VoidSamukai wrote:So, considering all the ships and the battles they participate, do you guys think that the Battlecruisers in general, from all nations, were flawed, either in concept or design?
VoidSamukai wrote:I dismissed the Battle of the Denmark Strait and Krishima v Washington, as the age difference between the two ships makes them not really relevant.
Dave Saxton wrote:One question I have: is why those three? Was the ammunition and the handling fundamentally different from the other British capital ships at the time?
Byron Angel wrote:Dave Saxton wrote:One question I have: is why those three? Was the ammunition and the handling fundamentally different from the other British capital ships at the time?
..... I do not believe that there was any difference in the nature of the cordite aboard the various ships. Nor do I believe that there was any fundamental difference in ammunition handling that would likely have made a difference. "Lion" was, to the best of our knowledge, the sole ship in the BCF to have adopted more careful ammunition handling methods (see Grant, "Through the Hawsepipe"). Yet she was only saved by the 18 minute delay in the ignition of the eight exposed charges in the hoists, which allowed Q turret magazines to be flooded. Later analysis concluded that the magazine doors, even when closed, were not sufficiently sturdy to withstand such a deflagration as occurred, nor were the cases in which the propellant was stored themselves flash-proof.
This leads to the assessment that the ships lost were simply victims of lethally unfortunate hit locations ..... basically luck of the draw.
Strictly my opinion, of course.
VoidSamukai wrote:Maybe it could also be attributed to the better armouring of the turrets on the British super dreadnoughts, which would make a penetrating hit less likely.
paul.mercer wrote:Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but perhaps the RN would have been better advised to build three fast 15" battleships (28 -30 knots) instead of Hood, Renown and Repulse.
Byron Angel wrote:One telling observation made in a British post-Jutland report was very telling to me. It pointed out that German armored warships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Blucher, and Lutzow were all literally riddled by major caliber overmatching gun hits, yet no magazine explosion was suffered by any of them; Seydlitz had six tons of propellant burn in her two aft turrets at Dogger Bank without suffering a magazine explosion and was again very badly shot up at Jutland.
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