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by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Could Vichy have saved Bismarck?
Replies: 6
Views: 2826

Didn't the British know the plans of Bismarck? I'm struggling to place the exact year that Bletchly Park cracked Enigma. The first effective Enigma decodes were for Operation Juno. The information from the decodes was not acted upon, however the sinking of Glorious which in part resulted from that ...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:44 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: HMS Hood virtues & flaws
Replies: 3
Views: 1975

In the 1930's it was planned for Hood to have her deck armour strengthened, along with other modifications. This was during the period of the early 1930's economic depression, and with the cutbacks in government expenditure the defence budget was severely cutback - the work was never done.
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:39 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck fuel stores at Operation Rheinübung
Replies: 29
Views: 8065

It is noted by Ludovic Kennedy in his book that Bismarck sailed 200 tons short of full capacity after several Polish labourers involved in the fuelling were killed from inhaling the fuel vapours.
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battleships and Battlecruisers losses in WWII
Replies: 8
Views: 2455

Re: Battleships and Battlecruisers losses in WWII

A list of Battleships and Battlecruisers losses in combat in WWII Other Battleships or Battlecruisers were scuttled to evade capture like the French Strasbourg and Dunkerque at Toulon, other were descommisioned and retired like Gneisenau, others surrended like the Italians Littorio and Vittorio Ven...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Von der Tann
Replies: 3
Views: 1126

Re: Von der Tann

The name does not appear in any accounts of the Z Plan that I know of. The Fuehrer Conference on Naval Affairs mentions a few possible ship names, but not VdT. This is basically why I posed this question as some of the proposed names were unlikely to see the light of day in the event of war, names ...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:29 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 247
Views: 104184

I voted Midway, for two connected reasons: 1) The size and scale of the battle area, including all the diversionary actions, covering a substantial portion of the Pacific Ocean. Much bigger than any previous single battle before it, and probably after. 2) The result was decisive. It ended any chance...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:43 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Von der Tann
Replies: 3
Views: 1126

Von der Tann

Does anybody know whether the Kriegsmarine intended to continue the name of the WW1 battlecruiser by naming one of the Z Plan ships after her?
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:40 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: U-859
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

U-859

Has anybody got a copy of David Stevens book about U-859, the German sub that made the epic voyage to Australia and New Zealand?
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:34 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Japanese Battleships at Midway
Replies: 24
Views: 5958

Re: Japanese Battleships at Midway

What if Yamamoto´s main fleet body (including BBs) would had continue on the day after the carrier action at Midway and, sometime during that day, would had caught the American carriers? Had the Japs had Hawaii as their target rather than Midway and put their carrier and battleship forces further e...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:26 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Endkampf with the twins
Replies: 20
Views: 5917

hey... Is there actually evidence that Göring hated Raeder? adios miro Plenty, per the evidence of the stenographers present at Hitlers' conferences with his service chiefs. Raeder was too dignified to get involved in a slanging match, it was his misfortune and the great fortune of the Allies that ...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:12 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney first?
Replies: 6
Views: 2661

Well, the main FC position hit is the Golden Beebee, isn't it? That's very lucky. You can "what if" some more. What if Bismarck then fires at KGV and hit's her MFC? And then fires at Norfolk and Dorsetshire and blows up their magazines? And then Arc Royal and her BC consort wander into the area and...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:49 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 11203

Was your point simply that Italy declined to embark on a system of conquest? I can agree that Italy failed to show adequate initiative in its war against Britain. I think I may have mentioned the failure to take Malta. That is exactly my point - don't start a war unless you can finish it. Italy did...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: German shipyard construction efficiency
Replies: 2
Views: 1336

The Germans could have done a lot better, after all they had the resources of the occuppied countries. In Brenneckes' book about the Hilfskreuzer Pinguin, there is recorded the comment of Pinguins chief engineer about the fitting out of the captured Norwegian tanker Storstad as the minelayer Passat:...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:21 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scharnhorst. Was it an avoidable disaster?
Replies: 10
Views: 3077

SCHARNHORST was ordered to sea by Grand Admiral Donitz against the advice of Naval Group North--and against every tenet of military sense. The weather was horrendous, and there was a lack of intelligence about British movements. In short, everything was against SCHARNHORST's sortie. I agree 100%. A...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:11 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 68631

hey... Lütjens was the creator of the Channel Dash... thats worth mentioning... adios miro The Channel dash operation was actually the idea of Hitler; Raeder had suggested bringing Prinz Eugen home via the Channel to Hitler, who replied ''why not bring the three of them home that way?''. Raeder was...