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by José M. Rico
Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Happy Holidays to ALL!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1702

Re: Happy Holidays to ALL!!

A beautiful Christmas afternoon in Madrid.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
by José M. Rico
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: New Tirpitz and Bismarck books
Replies: 9
Views: 3004

Re: New Tirpitz and Bismarck books

I received this book a few months ago and I can only recommend it to everyone. This is by far the best publication on the battleship Tirpitz that I have ever seen. You can almost follow the ship's movements day by day. The quality of the photos and resolution of maps is outstanding. Not an inch of w...
by José M. Rico
Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Did Bismarck have a Plimsoll line ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Re: Did Bismarck have a Plimsol line ?

Hello Brian,
The draft marks (see photo attached) were painted over in Hamburg early 1941.
Hope it helps!
by José M. Rico
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck heading west..
Replies: 22
Views: 2499

Re: Bismarck heading west..

Admiral Lütjens initially wanted to head West. In fact, in the afternoon of 24 May, he urged Dönitz on a radio telegram to assemble his U-boats in quadrant AJ 68 (54º 09' North, 42º 15' East), so the Bismarck would be able to lead the British pursuing ships into a trap the next day. However, at 2056...
by José M. Rico
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz vs South Dakota according to German sources
Replies: 25
Views: 3103

Re: Tirpitz vs South Dakota according to German sources

What's interesting also is that the GErmans expected NElson to be firing at 840m/s... That is not so far off from the original 823m/s loading originally planned for the guns, but which was found to cause too much barrel wear and poor accuracy. The 840mps figure was probably increased on purpose as ...
by José M. Rico
Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: KGV sorties with POW
Replies: 147
Views: 7120

Re: KGV sorties with POW

dunmunro wrote:What was her displacement at DS?

Something between 50,000 and 51,000 mt.

dunmunro wrote:When was her bottom last cleaned?

mid-March 1941.
by José M. Rico
Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell and Trade
Topic: For Sale: Soldbuch: Steuermann WALTER FRÜH - Minenschiffen
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Re: For Sale: Soldbuch: Steuermann WALTER FRÜH - Minenschiff

I hope you find a buyer.
I am curious, do you know if Walter Früh was aboard Minenschiff PREUßEN when she was mined in the Baltic on 9 July, 1941?
Three Minenschiffen were sunk on that day: PREUßEN, HANSESTADT DANZIG and TANNENBERG !!!
by José M. Rico
Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 55457

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

The poll votes have been reset, and all the forum members who wanted to change their votes can do that now.
Feel free to submit your votes again!
by José M. Rico
Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Bismarck and Hood/Marco Santarini (book)
Replies: 3
Views: 1443

Re: Bismarck and Hood/Marco Santarini (book)

I don't have this book, but I believe it offers a very good technical analysis of the engagement in the Denmark Strait, and read positive opinions about it. The author, a Rear Admiral in the Italian Navy, served as a gunnery officer. Could be an interesting purchase. You may want to check this link ...
by José M. Rico
Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Backing plates under armour?
Replies: 5
Views: 1796

Re: Backing plates under armour?

using Google image search, I found at least one image on the web at http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/8590/bismarckt.jpg which suggested such backing. That midship cross section is wrong. The decks of the Bismarck Class didn't have a St52 plate underneath. The 45mm torpedo bulkhead didn't have a bac...
by José M. Rico
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) in Rota Naval Base
Replies: 0
Views: 1932

USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) in Rota Naval Base

This impressive vessel is currently at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

Some data on the USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_Spearhead_(JHSV-1)

by José M. Rico
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 68617

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

I haven't followed this thread much, but I have to agree with Dave Saxton. I realize English is not the first language of many of us, but accusing these men of being "liars" or "falsifying documents" is not the most appropriate way to try to reconstruct a 70+ year old unsolved pu...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 68617

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Paul C Looking at the high quality Schmalenbach film on you tube I believe PoW fires only forward turrets and the white spot aft resolves clearly as a shell splash- opinion? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU76vVM6lWY WoW! Sean, I've never seen that so clearly before! You are absolutely right that i...
by José M. Rico
Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Principe de Asturias Decommissioned
Replies: 4
Views: 2078

Re: Principe de Asturias Decommissioned

The hull of the Trieste was towed to Ferrol where it was drydocked and inspected by group of technicians. However, the idea to convert the old hull into a carrier was soon discarded because of the enormous cost and the lack of experience in the construction of this type of ships. The hull remained i...
by José M. Rico
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer
Replies: 0
Views: 1506

Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer

What do you people think of the new Izumo-class "helicopter destroyer" currently under construction for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force? These vessels are considerably larger than the previous Hyūga-class and have become a cause for concern in China.

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