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by Dave Saxton
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 976

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

In my opinion, it would have allowed the Germans to take a more direct hand on the course of the naval situations in the Med. This by extension may have changed the dynamics of the N. African theater. If the Afrika Korps and the Italians succeeds in N. Africa, and the Germans neutralize Malta, then ...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: British Type 284 gunnery radar
Replies: 18
Views: 12262

Re: British Type 284 gunnery radar

Radar engineer Brian Callick who was in the program: The transmitters ( 600 mhz ) used a variety of circuit configurations based upon a self-oscillator which defined the frequency of the radiated signal, sometimes with one or two stages of power amplification between it and the aerial system. Becaus...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Prinz Eugen's hull
Replies: 3
Views: 1789

Re: Prinz Eugen's hull

PG was torpedoed in Norwegian waters. Before returning to Germany the collapsed stern was removed and a transverse bulkhead installed, essentially converting the stern to a transom stern. The ship returned to Germany under its own power and steerage using the temporary transom stern. A new stern of ...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?

Yes, that is correct. It is difficult to quantify the effective thickness of Hood's deck protection compared to Nelson's effective thickness. The Hood used multiple relatively thin protected decks combined with an earlier standard of protective plating. The Nelson, used a single main armoured deck c...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bombing of the Tirpitz
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: Bombing of the Tirpitz

Yes, it may have been the primary contributor, or a secondary contributor, but I don't think we know with much certainty.
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bombing of the Tirpitz
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: Bombing of the Tirpitz

The mining effect from such large high explosive warheads could have been catastrophic. There was the potential for a torpedo exploding several meters under the keel type of effect. Nonetheless, the Tirpitz was subjected to severe under water explosions when it was attacked by the X-craft and also d...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?

It would depend on how powerful is measured. In terms of firepower there were several capital ships with more powerful main batteries. The Nagato, Maryland, and Nelson classes carried 16-inch guns. The Hood carried eight 15"/42 guns. However, expanding our analysis to include other factors such as p...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Season's Greetings!
Replies: 5
Views: 666

Re: Season's Greetings!

dunmunro wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:32 am
Season Greetings to everyone!

Despite the sometimes acrimony, I do wish everyone here season's greetings and a merry and successful new year.
Thank you. I too wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy new year.
by Dave Saxton
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 33
Views: 8283

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

The NC's IZ was from 18,000 yards to 28,000 yards vs the new 14"/50 firing a 1500 lb projectile. (see G&D) Malcolm Muir, in his book The Iowa Class Battleships included the IZ specs in an appendix as well as including some commentary in the General Board minutes about IZ that you may find helpful: I...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 33
Views: 8283

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

The important factors affecting oblique penetration performance have to do the head shape.
by Dave Saxton
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance
Replies: 15
Views: 1178

Re: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance

Tovey's report is valuable because rather than based on tests of small sample size, it is compiled from a larger sample size of empirical observations during operations of the fleet. It therefore represents a real world average. Included in that average would be sets mounted on both cruisers (a larg...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance
Replies: 15
Views: 1178

Re: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance

Ellis reported that the 284 on Suffolk could hold the Bismarck out to an absolute maximum of 13 miles on occasion. Examination of the records of the shadowing, indicate that contact was regained in most cases after resting the set, or if contact had been lost, at about 18,000 yards.
by Dave Saxton
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 6669

Re: Matapan

Hi Dave, I repeat that possibly the message (sent at 20:00 on March 27) was intercepted and decrypted. However it did never reach Cunningham, who was already at sea. Assuming that specific message, and that it is time documented correctly, was the only source of that particular Intel available to t...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 6669

Re: Matapan

Hello everybody, "OK so Mr Virtuani, do you believe Mavis Lever and Hugh Lee misremembered the long message being sent to Cunningham before he sailed? " Yes I do. I repeat that I don't know whether the message was intercepted and decrypted (it possibly was, at was time I don't know), but for sure i...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 6669

Re: Matapan

We may not be too sure of Hinsley's "specifics" here. This is a return to the Luftwaffe Enigma was the leak theory disproved by Divita. The short X-3 message with the Luftwaffe message (assumed) details is way too vague and lacking in information to explain Cunningham's moves. The fatal message is d...