The last thing i would like to raise is the German use of alluminized explosives in their shells. As far as i know they were they only one to actually use it, but it effectively doubled the explosive power.
Billy wrote:.... and Japanese armor was not of the same resistance. A question mark still hangs over Italian armor but will do more research on this.
Billy wrote:Hello everyone, thanks for your input. I have to apologize for the bad punctuation and rather lengthy opening "paragraph". I would first like to just show a quick comparison between the penetrative capabilities of the German and British guns of equal caliber. Note that I'm not using the old 15 inch 42 caliber of the British but what a more modern gun could do. The British gun could penetrate 13 inches at 19400 yards. The German gun could penetrate about 17.63 inches at the same range! Again at 21700 yards the British gun could penetrate 12 inches, the German gun 16.37 inches.
The other thing I would like to mention is a note on the value of high rates of fire. It turns out that at the battle of the Denmark straits the German ships only started to open fire three minutes after the British started, but still got off more shots. I have checked the records to see that POW only got off 55 out of a potential 74 (due to breakdowns). The German ships started later, found the range quicker and scored more hits. As to prove beyond doubt as the the value of a high rate of fire weapon, Prinz Eugen got off 179 rounds during the same battle!
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