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by northcape
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: First hit on Bismarck May 27th
Replies: 15
Views: 1375

Re: First hit on Bismarck May 27th

Thanks Alberto!! 20,500 yard is a large distance in my view, or at least in the upper range of battleship engagements. So to me, the KGV class was a rather good combination of a stable gun platform, a good fire control, and ordnance accuracy. PoW scored hits quickly at Denmark Street despite poor co...
by northcape
Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: First hit on Bismarck May 27th
Replies: 15
Views: 1375

First hit on Bismarck May 27th

I only have secondary literature on the Bismarck chase and sinking, and in almost all of them the first hit scored on Bismarck during her final battle was described from Rodney, ca. 15 mins after the start of the battle (> 9 am). (The hit which disabled Anton and Bruno). However, in Tarrant's "...
by northcape
Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tirpitz sails on part of Rheinubung
Replies: 462
Views: 14729

Re: Tirpitz sails on part of Rheinubung

@Wadinga Hi Sean, as I said in my previous post, I will not repeat here my evaluation of the military behavior of Capt.Leach, even if you desperately try to drag me into it...... :stop: [...] I think it is very unfair to the PoW gunnery dept. and to her whole crew, not to recognize the work done th...
by northcape
Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Warship Photos
Topic: Photo: HMS King George V returning from Arctic Convoy Duty
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Re: Photo: HMS King George V returning from Arctic Convoy Duty

Great picture of my favourite BB!
by northcape
Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scharnhorst / Willi Gödde
Replies: 0
Views: 1027

Scharnhorst / Willi Gödde

By pure chance and through rather unlikely circumstances I got introduced to the grandson of petty officer Willi Gödde, one of the very few Scharnhorst survivors from the battle of the northcape. The grandson (Arne) currently stays in Kansas to finish his PhD, and I am actually from Austria and some...
by northcape
Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: King George V vs. Rodney
Replies: 26
Views: 2260

Re: King George V vs. Rodney

The KGV is the more modern ship and will win because of that. Slaterat This is exactly the question why I started this thread. I find it remarkable that in the late 1930ies the RN did not manage to build a ship which would clearly outclass the previous generation. Both were built with the same cons...
by northcape
Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: No Barbarossa AND Operation Sea Lion Oct 1941
Replies: 29
Views: 2168

Re: No Barbarossa AND Operation Sea Lion Oct 1941

You are assuming Stalin does not invade Germany. I don't think that is necessarily a safe assumption. I think it is a safe assumption to some degree. Among the two biggest mass murderers of the 20th centuries, Stalin was more realistic than Hitler. As long as Germany was not involved into heavily f...
by northcape
Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Plot
Replies: 1235
Views: 39238

Re: The Plot

Antonio, you write: "Since we miss those details I am assuming for Bismarck a straight course 220° behind Prinz Eugen until 06.03, ... which in my personal opinion is by far the most precise track reproduction we have so far." Please read this again and tell me how this is not the most con...
by northcape
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:31 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: King George V vs. Rodney
Replies: 26
Views: 2260

King George V vs. Rodney

1941, daylight encounter. The newer ship should come out as a clear winner - otherwise what would this tell us about technology development? In particular since both ships had the 35.000 ts restriction. Would Rodney's armour withstand the 14inch - if yes, I think KGV would have a hard time. Is the 7...
by northcape
Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 16171

Re: Cover up synopsis

The " cover up " that I have highlighted ( it is NOT anymore a theory, since it is well demonstrated already ) Again you need to be corrected here: The "cover up" is your theory, which is not proven. The only thing you "demonstrate" is your rationale behind it . When y...
by northcape
Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 940
Views: 20591

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

I disagree with the assumption that "NO ONE in the RN expected what happened to actually happen." I read it was German WW2 doctrine to target the first ship when engaged by a battle fleet in line (however, I don't know if that doctrine was known to the British). The Admiralty learned from ...
by northcape
Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 940
Views: 20591

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, @ Northcape, you asked : ... why should Holland be awarded or should be considered as a great admiral / war hero ... Simply because when you are ordered to raise your flag on one battleship and taking another one go and engage an enemy, … you are supposed to stay on the lead … and ...
by northcape
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 940
Views: 20591

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, @ Northcape, it is not my fault/problem if you are not able to understand what I mean. I never wrote that Tovey ordered Holland to lead with Hood, in fact he never did, and my above reasoning referring to the Colin McMullen IWM interview clearly explains it all in full details. Tov...
by northcape
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The supposed hit to Scharnhorst's boiler room
Replies: 31
Views: 3152

Re: The supposed hit to Scharnhorst's boiler room

One piece of evidence we may can use to some extent is the first-hand account of survivors described in F.O. Busch's book. There it is described as a torpedo hit (of course we know now, that a torpedo hit is completely out of question as now torpedoes were fired during this time). However, the claim...
by northcape
Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 940
Views: 20591

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Hello everybody, @ Northcape, your reasoning is incorrect, from a military stand point. ... Ask yourself who ordered Holland to engage Bismarck with Hood and PoW ? The answer is Tovey. ... By listening to Colin McMullen IWM interview, you will realize that even Tovey thought he had put Holland in a...

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