ranges for the convoy battle but your further detail about that operation and with Hipper's good shooting at Barents, my inexpert estimation of Hipper's overall good shooting seems reasonably supported. Bgile, being taken out of battle with one shot does no...
by Gerard Heimann
Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hipper vs. Graf Spee
Replies: 57
Views: 8395

Re: Hipper vs. Graf Spee

I don't know how much artillery was expended to achieve the following hits and can't therefore calculate accuracy, but during Hipper's second Atlantic sortie of February 1941, Hipper sank 7 of 19 merchants and damaged several others. Granted that the merchants were relatively easy to hit, the abilit...
by Gerard Heimann
Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hipper vs. Graf Spee
Replies: 57
Views: 8395

Re: Hipper vs. Graf Spee

lwd, that was my quandary, the larger guns against smaller, but more guns, which could fire more frequently. I wonder what was the German Navy perspective regarding which ship was more "capital"?

Gerard
by Gerard Heimann
Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hipper vs. Graf Spee
Replies: 57
Views: 8395

Hipper vs. Graf Spee

Our usual battle hypotheticals involve ships from opposing navies. If this scenario has been discussed before, I would welcome a reference, but otherwise, I would enjoy the views of this Forum's members as to the battle resolution between the Hipper and Graf Spee. For the sake of a concurrent time f...
by Gerard Heimann
Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Present for young people
Replies: 4
Views: 1320

Re: Present for young people

Yes, I do remember that "fuel". Of course, if you were also aerospace inclined, there were also those opaque plastic rockets which were sent skyward after pressuring water with a little pump launcher. They probably can't be bought today as the manufacturer would have to worry about someone putting t...
by Gerard Heimann
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: A Completely Unbiased Opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 3089

Re: A Completely Unbiased Opinion

You should be..... a Patient.
by Gerard Heimann
Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: China embarks on naval fighter training programme
Replies: 22
Views: 4394

Re: China embarks on naval fighter training programme

And don't forget Gladitorial contests and other arena entertainment. It worked for the Romans for a thousand years or so!!

Gerard
by Gerard Heimann
Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: New Poll: critical moment for Germany
Replies: 239
Views: 25870

Re: New Poll: critical moment for Germany

As it took a seminal event such as Pearl Harbor for the USA to declare war on Japan, I am not sure that they would have declared war on Germany absent a direct attack. Providing equipment, some of which would be sunk during shipping, and some "volunteer units" is a far remove from declaring war. The...
by Gerard Heimann
Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: New Poll: critical moment for Germany
Replies: 239
Views: 25870

Re: New Poll: critical moment for Germany

The problem with pinpointing a given event as the turning point is that each of them seems to have a critical antecedent. There is much comment made about the dooming action of fighting on two major fronts. At least one comment indicated that a second front against the USSR was the start of the end....
by Gerard Heimann
Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: New Poll: critical moment for Germany
Replies: 239
Views: 25870

Re: New Poll: critical moment for Germany

Bgile, in direct opposition to your bout of sarcasm, your apology does you great credit. Your numberless and valuable contributions should never be pique colored. ;-)

I should add that the same can be said for other knowledgeable members of this esteemed forum.

Gerard
by Gerard Heimann
Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: My Bismarck 1:200
Replies: 7
Views: 6455

Re: my bismarck1:200

A bit down at the bow!!! Perhaps after POW's hit? Beautiful pics.

Gerard