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by Mostlyharmless
Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria
Replies: 13
Views: 9551

Re: Warspite's Very Long Range Shot at Battle of Calabria

Good shooting gets straddles, good luck brings hits. However, note that the RM had obviously not practised two ships firing at the same target as demonstrated by Hood and Prince of Wales at Denmark Straits (OK, even such superb skill cannot always win). If Giulio Cesare and Conte di Cavour had been ...
by Mostlyharmless
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Comparisons of Axis vs Allied Combat Vessels
Replies: 68
Views: 27939

Re: Comparisons of Axis vs Allied Combat Vessels

Reading through this thread again, I notice the question, for example from Tom17, of how to compare the effects of hits by different torpedoes. One of the main issues is the comparison of Japanese Type 93 torpedoes with German, British and American torpedoes. My perhaps surprising take on this is th...
by Mostlyharmless
Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Prinz Eugen towing Bismarck?
Replies: 49
Views: 18843

Re: Prinz Eugen towing Bismarck?

I remembered suggesting the idea of using a destroyer rather than PE as a sea anchor in an earlier thread viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1480&p=28939#p28939
by Mostlyharmless
Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:54 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Japanese CA's and the Long Lance
Replies: 22
Views: 8944

Re: Japanese CA's and the Long Lance

The failure of the Type 93 torpedoes at the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal requires some qualification and explanation. The qualification is that the two light cruisers and some of the Japanese destroyers involved were equipped with the older Type 90 torpedoes rather than the oxygen fuelled Type...
by Mostlyharmless
Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Operation C
Replies: 17
Views: 7261

Re: Operation C

I agree with RF and with Kondo at the time (“The Pacific War Papers” ed. Goldstein & Dillon, page 326) that the Indian Ocean operation did not offer a good chance of improving the IJN's long term prospects. Even a major victory over the RN would have cost Japan time and loses and would thus have mad...
by Mostlyharmless
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Fleet Battle October 1914
Replies: 2
Views: 5095

Re: Fleet Battle October 1914

I am not an expert on any aspect of naval history but it seems to me that the best chance of a victory for the High Seas Fleet was slightly later than October 1914 and probably coincided with the Scarborough Raid of 16th December 1914 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_on_Scarborough,_Hartlepool_and_...
by Mostlyharmless
Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari
Replies: 3
Views: 3105

Re: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari

I would like to point out again Owari's advantages, building time and cost. Shattered Sword quotes the cost of Soryu as 40.2 million yen. Yamato's displacement was around four times that of Soryu. The aircraft carrier Soryu was being completed as Yamato was being laid down and had almost identical p...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari
Replies: 3
Views: 3105

Re: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari

Now for the details of armour thickness and weights. As an first try, we can try 125 mm for the vertical shell near the barbettes and magazines and 100 mm elsewhere. If that goes from 5 metres above the waterline to 3 metres below and 60% is 100 mm, the two sides will weigh roughly 143 x 2 x 8 x 8 x...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari
Replies: 3
Views: 3105

Re: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari

Owari is going to have two continuous structurally significant armoured decks above the waterline, a main deck and a weather or flying deck. The main deck will follow Japanese design ideas and is positioned well above the full load waterline. Thus we will not have all the splinter proof bulkheads co...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari
Replies: 3
Views: 3105

The Emergency Japanese Battleship Owari

I feel a little guilty in posting a hypothetical ship, which I have named Owari, rather than an encounter and would have probably chosen to post this at the Warships Projects BB if that board had not evaporated. Sadly I wanted to discuss a ship that was never considered rather than a design like the...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Yamato + Musahi - Damage taken
Replies: 74
Views: 28050

Re: Yamato + Musahi - Damage taken

...snip... But with Command at Sea and a one Japanese Aerial torpedo, you will get some damage points and a bit of flooding that should be easy to correct, and if really unlucky another critical (maybe an 18% chance), that has about a 3% chance of jamming the rudder,...snip... I think that there we...
by Mostlyharmless
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Increasing Bismarck's Armor By 50% Would Make a Difference?
Replies: 31
Views: 12497

Re: Increasing Bismarck's Armor By 50% Would Make a Differen

One of the most “possible” improvements to Bismarck would have been to add a lower belt. If we imagine adding a duplicate of the upper belt below the main belt, we know it would cost about 1,000 tons. I can imagine that replacing Bismarck's 150 mm and 105 mm batteries by King George V's 5.25 inch ba...
by Mostlyharmless
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Increasing Bismarck's Armor By 50% Would Make a Difference?
Replies: 31
Views: 12497

Re: Increasing Bismarck's Armor By 50% Would Make a Differen

Looking back over the thread, there was an unanswered question about the Littorio Class. acccording to Bagnasco, main rudder was jamed in Vitorio Veneto by the explosion wich position did you have an transversal drawing of rudderequipment (rudders and machinery) I can't actually give the required da...
by Mostlyharmless
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Comparisons of Axis vs Allied Combat Vessels
Replies: 68
Views: 27939

Re: Comparisons of Axis vs Allied Combat Vessels

I think that Edinburgh's performance was a spectacular demonstration of the quality of her design and her crew's determination. Alone of the cruisers that had been hit by two torpedoes, Edinburgh continued to fight effectively and inflicted crippling and eventually fatal damage on an enemy destroyer...
by Mostlyharmless
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Comparisons of Axis vs Allied Combat Vessels
Replies: 68
Views: 27939

Re: Comparisons of Axis vs Allied Combat Vessels

What I don't understand is when this topic was stated to include "combat vessels", but then the point is made that USN "battleships" didn't take a lot of damage so there was no indication of their ability to do so. What about all the cruisers and other ships that were heavily damaged and through go...