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by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Endkampf with the twins
Replies: 20
Views: 6054

hey so basically even though the RN has more ships, there is not a decisive outcome? any other opinions??? miro Looking at the situation of late 26 May, with Bismarck effectively disabled, from the German viewpoint my reaction would be to use Bismarck as bait to draw Rodney/KGV to destruction by ot...
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BS + PE = save return to france????
Replies: 8
Views: 2330

hey but don't u think the prinz eugen could have made a difference when the swrodfishs from the ark royal attacked the bismarck??? if the PE would have been there, there would have been more AA guns and the possibility of a torpedo hit would have decreased! wat do u think? miro Knowing Sods Law the...
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Francisco Solano Lopez
Replies: 5
Views: 1623

Francisco Solano Lopez

Does anyone know of any English language biographies of the Paraguayan dictator and about the War of the Triple Alliance of 1864/1870? This seems to be a subject almost devoid of any material in Britain which seems odd given the amount of coverage for other conflicts taking place at a similar time, ...
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Diesel engined battleships
Replies: 18
Views: 17784

Graf Spee was a pocket battleship!!

Not the real article!!
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 85542

My vote is for Nelson - no contest really!
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is mutiny?
Replies: 1
Views: 1296

Under European Union law the death penalty cannot be applied, this is certainly the case in Britain.
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 18740

Bgile: I have heard that Bismarcks' FC position on 27 May was actually KO'd by an 8 inch shell from Norfolk - but I'm not sure that it is true.
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 11897

Could I correct some historical inaccuracies? Trieste - became part of Italy as a result of the war against Austria in 1866 when the Italians were in alliance with Prussia. Italys' territorial gains from the First World War were not insignificant, they included Alto-Adige which is still part of Ital...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Coount Luckner & his Seeadler
Replies: 2
Views: 1853

No I havn't, but I do have a copy of E.P. Hoyts 'Sea Eagle' which is pretty good. One aspect of Seeadler is the lack of a torpedo armament, I assume the ship was too small. If a concealed torpedo battery had been fitted would it have been possible I wonder for Seeadler to capture the boarding party ...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 11897

I will add to this list the invasion of the southern France in June 1940. The italian army was stopped by the "Armée des Alpes", which was fighting on two front (it is the first time Hitler helped Mussolini). The war began by a fiasco. The fiasco started with the Italians in Benghazi shooting down ...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:20 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The best turret arragement?
Replies: 22
Views: 6795

Another aspect to this is the rate of fire per gun. Moreguns/bigger turrets mean more weight - a 2 gun turret that could fire twice as fast as a three gun turret - I don't know whether this is feasible as I am not an engineer - would presumably be the way to develop matters. Modern day frigates etc....
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:06 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Modern Pirates
Replies: 2
Views: 1165

Looks like a job for a Q-Ship - give the pirates a taste of their own medicine!
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: German shipyard construction efficiency
Replies: 2
Views: 1391

German shipyard construction efficiency

Looking at the history of German destroyers during WW2 I have noticed the length of time involved between being laid down, launching and commissioning. Often a period of more than two years was involved. Some U-Boats and major surface ships also had very long lead times, was Raeder aware of this app...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hilfskreuzer Coburg
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

Hilfskreuzer Coburg

Most listings of the German WW2 hilfskreuzer give ten ships, including the Togo/Korenel. There was also the Hansa, which never finished conversion. I have also come across the name Coburg and 'Ship No. 5'. Does anybody know anything about a Coburg, was it one of these ten ships or was it a project t...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:58 am
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Diesel engined battleships
Replies: 18
Views: 17784

Diesel engined battleships

Does anybody know if the Germans (or anybody else) seriously considered using exclusive diesel engine drive for battleships? I am not an engineer so I am not familiar with the precise technical requirements. However the Riechsmarine had the diesel technology to develop the Panzershiffe in 1931, is i...