Between 22000 and 31000yd, KGV immune while Tirpitz vulnerable to 14" deck hits.
Byron Angel wrote:I might be wrong on this, but IIRC BB59's shoot against JB was effectively air spotted indirect fire against an target invisible to BB59 because of smoke screens and smoke from nearby dockyards fires.
Dave can probably deal with the following:
Given the position of JB in a pierside position, surrounded by various cranes, buildings and other structures, I wonder how useful BB59's FC radar would have been if it had been working.
Iranon wrote:In case of a large speed advantage, the faster side can dictate the range.
In the case of Bismarck vs. Rodney, this gives Bismarck several options, such as
a) Close the range to a point where Bismarck's vitals are immune but Rodney's aren't, accepting varying and unclear conditions in the meantime.
b) Keep a moderate distance where vitals are immune on both sides, pepper Rodney with HE shells taking advantage of the large unprotected areas
c) Keep a long-ish distance in the hopes that an assumed advantage in own fire control is most telling there.
None of these is without problems, own doctrine based on incomplete information may not be ideal... but the ability to choose must count for something.
For the matchup at hand, if the Americans are confident in their ability to hit at extreme range (or at least willing to fire a large number of shots and disengage if unsuccessful) and the French aren't, there is little the latter can do.
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