Terje Langoy wrote:G´day all
The searchlights aboard the Scharnhorst class were, if I remember correctly, linked directly to their range finder equipment via something called Synchron-Richtgeräte ... thus whatever direction their range finders were pointed their searchlights would automatically be pointed in the very same direction.
I presume they were to aid the artillery process by illuminating the target for the range finders; enhancing the stereoscopic image at night, rather than acting as a blinding instrument upon the target. Range would of course be a variable crucial to their effectiveness.
paul.mercer wrote:It certainly worked when Warspite, Barham & Valiant blew the Italian cruisers to pieces at Matapan, just imagine, 24 X 15" shells smacking into relativly lightly armoured cruisers - carnage!
phil gollin wrote:It has always amused me when I hear the "gee wizz" naval gunnery accuracy fans exclaiming how wonderful WW2 era gunnery was to remember Matapan.
Warspite managed to hit her (ridiculously short-ranged) target with 5 out of the 6 shells of her first salvo (only three turrets bore on the target). Cunningham said words to the effects of " My God ! We've hit her ! " - I don't think he was as optimistic as many on the internet nowadays.
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