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by Orville H. Larson
Mon May 14, 2007 6:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Did Captain Nezbandt have much influence with Lutjens?
Replies: 1
Views: 2845

Did Captain Nezbandt have much influence with Lutjens?

Captain Harald Nezbandt was Lutjens' chief of staff for Operation Rhine. How much influence do you think he had with Lutjens? General and flag officers, of course, vary considerably in how much they rely on their chiefs of staff, and other subordinate officers. Admiral Lutjens was a man of hard prof...
by Orville H. Larson
Sun May 13, 2007 8:15 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 52943

Maybe the Roman legions were the world's best infantry. Their iron discipline and harsh training made them virtually unbeatable (and they were rarely defeated, if I'm not mistaken). American infantry in WW2 was of uneven quality. Our mass army had to be assembled quickly, and the qualilty of their b...
by Orville H. Larson
Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Article: The Last Hours of the Bismarck
Replies: 11
Views: 10667

Orville Larson: If Gerhard Junack's account is to be credited (and there's no reason not to, he was there), Lutjens was surprisingly inept in the way he addressed the crew. When commanders address their men, they must, of necessity, weigh the import of their words. For Lutjens to leave an impressio...
by Orville H. Larson
Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Article: The Last Hours of the Bismarck
Replies: 11
Views: 10667

If Gerhard Junack's account is to be credited (and there's no reason not to, he was there), Lutjens was surprisingly inept in the way he addressed the crew. When commanders address their men, they must, of necessity, weigh the import of their words. For Lutjens to leave an impression of hopelessnes...
by Orville H. Larson
Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: THE BISMARCK EPISODE by Captain Russell Grenfell, RN
Replies: 3
Views: 2701

Having read only three chapters of THE BISMARCK EPISODE, I must say that I like Captain Grenfell's spare, matter-of-fact writing, which has an elegance of its own. If I ever get a chance to read the book, I will. Yes, the book was published in 1948, and it's written from the perspective of the victo...
by Orville H. Larson
Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: THE BISMARCK EPISODE by Captain Russell Grenfell, RN
Replies: 3
Views: 2701

THE BISMARCK EPISODE by Captain Russell Grenfell, RN

A couple of days ago, I bought an old paperback book entitled COMBAT: EUROPEAN THEATER, published in 1958. It's a collection of stories by war correspondents and soldiers about various land, air, and sea battles in the ETO during WW2. There's also a three-chapter excerpt from THE BISMARCK EPISODE by...
by Orville H. Larson
Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Historical Naval actions that would make good movies?
Replies: 70
Views: 39682

A most provocative question, RF! STEPHEN HOPKINS went down after taking a hellacious pasting from the combined fire of STIER and TANNENFELS, but not before inflicting fatal damage on STIER, her principal antagonist. Captain Paul Buck was the better man who commanded the worse ship. This is what Cap...
by Orville H. Larson
Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: A new "Sink the Bismarck!" movie?
Replies: 115
Views: 56094

If a new film is made I hope more attention is paid to HMS Rodney who did after all, score the first major hit. HMS RODNEY is barely mentioned in "Sink the BISMARCK!" A serious omission. It's good that RODNEY was in on the finish, because KING GEORGE V's guns malfunctioned during the action. RODNEY...
by Orville H. Larson
Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Vice Admiral Lancelot´s Holland at DS
Replies: 40
Views: 13173

Personally, I'm not inclined to attribute any "blame" to Vice Admiral Holland, RN. As naval battles go, the Denmark Strait dust-up was pretty routine. It was not a large scale fleet action, involving many ships and fancy tactics; nor did it involve any elements of submarine and/or air attack. It was...
by Orville H. Larson
Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:42 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: The actor Kenneth More
Replies: 2
Views: 2307

Happy to oblige. I'd guess most Americans remember More best for these two movies: "Sink the BISMARCK!" and "A Night to Remember." I've seen several others: "The Longest Day," "The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw," "Reach for the Sky," and "Battle of Britain." More was a guy who could play both comedy and ...
by Orville H. Larson
Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Knight Cross to a deserter.
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

BISMARCK never encountered convoy HX126. She was in action in the Denmark Strait, and afterwards headed for France.

I don't know anything about this Claus Korth or U-93.
by Orville H. Larson
Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:17 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 29993

I incline to the view that Lutjens should have hung around Denmark Strait long enough to sink (or at least give a good pasting to) PRINCE OF WALES. He'd already sunk the HOOD, so he knew he had nothing more to worry about from her. Yes, I know those two CAs (SUFFOLK and NORFOLK) were in the area. O...
by Orville H. Larson
Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Article: The Last Hours of the Bismarck
Replies: 11
Views: 10667

If Gerhard Junack's account is to be credited (and there's no reason not to, he was there), Lutjens was surprisingly inept in the way he addressed the crew. When commanders address their men, they must, of necessity, weigh the import of their words. For Lutjens to leave an impression of hopelessness...
by Orville H. Larson
Sat Feb 03, 2007 5:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck
Replies: 3
Views: 1742

Didn't Baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg himself say that he thought the best book was THE BISMARCK EPISODE by Captain Russell Grenfell, RN? I've read the Baron's book, and I think it's great. I've never read THE BISMARCK EPISODE. (The latter was the first book written on the subject of BISMARCK, is tha...