The First Battle of Narvik, 10 April 1940

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Re: The First Battle of Narvik, 10 April 1940

Post by Dave Saxton » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:04 pm

Thorsten Wahl wrote:equipping german destroyers with radar(Hohentwiel) began in autumn 1940.
That is correct except it was Seetakt (FuMO24) and not Hohentwiel. All German destroyers and T-boats were radar equipped by Jan 1941.
Entering a night sea battle is an awesome business.The enveloping darkness, hiding the enemy's.. seems a living thing, malignant and oppressive.Swishing water at the bow and stern mark an inexorable advance toward an unknown destiny.

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Re: The First Battle of Narvik, 10 April 1940

Post by Dave Saxton » Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:10 pm

Rick Rather wrote:Even if they had radar, the "clutter" from reflections off the surrounding terrain inside the fjord would have rendered them useless.
This is not correct for Seetakt. The Giessler papers make clear that Seetakt functioned perfectly inside fjords, close to land, and among islands. Even in 1940 the Seetakts sets on Bluecher and Luetzow funtioned perfectly within Oslow Fjord. Late model Seetakt sets were tested extensively within the fjords by Schanhorst in late 1943.
Entering a night sea battle is an awesome business.The enveloping darkness, hiding the enemy's.. seems a living thing, malignant and oppressive.Swishing water at the bow and stern mark an inexorable advance toward an unknown destiny.

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