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by Karl Heidenreich
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:39 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battlecruiser definition?
Replies: 34
Views: 9961

I´m sure the cordite was ONE of the factors that produced the fatal explosions aboard the British BCs at Jutland. But why the enemy´s projectile got there is what I´m wondering. I heard his two theories: 1. The one that was more widely accepted is that the German projectiles hit the BCs turrets and ...
by Karl Heidenreich
Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:18 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Jutland recurrent themes
Replies: 51
Views: 22074

Jutland recurrent themes

Jutland was the greatest dreadnought clash. As a matter of fact it was, most probable, the only one into which the original planners and designers of the Grand Fleet and the High Seas Fleet were thinking in the first place. Before it there were only minor encounters and after it the same history. At...
by Karl Heidenreich
Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:44 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battlecruiser definition?
Replies: 34
Views: 9961

"Nobody can say for sure if Hood´s explosion was caused by a shell exploding in the turret (and the explosion reaching the magazines) or a shell piercing the horizontal armour (and exploding in the magazines itself)" Sorry, I stated the previous point wrong. I wasn´t talking about Hood when stated a...
by Karl Heidenreich
Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 247
Views: 121409

Jutland. Even if no one had a full victory the consequences were such that, in the end, favored Britain and led Germany to it´s defeat. (WWI was a defeat in that meaning?).
Well, considering it maybe Lepanto, Trafalgar and Midway had the same efect over History and Society.
by Karl Heidenreich
Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Big mast´s clock
Replies: 8
Views: 3416

Big mast´s clock

I saw in a lot of pictures a "clock" pending from the top of the American Battleships. I believe I saw it on the Arizona´s. Years ago, in this same forum, someone explained to me that it was a comunication device to tell the ships tailing the leader where to go and who to shoot at in the middle of t...
by Karl Heidenreich
Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battlecruiser definition?
Replies: 34
Views: 9961

So, to conclude: 1. Indeed, the Battlescruiser was an idea of Lord Fisher 2. Their golden era was pre WWI and the WWI 3. The main idea was not to be a scout but to operate as an independent squadron and/or unit to patrol the high seas and defy cruisers, raiders and so forth. 4. Their use at Jutland ...
by Karl Heidenreich
Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Cameron it´s too political correct
Replies: 15
Views: 8236

Indeed it´s difficult to study the military facts as they were. :negative: Last year I bought a book about Operation Citadel called "The Battle of Kursk" (Glantz and House) in which the authors had access to new evidence and documents. To be more specific they had at their disposal the operational s...
by Karl Heidenreich
Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battlecruiser definition?
Replies: 34
Views: 9961

Battlecruiser definition?

Earlier, when referring to Battlescruisers I became confused at the answers I got. :think: So, first things first. What´s a battlecruiser? As far as I know a Battlecruiser is: 1. An idea of Lord Fisher to outgun smaller ships and outrun bigger ships. 2. A ship that is lighter and faster than a battl...
by Karl Heidenreich
Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:35 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Cameron it´s too political correct
Replies: 15
Views: 8236

Yep. A year ago I buyed the video of the movie "Midway" with Charlton Heston. If you put it in Spanish when they really say "carriers", referring to aircraft carriers, they say "cargueros" refering to transport ships. And, yes, for them "fighters" are "combatientes" not aircraft. When watching a cha...
by Karl Heidenreich
Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:55 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Cameron it´s too political correct
Replies: 15
Views: 8236

Cameron it´s too political correct

James Cameron it´s a first rate filmaker and we owe him his interest in naval history. But, after watching again his documentary, there a lot in it doesn´t feel well. First. The documentary doesn´t explain very well the naval situation by 1941, specially about the inferiority of the Kriegmarine comp...
by Karl Heidenreich
Fri Jan 13, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Myths
Replies: 179
Views: 32126

I do not agree that EVERYTHING about the Bismarck is a myth. 1. In Denmark Straits the Bismarck, after blowing he Hood with only five salvoes, was in a very good position and situation to go after Prince of Wales and sink it too. If Norfolk or Suffolk were able to interfere there was always the Prin...
by Karl Heidenreich
Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:03 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Why USA never built a Battlecruiser?
Replies: 13
Views: 6404

But, as a matter of fact, the USN never listed any of their ships as a Battlecruiser but only as heavy cruisers or battleships. Isn´t it.
Why is it that some consider the very heavy and armored Battleships of the Iowa class as Battlecruisers?
by Karl Heidenreich
Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:48 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Why USA never built a Battlecruiser?
Replies: 13
Views: 6404

Why USA never built a Battlecruiser?

I´ve been wondering, from a while, that the US Navy, the mightiest of the US armed branches from the turn of the 20th century to WWII, never showed interest in a Battlecruiser. Money wasn´t the problem, considering that by 1941 they had BBs, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers. So, it have to...
by Karl Heidenreich
Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Myths
Replies: 179
Views: 32126

Myths?

Sure there have been myths about Bismarck as there are myths about everything, moreover if it´s a war affair. These are all subject to the passions aroused. But Bismarck was a very fine fighting vessel, probably the most advanced for 1941 and it´s Rheinubung cruise was legendary. As a matter of fact...