alecsandros wrote:... Hope of interception and re-engagement always remains.
However, Prince of Wales "estimated best speed " (by Capt Leach) was 27kts (later 26)...
It's true that the message concerning best speed was sent later , and it's probable that Capt Leach couldn't and didn't knew actual PoW best speed at the moment of withdrawal (6:02) - so couldn't have known then and there that he wouldn't have any delta speed over the expected enemy speed later on.
However, even working with 29kts speed for PoW and 28kts for Bismarck (if presuming Leach hoped - again hoped - that the enemy could not and would not go faster...) , the actual latitudes and directional vectors existing at 6:02 make a later interception highly unlikely... (the initial 5:35 interception was possible because Holland started the interception vector at 2:03 from a more southernly latitude then Luetjens. At 6:02, latitude between the 2 forces was almost identical, PoW still retained a small advantage, but that would not be enough to overtake the enemy , again, at a future moment in time).
alecsandros wrote: Perhaps the speed measured on the water surface was 27/26, but the machinery was doing revolutions for 28.5 ? (I'm thinking some problems from the underwater holes caused by German shell hits under the waterline... but it must be something else as well, as maximum speed transmitted at 12:43 was 26kts, down from best speed of 27kts earlier in the morning -
alecsandros wrote:The more I read about this battle the less I understand about it.
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