Alecsandros wrote: ".....the 3rd hit (historically the 2nd) would be the most interesting - as it woudl expode not against the Whotan 45mm internal bulkhead of Bismarck, but against the 300mm KC n/A external armored belt of Der Fuehrer....."
RF wrote: "....Der Fuhrer sails with Prinz Eugen under the command of Admiral Wilhelm Marschall and meets Hood/POW in the Denmark Strait. I invite comments as to what happens next."
Dave Saxton wrote: "....the belt belt extended farther below the waterline on the H class than it did on the Bismarcks and the Scharnhorsts. "
Alberto Virtuani wrote:Dave Saxton wrote: "....the belt belt extended farther below the waterline on the H class than it did on the Bismarcks and the Scharnhorsts. "
thanks. Does this means that the belt would have extended below the slope or just that the slope and the deck were placed lower in the hull due to the less space required by the diesel engines?
In the last case, would a deeper belt be a weak point as water would have entered a larger space in case of (very likely) perforation of the belt ?
alecsandros wrote:Hi Dave,
my thinking is thatt, in order to explode against the 45mm bulkhead, the 356mm shell first passed just beneath Bismarck's 170mm lower belt, and approx 20 deg angle, pierced the outher skin of st52, and then exploded somewhere near the bulkhead.
In the case of H39, there is a strong probability that the shell would strike the belt armor and be stopped in his trajectory completely.
unfortunately I don't know the structural details that you mentioned.
Dave saxton wrote; "No, the belt just extended deeper down and was not tapered. The main armoured deck remained 1 meter above the water line."
Alberto Virtuani wrote:with Marschall in command (instead of Lutjens), I'm not sure Der Fuhrer would not have pursued PoW after Hood sinking in a stern chase (and due to the PoW Y turret jamming , she could have possibly had good chances of finishing her).
However, getting other damages in return, disobeying orders and closing the Home Fleet, I guess Marschall would have possibly been removed from command for risking his ship....
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