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by RNfanDan
Fri May 05, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Capt Kennedy of Rawalpindi
Replies: 50
Views: 12841

It may be of use to point out here, that Kennedy initially believed he was encountering Admiral Scheer , not S&G. Even when the second twin came into view, there was confusion and apparently, no immediate realization that it was S&G. Rawalpindi's enemy contact report bears this out. In any case, Ken...
by RNfanDan
Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:38 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory?
Replies: 127
Views: 27591

There is an interesting and well-researched book available that covers this topic. It discusses all aspects of what the US knew, who knew it, and provides a great deal of evidence to support the notion that FDR not only knew of the impending attack, but actually fostered and fomented it. The book is...
by RNfanDan
Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 36308

Okay, I'll chip in with a name that rolls off the tongue quite well.... NORMANDIE ! Easy to say in any Western language, and it has a nice syllabic "curve". While perhaps not as evocative or powerful or threatening as Japanese, German, or British ship names, the original question asked for "beautiful"
by RNfanDan
Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:50 am
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Commercial plastic kits of Bismarck/Tirpitz
Replies: 9
Views: 14657 Here is a photo of three popular Bismarck & Tirpitz model kit foredeck sections. From left to right: Monogram 3009 Tirpitz , scale 1:620 Airfix 04204 Bismarck , scale 1:600 Revell H350 Bismarck , scale 1:570 Note among these kits, the st...
by RNfanDan
Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 87823

Success is Hard to Define

As the fates of warships are inseparably intertwined with their applications, their commanders, and the element of chance, it is very hard to measure "success". For example, HMS Glorious was a thoroughly successful ship, especially when one considers that her fundamental design was so radically sing...
by RNfanDan
Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck´s un ending arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 23731

The Port rudder was actually lodged into the center screw. Whether it happend during the torpedo explosion, or during impact onto the ocean floor we don't know for sure. There is no evidence that the shaft of any of her propellers was affected by the hit. If the rudder had fouled the screw as a res...