The extremely annoying (also for Mr.Dunmunro) table is built using the same methodology of McMullen in his GAR
as anyone can check in Enclosure I (http://www.hmshood.org.uk/reference/off ... 09guns.htm
) because this is the only way to compare the same figures between the ships. If anybody can calculate PG "table" using another methodology, he is welcome !
McMullen derived the figures in the table starting from 1) the battle duration,2) the shells fired and the 3) ordered shots. Plus he was aware of the exact number of salvos fired (18) and of the fact that his Y turret was wooded until after salvo 8.
For PG we have the same 1), 2) and 3) exact data (timing is rounded to 14 minutes) and the result is in the table. For Bismarck the only "assumption" is 108 as ordered shots. The problem with PG is that we don't know the exact number of salvos ordered from the aft control. However also in this case, the effective # shells fired per minute is not affected significantly.
The "salvos" in the table are however all 4-guns-salvos for both German ships
Coming to Mr.Dunmunro assumption, 28 salvos
fired from the PG fore control position account for 112 shots
that they fired 147 rounds
as Mr.Dunmunro propose (confusing fired shells and ordered shots...
), at least if Germans were not firing 2 shells per gun or if we don't mix salvos and broadsides....
I'm not much interested in the 27-28 seconds (average or peak) declared by Jasper and in the way he counted salvos (no mention of them in his GAR) : he was possibly
referring to the RoF for a single gun (full-salvo cycle) possibly
when not firing for acquiring the target and in any case we don't know exactly whether PG fired salvos or broadsides (except the Vollsalve).
In alternative, I'm eager to see Mr.Dunmunro reconstruction of the battle letting PG to fire for 20 minutes......
"It takes three years to build a ship; it takes three centuries to build a tradition" (Adm.A.B.Cunningham)