alpha3 wrote:Scenario is this - as dark as the clouds of war may have appeared in the days leading to WWII, instead of pulling HMS Renown in for the exhaustive refit she got in 1936, the Brits take a different route and drydock HMS Hood instead.
I think Hood needs help, though; Holland sends Hood away, with an escort perhaps, but out of the fight. Transfers his flag to POW, and shadows the Germans until Tovey can get close or the Germans make good their escape, more likely.
RobertsonN wrote:A fully refitted Hood, irrespective of the details, would have increased the probability of a long action through (1) more armor, therefore less likely to blow up; (2) better F/C, therefore more likely to hit the enemy.
RF wrote:One aspect not raised so far, but again I think is relevant to this thread, is the fact that it would be helpful to the Hood if Holland had correctly identified his target initially and Hood opened fire on Bismarck and not Prinz Eugen.
paulcadogan wrote:On another note, many seem to look a Hood purely from the defensive standpoint. A reconstructed Hood would have been much more potent offensively with an Admiralty FC table, and similar optical equipment to PoW. Better equipment ( including a good DCT rather than a vibrating, wind-swept spotting top) and maybe the target error might not have been made and her gunnery, which was historically better than PoW's at the very outset and with her Dreyer table limitations out of the picture, might have made things very uncomfortable for Bismarck.
It WAS raised...
Better equipment ( including a good DCT rather than a vibrating, wind-swept spotting top) and [b]maybe the target error might not have been made and her gunnery,
RF wrote:With respect I believe the target mis-identification was made by Holland himself on the basis of Suffolk's reports stating that Bismarck was lead ship, reports made prior to the Eugen being placed ahead of Bismarck.Whilst we don't know what Hoods' spotting top reported I hadn't taken the target mis-identification down to any deficiency in Hood itself, or assumed that a better equipped Hood would have confirmed the real Bismarck prior to fire being opened. Particulary as both German ships also initially mis-identified their targets as cruisers, to my mind an even bigger error given the disparity in size between cruisers and battleships.
Suddenly, a report from the spotting top made Holland realize he had blundered. "We're shooting at the wrong ship. Bismarck is on the right, not the left."
http://www.hmshood.com/history/denmarks ... letter.htmI remember Skipwith and I discussing the leading ship, and either he or I said "Looks like Strasburg" in other word"Prince Eugen" looked like a "big ship" but "Bismarck" even at that range looked much bigger, hence our disregard of Hood's original concentration signal to engage the "left hand ship".
On this point, Hood had an old fashioned open spotting top with the wind probably roaring through it whereas we had a modern enclosed Director Control Tower with the most modern large optical instruments."
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