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by RF
Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 23721

Did Nimitz knew if new carriers were on their way? Or mighty Yamato with Musashi? No. He was taking the risk as a bold and inteligent commander (as was Nelson with his gambles). Nimitz knew the dispositions of the Jap fleet approx. from Purple decodes. Not the same risk. Lutjens was up to sink two B...
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: County class heavy cruiser vs. Hipper class heavy cruiser
Replies: 20
Views: 6024

Coming back to the original proposition, a one on one battle between say Prinz Eugen and Devonshire (I pick these two as they did meet shortly after Germany capitulated) where both captains are ordered to fight to the finish and not to break off at the first opportunity, the key factor is who has th...
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 23721

Re: Admirals

Ciao Wadinga, Karl and all, Adm Marschall was supposed to engage the main British escorted convoy with troopships going back to England from Norway and he failed the main mission he was out for. In addittion to the above reason the damages suffered by Scharnhorst and after also Gneisenau ( both ser...
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Channel Breakout
Replies: 6
Views: 1388

Channel Breakout

What is the shortest DIRECT sea route from north-west Germany to the Atlantic? What would have happened on 23/24 May 1941, with Admiral Holland covering the Denmark Strait and Tovey the Iceland /Fareos gap, if instead Lutjens had taken Bismarck immediately after being sighted by the Gottland back th...
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:01 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 59706

As this is a Bismarck website has anybody noticed that there is one admiral NOT featured in the poll?

I wonder why not!
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Michel vs. Tarpon
Replies: 0
Views: 845

Michel vs. Tarpon

This action in which the last of the German hilfskreuzer raiders at large was destroyed appears to have had little consideration from the German angle.

Is it posible that Michel, had her Captain Gumprich acted differently, could have sunk Tarpon?

Has anybody any views on this?
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:47 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Endkampf with the twins
Replies: 20
Views: 5851

hey so basically even though the RN has more ships, there is not a decisive outcome? any other opinions??? miro Looking at the situation of late 26 May, with Bismarck effectively disabled, from the German viewpoint my reaction would be to use Bismarck as bait to draw Rodney/KGV to destruction by ot...
by RF
Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BS + PE = save return to france????
Replies: 8
Views: 2224

hey but don't u think the prinz eugen could have made a difference when the swrodfishs from the ark royal attacked the bismarck??? if the PE would have been there, there would have been more AA guns and the possibility of a torpedo hit would have decreased! wat do u think? miro Knowing Sods Law the...
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Francisco Solano Lopez
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Francisco Solano Lopez

Does anyone know of any English language biographies of the Paraguayan dictator and about the War of the Triple Alliance of 1864/1870? This seems to be a subject almost devoid of any material in Britain which seems odd given the amount of coverage for other conflicts taking place at a similar time, ...
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Diesel engined battleships
Replies: 18
Views: 14324

Graf Spee was a pocket battleship!!

Not the real article!!
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 59706

My vote is for Nelson - no contest really!
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is mutiny?
Replies: 1
Views: 1197

Under European Union law the death penalty cannot be applied, this is certainly the case in Britain.
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen are joined by Tirpitz
Replies: 62
Views: 17948

Bgile: I have heard that Bismarcks' FC position on 27 May was actually KO'd by an 8 inch shell from Norfolk - but I'm not sure that it is true.
by RF
Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 10819

Could I correct some historical inaccuracies? Trieste - became part of Italy as a result of the war against Austria in 1866 when the Italians were in alliance with Prussia. Italys' territorial gains from the First World War were not insignificant, they included Alto-Adige which is still part of Ital...
by RF
Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Coount Luckner & his Seeadler
Replies: 2
Views: 1620

No I havn't, but I do have a copy of E.P. Hoyts 'Sea Eagle' which is pretty good. One aspect of Seeadler is the lack of a torpedo armament, I assume the ship was too small. If a concealed torpedo battery had been fitted would it have been possible I wonder for Seeadler to capture the boarding party ...

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