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by Dave Saxton
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: If Bismarck had made it to France
Replies: 101
Views: 15722

Re: If Bismarck had made it to France

wadinga wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:38 pm
These delays plus darkness, smoke floats and the failure of Scheer's radar allowed further ships to escape.
Not exactly. The report indicates that although the radar was affected by shock it could be re-set each time.
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: If Bismarck had made it to France
Replies: 101
Views: 15722

Re: If Bismarck had made it to France

The Germans used destroyers against some of the early PQ convoys, but they did not succeed in breaking through the close escort. Basically it was a lot of near misses scored by both escorts and attackers and the attacks were not successful at either destroying shipping or dispersing the convoy. If t...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck and her contemporaries
Replies: 1296
Views: 168006

Re: Bismarck and her contemporaries

The Friedrich Ihn started firing right when the aircraft emerged from the cloud cover and before TP opened fire. Most of the aircraft where well positioned off to the starboard to start their torpedo runs on the battleship less than 2km away. The Tirpitz turned away at exactly the right moment foil...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Climate Change agenda
Replies: 268
Views: 60628

Re: The Climate Change agenda

Ben Santer's claims has been alluded to in this thread. Here's is some commentary on these claims by climate scientist Dr Tim Ball: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/24/a-history-of-dr-ben-santer-and-his-ipcc-trick/ .............. Santer’s thesis titled, “Regional Validation of General Circulation...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: If Bismarck had made it to France
Replies: 101
Views: 15722

Re: If Bismarck had made it to France

. We have to keep in mind however that, had Bismarck repairs lasted just a while, the German Atlantic network of tankers and support ship would have been anyway destroyed, thus preventing any further attempt to carry a serious merchant war in the Ocean and making unavoidable the "Channel Dash" at t...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck construction flaws
Replies: 396
Views: 166641

Re: Bismarck construction flaws

. But I think the designer might never reckon they will use turret armor to defeat a incoming BB shell completely. They just try to do as good as possible. Back to BS, It looks like the disigner just let go the idea of 14" armor defeating BB projectile from any range and take chance of glancing eff...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck construction flaws
Replies: 396
Views: 166641

Re: Bismarck construction flaws

The slopes were angled-back 65 degrees. This presents a very acute striking angle for incoming shells at short and medium ranges. Even against large caliber shells it offers some protection at more likely battle ranges. It reduces the frontal area (14" face plate) that would be vulnerable to large c...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: fusing shells
Replies: 4
Views: 2708

Re: fusing shells

Tommy303 can give you much more detailed information. Armor piercing units are screwed into the base of the main body like a bolt is screwed into something by wrench. They work by inertia, so when the shell encounters sufficient deceleration it goes off. The deceleration causes a firing pin to strik...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements
Replies: 37
Views: 8488

Re: Scharnhorst w/ 38cm's and other improvements

During Scharnhorst's last mission, the battle of North Cape, she hit the Norfolk twice, but failed to hit the Duke of York even once. 38 cm guns would have decreased her chances of hitting the Duke of York. Not getting hits with bigger guns doesn't help. Better radar and radar use was needed instea...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines

WPL-46 is Rainbow 5
by Dave Saxton
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines

IJN decisive battle plans The Japanese also were imbued with the doctrines of Mahan. Additionally, their own naval tradition included the Battle of Tsushima when a war was won by completely defeating the Russian fleet in a single decisive battle as recently as 1905. The Japanese decisive battle doc...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines

Rainbow 5 Plan Orange was superseded, or a better term might be supplemented, by Rainbow 5. The Rainbow War Plans were drawn up to reflect the reality that no two nations were likely to fight wars exclusively between themselves. Rainbow 5 assumed war against Japan and Germany at the same time, and ...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines

The US Army saw things very differently. For Army planners the main problem was that the Philippines were indefensible to invasion without a large battle fleet already in correct position to repel a Japanese invasion fleet. The largest practical army garrison that could be deployed to the Philippine...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Pacific war: decisive battle doctrines

Plan Orange: The Color Plans were broad strategic plans developed by the US Military during the early 20th Century in case of war with various possible opponents. Plan Red was in case of war with Great Britain. Plan Black was in case of war with Germany. Plan Green was in case of war with Mexico an...