Bill Jurens wrote: "Where exactly, are the falsifications to which you allude"
I have already listed them but it is enough to read the two reports (May 30 (download/file.php?id=3508
) and Despatches(download/file.php?id=3507
)) to see that intentionally embellishments were added to justify Leach.
1) 6:00 (Hood blows up) + 2 minutes = 6:02, as per May 30 report: however in the despatches it becomes... 6:13..?
2) no mention in May 30 report of the Y turret jamming: it becomes the main battle damage (and Leach justification) in the despatches...?
3) 2 HALA directors out of action on May 30 become...3 of them in the despatches..?
There is no way to say that a sane person like Tovey, having written a (more or less) correct report on May 30 and after having received explicit menaces of a serious disciplinary action (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6728&p=78971&hilit= ... +CM#p78971
) against Leach on the same date, can write point 19 in the way he did without "intentional" falsification purpose.
Please don't speak of minor differences, they are all in the direction to incorrectly justify Leach decision, supporting the false idea that PoW could not continue the engagement (especially turret Y jam that is the heavyweight to say that Leach had no choice) and to provide a better story (6:13, 13 minutes alone fighting against Bismarck). What is needed more to prove the intentional alteration of facts for a clear purpose ? I guess we will never find the "confession" of Tovey...
A small (almost comical) remark to another attempt to justify Tovey's "innocent errors": 6:13 was present in and was "taken" from CS1 report: however this report is contradictory and contains two different "timings" (6:13 in one place but where it is written (one page later) that PoW retired "after 10 minutes engagement
" : 5:53 +10 =... 6:03...)
As we already know quite well, Wake-Walker was such a "smart" officer (!) to be able to say one thing one day and then another thing another day, as he did at the two Hood boards (NF distance to Hood) and in his interview to BBC (smoke identification at 05:16)....but here we are in front of a masterpiece: on the same report he was able to write two contradictory statements...
Luckily for the truth, the guy was the way he was...
A competent person like Tovey, receiving W-W report with 6:13 and "6:03"... lightly picked up the 6:13 timing, being very good to justify Leach and even having been written by...someone else... (very conveniently, to avoid problems for himself in writing such an enormity), when he had already in his hands the PoW maps and salvo plot, showing a very different (much worse for Leach) reality pointing to 6:01:30 max (confirming his initial evaluation of 6:02, done already on May 30)...