Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota

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Bismarck against BB-57 South Dakota

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Wed May 31, 2006 6:25 pm

Well, I believe this IS the scenario. I know that South Dakota wasn´t available when Bismarck sunk but they were contemporaries. Both of them were their nation´s development to the new surface units (Bismarck was Germany´s step to the H Class and South Dakota was the step of the US to the Iowas and Montanas). So, let them fight!

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Post by Gary » Wed May 31, 2006 6:44 pm

If SoDak's circuit breakers jump out then she wont absorb German 15" hits anywhere near as well as Japanese 5", 6" and 8".

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Post by Gary » Wed May 31, 2006 11:24 pm

On the subject of SoDak - here are some photos

http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/57a.htm
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Post by Coyote850 » Thu Jun 01, 2006 5:38 am

Toss up. I think whomever scored the first hit that causes some serious damage would win. But I would not want to be on either ship, I think they would beat the crap outa each other.

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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:42 pm

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Toss up. I think whomever scored the first hit that causes some serious damage would win. But I would not want to be on either ship, I think they would beat the crap outa each other.
I agree: any of the two ships are the match for the other. I don´t see a real advantage if you strike out the radar fire control of South Dak. But that radar didn´t help the South Dak very much in Guadalcanal: as a matter of fact the Japanese closed a lot to her position (5,000 yds) and blew the radar.
The assertion that this combat would probably be a bloodbath is quite correct. I´ll see what happens with Fighting Steel, but I´ll use the Tirpitz instead of Bismarck: both for a 1942 engagement.
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Post by nwhdarkwolf » Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:12 pm

As you state, it would come down to the FCS, really.

That question would be if the Bismarck FCS was better than the SoDak. If that's the case, my money would be on Bismarck.

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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:44 pm

Nwhdarkwolf wrote:
As you state, it would come down to the FCS, really.

That question would be if the Bismarck FCS was better than the SoDak. If that's the case, my money would be on Bismarck.
I must confess that I always put my money on Bismarck, no big secret. Only against an Iowa or a Yamato I´m not as sure. :negative:

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Post by nwhdarkwolf » Tue Jun 06, 2006 4:55 pm

Very true. I would as well.

The industrial might of America is/was a huge factor in World War I and II. History, indeed, repeats itself and those who don't learn from it are doomed to repeat it. My major fall out would come from this question: Assuming all things equal, what would happen? What I mean is this, if not for the industrial capabilities of the US, how would things have turned out? Is that one factor so vital?

IMO, it made all the difference. I'm not sure that individual ships of the US can be compared with other nations. Based upon greater numbers, nothing can stand the onslaught that was brought to bear by the Allies, and the US in particular. The ships were not always of the greatest quality, but the greatest quantity was most important.

Take the Liberty ships, for example. How much quality can you have in a ship that can be created in under a day, from start to finish? The History Channel has a really documentry on the Liberty's and how fast they could be created. I am sure that some of those practices were transferred from other places to the general warship yards. I just question the quality of some of these ships.

I'm not convinced that the Arizona should have sunk, to begin with. Yes, I have seen the data and such, but I get the feeling that something else is there, that I'm not seeing. Or maybe I'm just reading too much into it.

I think, on the basis of quality, the Bismarck was a much better ship, IMO.

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Bismarck v SD

Post by longreach » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:43 am

hi as to a fight between bismarck and SD.its more than likely that bismarck would win that engagement,,,,,her faster rate of fire,,better targeting system(if more fragile),higher speed and higher percentage of armour.give her a advatage...but I would'nt like to be on either ship!!!!!! it would be one NASTY fight.

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Post by lwd » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:15 pm

I disagree.

The SoDaks radar will give her a fire control advantage (as long as the circuit breaker problem is corrected). Also US doctrine is to fight at long range where this will make the most difference. At range the Bismark will not have a significant rate of fire advantage. However the SoDak does have huge advantages at range both in as far as deck penetration and shell weight. If Bismark doesn't get a lucky hit in early SoDak wins with very little damage. Even if Bismark gets a lucky hit early SoDak has a good chance of still winning although she'll take more damage.

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Post by Bgile » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:26 pm

How much of Bismarck's 40% armor weight is devoted to the upper belt and upper deck area, which is useless against battleships? Her turrets are vulnerable to 16" shell fire at pretty much all ranges.

SDak's circuit breaker problem was due to battle damage and poor damage control. If that sort of thing was present against Bismarck she could be in trouble, but all ships vary to a certain extent. US damage control was generally excellent, but SDak's electricians seem to have been poorly trained IMO.

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Post by longreach » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:29 am

hi bgile yeh you are most likely right,but like i said i wouldnt like to be on either ship.it would not be a walkover for anyone.

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Post by Tiornu » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:22 pm

SoDak's electrical problems were a glitch known to exist throughout the class. The problem for SoDak was that one of her crewmen chose to "cure" the problem of tripping circuit breakers by tying the circuit breakers down so they couldn't trip. It apparently didn't occur to him that they're designed to trip when there's a reason for them to do so. That's what caused the crisis off Guadalcanal.

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Post by Bgile » Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:44 pm

longreach wrote:hi bgile yeh you are most likely right,but like i said i wouldnt like to be on either ship.it would not be a walkover for anyone.
True enough, and if the range was to get under 25,000 yds and shorter without a decisive outcome I think Bismarck's faster rate of fire might begin to be a significant factor.

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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:57 pm

A lot is been given to the Radar Directed Fire Control. It seems to me that all the "pro allied battleship" agenda at the end goes to that factor: if the ship has this or that problem, then let´s summon the RFC and then we have an allied victory.
But remember that the FRC needs a qualified skipper and crew to be what´s intended to be.
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