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by RF
Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood´s boilers and turbines
Replies: 3
Views: 1895

Would this have a bearing on another matter - the proposal in the early 1930's to strengthen Hood's deck armour - namely that ''the Government can't afford to spend taxpayers money on things like this'' - so nothing was done.
by RF
Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Reverse into Bay of Biscay?
Replies: 70
Views: 23020

I believe all misconceptions born from the lack of information about what Lindemann and/or Lutjens thought, believe or want to do in those critical moments. We have accounts from other sources but not from these two persons, the most important ones in Bismarck. This I think is a very important poin...
by RF
Thu Oct 05, 2006 7:09 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Reverse into Bay of Biscay?
Replies: 70
Views: 23020

I am amazed at how critical people can be when German seaman with many years of experience tried their best to control their ship in very difficult conditions and you think you can judge them with your expertise. Perhaps I am overly critical, but there were the lives of some 2,200 crew members at s...
by RF
Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:48 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Questions about Bismarck's final battle
Replies: 10
Views: 5331

How is a hit on B turret going to effect the ship's fire control? Schneider was way up in the foretop. Just a quibble because his position was in fact put out of action at some point. I understand from Messrs Ballard, Kennedy and Grenfell that Bismarck was hit at 9.02 on the far end of 'B' turret, ...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hypothetical early WWI Scenario
Replies: 6
Views: 2252

Wouldn't the German ships scatter at max speed fanwise and escape out of the reach of Australias' guns? Use wireless to reassemble later on?
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 12689

Hi RF: I agree with your comment about seeking absolute victory, and I recognized that FDR was looking exactly that... and that´s what he got! But don´t mix it with Bush because if he wanted an absolute victory he could had it three years ago. Bush and his Defense Secretary resemble a lot more John...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Reverse into Bay of Biscay?
Replies: 70
Views: 23020

It was not the jammed rudder that was pushing the ship in the wrong direction. It was the wind and sea conspiring to do this. You would need much more than mathematical genius to counteract such forces. Sending out ships to tow Bismarck would be nothing more than an invitation for more losses. Were...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:04 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck fuel stores at Operation Rheinübung
Replies: 29
Views: 8454

Ulrich Rudofsky wrote:200 tons does not seem like anything to worry about unless your tanks start to leak.
And they did!!! - thanks to POW and its dodgy guns!!!
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: German and Italian fleet together
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

If the British hold Malta, Alexandria and Haifa then the Med is a mousetrap for German surface ships, as indeed it was for the Italian fleet. This is one reason why the Italian battle fleet spent most of the war in harbour (just like the High Seas Fleet in WW1), although not the only one. Taking Gib...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Reverse into Bay of Biscay?
Replies: 70
Views: 23020

The idea of Bismarck moving stern first is interesting, even if the jammed rudder would still ultimately point Bismarck in the wrong direction. What is apparent is that when Lindemann gave course correction orders by alternating the speed of the various propellers it gave a very brief temporary solu...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hat Tallies inscribed: Schlachtschiff Bismarck
Replies: 1
Views: 1305

They might have been issued pre-war, even though Bismarck was not commisioned until the war was almost a year old. The Kriegsmarine order banning individual unit or ship capbands was not universally followed, see the posed photograph of Heinz Wilde of U-110 for example, as he didn't join the Kreigsm...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:00 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Questions about Bismarck's final battle
Replies: 10
Views: 5331

Hi, The battle conditions were very different on 27 May than on 24 May. On 27 May, KGV and Rodney were having difficulties to straddle the Bismarck too at first, and it took them some time. The British ships opened up at 0847 hours and only first hit the Bismarck 15 minutes later (at 0902). Before ...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:16 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hitler Youth Service
Replies: 8
Views: 2628

The Hitler Youth did develop a naval marine branch, in two sections, one concerned with training youth into possible service with either merchant ships or Kriegsmarine (inevitably based in coastal areas) the other was concerned with river transport and inland waterways. Apparently the vocational nat...
by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Could Vichy have saved Bismarck?
Replies: 6
Views: 3000

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: 2116

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.