Cag wrote: "Would it have been better to have averaged out the Guns per Salvo figure to represent the whole of the 26/18 salvos from Bismarck/PoW (E.g. 4,0 for Bismarck 26 x 4 and 4,1 for PoW 8 x 3 + 10 x 5) which would have represented the whole time more precisely?"

Hi Mr.Cag,

I will just try to explain better regarding my table: If we do as you suggest above, I 'm afraid we will mix up tactical (intercept geometry) aspects (turrets bearing or not) with the pure gunnery performance that was, in my intention, the scope of this statistical analysis. Again,

my intention was not to measure how many shells the 2 ships actually fired (it is well known and agreed), due to their courses and relative target bearings.

If effective RoF is 1,60 (Bismarck) vs 1,41 (PoW) as per PoW GAR (it's not a definition of mine......), and this figure already accounts for the actual output loss percentage, then it means PoW

could fire 1,409 complete (no output loss) salvos per minute and BS 1,597 (

not the ones actually fired that are respectively 1,89 for PoW and 1,78 for BS) . As BS salvo is 4 guns and PoW is 5 (assuming not wooded), the final result for effective number of shells that the 2 ships

could fire is 7, 04 for PoW and 6,38 for BS.

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Bye, Alberto

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