Karl Heidenreich wrote:Well, if we consider what is expected of some battleship, the outcome of a certain episode and we can freeze time on a single date, in this case the night of Nov.14-15, 1942 then USS South Dakota will take over, with honours, that title, no sweat.
Because what happened to HMS Glorious was her skipper´s fault, not something inherent to the ship design or building. But what happened to South Dakota, was the ship itself.
I'm not sure what you are referring to. The partial loss of electric power for several minutes? As far as I know, that could have happened on any battleship in the world, given the mistake that was made. Are you saying this condemns an entire class of battleships as "worst ever" because someone bypassed isolation procedure and locked in a circuit breaker?
I haven't been there that long - I enjoy this board! - but I can tell you exactly what is going on here: Karl is apparently hugely
sensitive to his Bismarck obsession, and defends it jealously - Bismarck just has
to be the greatest, most wonderful, best BB ever. The US' fast battleships of that period were technically very sound designs, and this is threatening, and so... Karl's gotta find flies on them somewhere, and he's both imaginative & determined!