Distribution of fire

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Karl Heidenreich
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Distribution of fire

Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Feb 09, 2006 8:56 pm

How does the distribution of fire worked? As a matter of fact how someone flotaing on a warship at certain speed and course and looking thru a fire director can hit an object at another speed and direction?
No digital computers in WWI and WW2: all manual?

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Post by Matthias » Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:18 pm

They had electromechanical devices that we can call "computer" for the calculation of the fire data.;)
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Post by Ulrich Rudofsky » Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:20 pm

Paul Schmalenbach, 2nd and then 1st Gunnery Officer in the PRINZ EUGEN, and later director of the Bundesmarine's Federal Artillery Testing Facility, wrote a very comprehensive book on the subject and its historical evolution: "Die Geschichte der deutschen Schiffsartillerie", Koehler Verlag, 1993. Unfortunately, there is no English edition, but some of the diagrams are self-explanatory. I am sure there are equivalent English texts for the armchair admirals.
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Post by tommy303 » Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:58 pm

These two sources are a good place to start for the US and RN systems

http://www.eugeneleeslover.com/FIRE-CONTROL-PAGE.html

and

http://www.hnsa.org/doc/br224/index.htm

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Re: Distribution of fire

Post by marty1 » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:57 am

Karl Heidenreich wrote:How does the distribution of fire worked? As a matter of fact how someone flotaing on a warship at certain speed and course and looking thru a fire director can hit an object at another speed and direction?
No digital computers in WWI and WW2: all manual?
Hi Karl:

If you have not already poked around "The Dreadnought Project" you should give it a look. Tony Lovell has done some amazing computer animated simulations showing RN methods of developing firing solutions using mechanical computers. WWI Dreadnought material.

http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/

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