CAG, to understand why ViceAdm Holland detached the destroyers and why he maneuvered the way he did until 2 am that night, one must realize the whole scenario in that moment in full details.
I personally think that S. Roskill, R. Grenfell and L. Kennedy never did it precisely at least on the way I did it, ... the only one I think could have done it in an acceptable way is Pitcairn-Jones for the Battle Summary number 5.
One thing are Holland intentions, ... another one is where the 2 heavy cruisers found themselves at 05:41 that morning, ... and that is where ViceAdm Holland saw and realize they really where at that point, ... but the Prinz Eugen was ahead of the Bismarck and not back to her, ... like Suffolk was still radio reporting her, ... incorrectly.
As I have explained above it was Adm Tovey that thought that their missed engagement needed to be justified even with a false distance declaration, ... not me, ... and by doing so he obviously confirmed that in case of a different and closer distance to the enemy, they must have participated to the battle engaging.
This is a very simple and logic reasoning consequence everybody can easily realize.
The 2 failures to engage could have only been connected by an inquiry that never happened, after the evaluation of what was the reality at sea on that moment.
This was never done by anybody until lately by me with all your help, ... here in.
No, I do not want to link them, ... I want to underline they are a lot different and have been managed differently, ... on purpose.
It was going to be very interesting to have at hand the original war room chart with the plotted positions of Suffolk and Norfolk during their shadowing effort, ... based on their communicated geographical positions, ... plus the Hood and PoW ones at the enemy in sight and after, ... and realize the Admiralty Senior Officers comments about it when they merged them all in a single chart, ... as I am sure they did.
Having done it myself in full high scale details, ... I can see their face on that moment very clearly.
If ever we are going to have a meeting among us all, ... I will show it to you and look at your face while plotting them, ... that will be a real funny moment, ... I guarantee you.
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 )