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by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:04 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Channel Breakout
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Cerberus had a previous thorough minesweeping operation. I think the same couldn´t had been done in a rush to allow Bismarck to pass thru the English Channel. Use minesweeper escorts!! Also as Barbarossa didn't start for another month the Luftwaffe would have been able to provide a much greater deg...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 24432

Let me tell you something, this guy was really something: he diregarded direct orders to operate at Narvik fjord because he had air reconoissance inteligence about the place being deserted. He detached his two BBs from Hipper and destroyers to go, and boldly seek, an engagement with the enemy, find...
by RF
Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood´s punishment at DS
Replies: 20
Views: 5713

Re: Hood´s punishment at DS

Antonio Bonomi in other thread: At DS till the moment Hood blew up at 06.00: There is also Antonio´s article in which is stated that Bismarck did hit the Hood in the conning tower killing 200 sailors. Exactly, how we know about this hit? Was it really serious? Did such a hit handicaped Hood to be a...
by RF
Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Spain allies with Axis, takes Gibraltar, seals off Mediter
Replies: 44
Views: 11224

"My point is that Italy (or should I say Mussolini) entered the war and did what? Nothing!" That's simply not accurate, even as hyperbole. Tiornu: I am somehat puzzled at this statement. The only substantive Italian moves prior to their invasion of Greece were Neto's invasion of British Somaliland ...
by RF
Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: What if Bismarck hit Rodney first?
Replies: 6
Views: 2661

What if Bismarck hit Rodney first?

At the beginning of Bismarcks' final action on 27 May Schneider targetted Rodney and with Bismarcks' third salvo straddled her, with one shell only sixty yards short of target.... What if .... that third salvo was right on target, taking out Rodneys' fire control position? If we assume as an immedia...
by RF
Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Francisco Solano Lopez
Replies: 5
Views: 1545

Strange that somebody outside the fighting countries is interested in that war. Here in Argentina (one of them) that war is almost forgotten. Hi Marcelo, That really does surprise me, given the apparent devastating impact of that war. In England the only references to the war are in school geograph...
by RF
Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:26 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: County class heavy cruiser vs. Hipper class heavy cruiser
Replies: 20
Views: 6165

Evaluate the Berwick-Adm Hipper battle. It was real even if it was aborted early. This wasn't a battle but a skirmish. Meisel broke off the action as soon as he realised he was up against opposition as strong as himself, in accordance with the 'no unnecessary risks' orders. Had Meisel continued oth...
by RF
Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Marschall instead of Lutjens
Replies: 179
Views: 24432

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: 6165

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: 24432

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: 1421

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: 68733

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: 870

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: 5918

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: 2259

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...