I am nearing the outer end of my limited window of posting on Kbismarck (I have , maybe 1 week left, maybe). Work and health issues are catching up with me, and sincerely diving into this type of debates is putting an emotional strain on me, that has been noticed by my family and colleagues. It's hard to let go completely, but after that time, posting will probably be much rarer, if at all.
I want to thank Alberto, Byron, Bill Jurens, Dave Saxton, Herr Nilson, and, lately, Northcape (who showed fair play in his reply that summed-up his variant of the battle of Denmark Strait), for their considerate and informative replies published in the previous 4 weeks or so. I have many others to thank for making this forum stay alive through the years, Thorsten, Karl Heidenreich, Francis Marliere, Paul Mercer, Marcelo Malara, Aurora, RF, Chris, Bgile, thomas303, Jose Rico, Duncan (Dunmuro), Wadinga, and of course, Antonio..... And many others, to whom I appologise for not remembering them right now.
I hope this debate - or series of debates - will come to a peacefull conclusion some years from now on, when the publishings of Antonio and Alberto will start being printed.
With this in mind, I want to stress to you the importance of a good permanent health. Debates, especially hot ones, put a wear on each participant, and that ultimately boils down to some type of health issues. If a person has a natural predisposition towards high blood pressure, choleric temperament, etc, this type of behavior will reinforce the natural patterns, which, in the end, will cause heart and pulmonary issues (amongst others...).
This is not to say that writting on Kbismarck will give you a heart disease, just that you should be carefull over how much you invest emotionally in anything that you do.
In the punctual matter of damage suffered by Prince of Wales, I hope we can all settle on the phrase that the British battleship received 7 direct hits and was surrounded by shell splashes (salvos) at each 10-15 seconds (on a continous basis until the smoke screen became completely effective). I'm basing this on Prinz Eugen's average salvo interval as described in her warlog (27-28 seconds between salvos), and on Bismarck's footage showing the battleship discharging roughly 2 salvos/min from the main guns and 4 salvos/min from teh secondary guns. I do not want to enter in a number crunch here, just to underline that the weight of shells put in the air , towards the Prince of WAles, per minute, was a significant one (and a menacing one).