if you go back and read the whole thread, and maybe few others correlated with it like the "Articles of War" and " The Plot " ones just to list the main ones, than you will realize that I only wanted to find the historical truth about the many evident document mismatches on timing and distances, on maps ... for example about the PoW retreat timing ( i.e. 06.03 versus 06.13 ) and the heavy cruiser distances ( 10 sea miles versus 15 sea miles ) ... etc etc ...
The logic driving all those occurrences is very simple, ... the DS battle events occurred and some initial data have been initially provided thru radio messages and Hood First Board, ... after an " high level " discussion about a potential inquiry /court martial for some events ... it was decided to forget about it ( in fact it never happened ) and proceed with the rewarding of the ALL Officers involved on the sinking of the battleship Bismarck.
In order to enable that, ... and not to support any further inquiry obvious request, ... some documents and data have been modified/created to fit a better events scenario.
As simple as that.
I have read that you basically agree about all this ... and this is enough for me ... since nobody wants any court martial request today.
As long as the historical truth is clear now ... we are all happy campers ...
I think my above answers to Northcape is responding to some of your points too.
Henry Leach did spoke with his father in Singapore about it, and did a supervision of his father biography book.
This is a good enough evidence for me to realize that he knew everything about the court martial request story in details.
I know that Adm Tovey initial declarations occurred well after the end of the war, and this does not surprise me, it is obvious.
But to realize that doing it he was already a sick person is a pure speculation, ...and basically is not trusting Colin McMullen capability to realize Adm Tovey mental status when he released that declaration to him and his uncle Adm Blake.
I trust Colin McMullen reliability on judging Adm Tovey mental status when he spoke about the court martial request he received from Adm Pound, ... it is very simple.
This closes the " loop " I explained above and does provide the only reason I have found for the data and timing modifications occurred on several documents about the Denmark Strait battle.
In order to honor a soldier, we have to tell the truth about what happened over there. The whole, hard, cold truth. And until we do that, we dishonor her and every soldier who died, who gave their life for their country. ( Courage Under Fire )