adrian6045 wrote:Thanx for the reply, i agree with much of your thinking.
Highly unlikely/impossible that Gneisenau will go to the DMS.
However the micro history of Force H is altered, given that the hit on Bismarck's rudder is such a fluke, i believe it's realistic to say it is not repeated.
I think it's realistic to propose Bismarck makes it to Brest. What happens next.
The RAF throws everything at the Bismarck, keeping any of the ships there becomes untenable, Bismarck is repeatedly damaged.
Given the vigour with which air crews attacked Gneisenau in Brest i think it's bound to be that Bismarck is damaged, she may know recieve so much attention from air strikes, pressed home so forcefully, that she never gets out of Brest.
Possibly the Battlecruisers are forced to abandon Brest as a base and return to Germany before 1942 ?.
adrian6045 wrote:However the micro history of Force H is altered, given that the hit on Bismarck's rudder is such a fluke, i believe it's realistic to say it is not repeated.
adrian6045 wrote:However - although Scharnhorst needed dry dock facilities Gneisenau did not, could the pair not have been split up, Gneisenau going to St Nazaire or La Rochelle or even Bordeaux ?.
adrian6045 wrote:Is it feasable that she joins Bismarck in the Denmarck strait, leading to Hood PoW v Bismarck and Gneisenau scenario.
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