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by iankw
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: U-Boots -------> US Subs???
Replies: 19
Views: 4882

Re: U-Boots -------> US Subs???

Indeed so.

Ian
by iankw
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck speed during last battle
Replies: 260
Views: 28380

Re: BS speed - last battle

At the risk of making myself (a science teacher) look stupid, there is something that has been gnawing away at me for a few days. It is this: Water is more dense than oil, that's why oil floats on water! So, if the oil in the tanks is burned off and replaced by water the ship's displacement will inc...
by iankw
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck speed during last battle
Replies: 260
Views: 28380

Re: BS speed - last battle

As you say Vic, the photograph does show the exit (or blast) hole in the false bow wave. So, little or no flooding at lower speeds. But the transfer pumps were still in accessible, according to Bill Jurens, as of May this year. I can't claim to know how much oil this would render unusable though. re...
by iankw
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: KGV in POW's place on 10th December 1941
Replies: 39
Views: 7855

Re: KGV in POW's place on 10th December 1941

I find it strange that this "hypothetical naval scenario", which argues in favour of the allies, has to stick rigorously to the facts, without the flights of fancy that are allowed when discussing other hypothetical scenarios.

regards

Ian
by iankw
Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: U-Boots -------> US Subs???
Replies: 19
Views: 4882

Re: U-Boots -------> US Subs???

Again from memory - the Russian command came under pressure, rightly so IMO, for the loss of survivors, as a result of politics taking precedence over humanity. Offers of help from several countries was declined until it was too late, because of loss of political face.

regards

Ian
by iankw
Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck speed during last battle
Replies: 260
Views: 28380

Re: BS speed - last battle

Hi Vic Once again you mention the pumping of oil from the forward bunkers, and the fact that there was no hole below the waterline. I cannot accept either proposition because of comments made by Bill Jurens, whose opinion I know we both respect because of his manner and expertise. If you read his po...
by iankw
Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:28 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: U-Boots -------> US Subs???
Replies: 19
Views: 4882

Re: U-Boots -------> US Subs???

This is stretching my memory a bit but, from what I remember, the theory is that a hydrogen peroxide explosion and fire caused the explosion of one, or more, torpedoes. Originally the Russians tried to pin the disaster on to a collision between a US sub and the Kursk. However, seismic readings from ...
by iankw
Tue May 27, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 67th Anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 1603

Re: 67th Anniversary

Let us hope that the memories of this conflict and the events of Rheinubung, especially of the dead on both sides, will not be forgotten and used to help prevent this sort of conflict breaking out again. Ditto that but, unfortunately, the lessons of history seem too hard for us to learn. Jose - tha...
by iankw
Tue May 27, 2008 11:37 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck speed during last battle
Replies: 260
Views: 28380

Re: BS speed - last battle

The British are the least to admit it. No real sports would I say.
Good to see that xenophobia is alive and well!!
I don't know why you are ignoring all the large-caliber shell hits to the upper hull.
Really Richard? I know exactly why.

regards
by iankw
Tue May 27, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: How did you come to be interested in Bismarck?
Replies: 160
Views: 89968

Re: How did you come to be interested in Bismarck?

Sorry to be so late getting back to this interesting thread - ISP problems!! I guess I started with military history, and my brother's desperation to find someone to fight a wargame with. We laid out a "battlefield" on the spare bedroom floor and, using 20mm Airfix miniatures fought a Napoleonic bat...
by iankw
Sun May 04, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: RMS Titanic´s anniversary
Replies: 29
Views: 11516

Re: RMS Titanic´s anniversary

Now I am not a trained seaman nor had officer training, From what I have read that is exactly the point RF, the fact that you are NOT trained is what would allow you to make the decision to go straight in to the berg. In an extreme, emergency situation people do what they are trained to do - which ...
by iankw
Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 21355

So sorry, I didn't realise you had been given the job of moderator on this forum. I could point out several of your posts that have brought nothing to a discusssion, just applauded someone for putting down someone else (usually lwd, who also seems to disagree with assumptions being made). I would sa...
by iankw
Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 21355

Once again we have an AH scenario that stacks all the cards in one direction and again it is Germany. Once again we have conveniently forgotten that the British would have several additional units ready because of the delay waiting for Tirpitz to be completed and readied to sail. So, for instance, b...
by iankw
Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Ideal Rheinubung
Replies: 144
Views: 24752

Effecting a coordinated effort between surface forces and submarines seems remarkably difficult to achieve. Both sides tried it several times during WW1, without much success, and, similarly, in WW2. Even when contact was made fear of a misidentification seems to have stopped submarine commanders ta...
by iankw
Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and her contemporaries
Replies: 1296
Views: 168800

Interesting twist Karl

Very interesting indeed Karl. Let me preface my comments by saying that Leach would have been extremely silly to accept battle with the state of his guns after the turn away, imo. So we have to assume that some of his guns are still working, let's say 2 or 3 out of action, ok? Under these circumstan...