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by RF
Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hypothetical early WWI Scenario
Replies: 6
Views: 2276

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: 12828

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: 23313

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: 8512

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: 1531

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: 23313

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: 1315

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: 5364

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: 2670

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: 3028

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: 2147

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: 8512

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: 2691

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: 1235

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: 142431

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...