tommy303 wrote:The 'long message' was sent over a period of 45 or so minutes, but was broken down into three segments of about 200 words each as per Enigma protocols. Each of these segments could be sent by an average telegraphist in about four minutes, with a long enough pause in between each segment for an acknowledgement the message was received and to give those on the other end time to decrypt. The total transmission time was therefore 12 minutes or less.
Alberto Virtuani wrote:
AFAIK, Lutjens was convinced that he was shadowed (despite British had lost contact for sure) because of the newly installed, very sensitive, Bismarck "passive radar"(FuMb Metox)
Do you see any mystery in Lutjens behaviour or is too much made of it.You see what with his hesitation in opening fire on Hood
- he had orders not to engage enemy battleships but he was already under fire -
Antonio Bonomi wrote: ... it was Prinz Eugen the first ship to open fire, .... not Bismarck, ..
Herr Nilsson wrote:
In the comprehensive correspondence after Rheinübung it was discussed by the SKL, what devices could have been used by the British for shadowing at extreme range (ASDIC, radar, detection of a powered VHF-transmitter and detection of German radar). They even discussed, why it was unlikely the British used radar. They also seemed to be sure that Bismarck used her own radar to detect the shadowing forces on May 25th. A passive radar detection isn't even considered in this context. I assure you, it's unlikely that Bismarck had a radar detection device.
Antonio Bonomi wrote : ... it was Prinz Eugen the first ship to open fire, .... not Bismarck, ..
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