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by Dave Saxton
Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:49 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory?
Replies: 127
Views: 22744

Like in the first Gulf War, the issue was to stop an agressive country of taking a less powerful one, a policy with which I agree. The problem was that the US had some overseas territories as well (Philippines for example), which brings to us the question of the moral right to prevent others doing ...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Apr 28, 2006 11:15 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Lütjens's quarters
Replies: 2
Views: 1118

Do you mean on the Bismarck? There was an Admirals Cabin located in the rear superstructure abaft the aircraft hangers. Tirpitz blueprints show this to be on the starboard side even with the rear control tower. It looks like a large bunk and desk, several cabinets, and personal facilities. There was...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:14 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operation Ten Go!
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

At the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal battle both US BB's radrs sets were having problems with back ground "noise" and humidity in the area of Savo. The IJN cruisers and destroyers sweeping north and east of Savo actually visually spotted the Lee task group several minutes before radar contact was achi...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operation Ten Go!
Replies: 10
Views: 2677

Hi Karl, The fast battleships were attached to the 5th fleet. Adm Spruance chose to deal with Yamato with aircraft and not detach the fast BB's from the carriers. Spruance had some inteligence of what the Yamato was, and to commit fast BB's to battle against her would have been irresponsible. Americ...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:00 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck 15" guns.
Replies: 49
Views: 16114

According to German documents reported on by Breyer, Elfarth, and Koop...ect.. the 16" was not considered for political reasons. At the time of the design, Germany was abrogating Versialles, and negotiating an aggreement with Britian. There were only two battleships sporting 16" guns in Europe, and ...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:28 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Speed increase on Bismarck
Replies: 6
Views: 2309

Because of the need to conserve fuel, Bismarck cruised at lower speeds toward France. IIRC, about 22 knots. Had it been able to cruise at higher speeds, say 25, or 27 knots it would have been well within the Luftwaffe protection range, before Force H could have attacked it. Bismarck still had plentl...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:21 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: U-Boots -------> US Subs???
Replies: 19
Views: 4274

According to Friedman the latter model U-boats were very influential on post war USN submarine design, such as the Nautilus. One of the specific contributions were the hull form and hydrodynamics research. The research in submarine technology being done in Germany was cutting edge and very useful.
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:56 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck´s rating at Combined Fleet
Replies: 3
Views: 1714

This thing has been around for quite awhile, and it has been seen and disscussed much. Many of the opinions are based on misunderstandings of the design that have been recycled over and over again in books and articles for several decades. Much of it is simply the fact that the German approach diffe...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:43 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: German Battleshipbuilding program
Replies: 25
Views: 6606

There was the Z-Plan. The Z-Plan was to build a large balanced battle fleet, that was to be diesel powered. The Z-Plan was based on the assumption that Germany would not become involved in a major naval war untill 1945 at the earlist. The Z-Plan was centered on the construction of six 16-inch gun ba...
by Dave Saxton
Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 7486

Laying teak planks over the steel weather decks performs both a cosmetic and a saftey function. One may actually be able walk on a wet deck without falling down. The weather deck is sometimes constructed of armour grade material so it can perform ballistic functions such as decapping, fuzing, and ya...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 7486

The basic problem with doing away with the belts, is what would happen if the ship settles or lists from flooding? This is the opposite of what the British were doing with the KGV and Vanguard classes, or the Germans by stacking another citadal over the top of the main citadel in the Bismarck class....
by Dave Saxton
Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:26 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 7486

I don't know of a single work that condenses it all. Hmm.. perhaps something should be attempted? It's a such vast subject and we are always learning more and more though. I have learned a lot from the secondary writings (published and unpublished) of modern experts such as Bill Garzke, Bill Jurens,...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:38 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 7486

.... I don´t understand why was the protective deck sited over the belt: -......? This is one of the potential weakness's of the newer philosophy. By placing the deck above the belts, the deck can't provide an additional barrier against projectiles penetrating the belts, nor against plate debris. H...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 7486

Thank you for the new data Dave. Just two questions. I didn´t ever see a section of Nelson´s hull, I don´t understand why was the protective deck sited over the belt: -It can be struck directly quite easily by a shell coming at any descending angle, isn´t it dangerous? -What is behind the belt? Mac...
by Dave Saxton
Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:18 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Hood: Battlecruiser or Fast Battleship?
Replies: 27
Views: 7486

........... After the war the design philosophy changed and the horizontal armour was concentrated on a single deck at the lower end of the vertical belt (I don´t know if this is part of the all or nothing scheme). The idea was that to reach the armoured deck directly without passing thru the verti...