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by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Shipwreck Secrets Ep6 Jutland
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Shipwreck Secrets Ep6 Jutland

Gentlemen, I watched the documentary as well and thought it was fairly well presented, if a little biased towards Jellico even though I think he had a bit of a 'rough deal' in the aftermath of the battle. One thing that does puzzle me is the lack of information about the 5th battle Squadrons role in...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:42 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: the Tallboy bomb
Replies: 1
Views: 193

the Tallboy bomb

Gentlemen, I wasn't sure where to put this question. It is said that the 'Tallboy' bombs dropped on Tirpitz went through the sound barrier on their way down. if that is the case, would they have made the same sort of 'bang' as an aircraft when it breaks the sound barrier. Also, would the larger 'Gra...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 13, 2022 9:17 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?
Replies: 61
Views: 3241

Re: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?

Gentlemen, I wonder if the accuracy problems at the Falklands and Jutland were historical? By that I mean the RN had been brought up on close range shootouts with ships battling it out until one sank and that even thought the ships had developed in size, amour and guns, accurate firing over ranges e...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 10, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?
Replies: 61
Views: 3241

Re: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?

Gentlemen, Further to my post in March this year re Hood being able to withstand 15" & 16" shells, and whether she could take on a 'Nelson' or a simmerly armed ship. I think we have had the debate before on whether speed actually counts that much if both ships are able and willing to f...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 09, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 207
Views: 20467

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Oh dear, I can see that this subject is is going to continue despite the comments from those long time and very knowledgeable contributors to this forum all of whom I have the greatest respect all saying that after the torpedo hit in the rudders Bismarck was going nowhere but down. Going back to the...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 158
Views: 10909

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Thanks very much for that Patrick, From what i have read it seems that the scuttling charges were fired and as i have posted in the past on this subject, it must have been some very brave men to go down and prepare them for firing when the ship was being virtually shot to pieces around them. I would...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 01, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 158
Views: 10909

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Hi Hans, Thanks for your reply, I agree - up to a point with your statement re Bismarck's protection, it has been said before in this Forum that even in her last battle that her armoured belts and decks were not penetrated, (although I have my doubts) possibly due to the most of the action being at...
by paul.mercer
Fri May 06, 2022 9:26 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Torpedoes
Replies: 14
Views: 5786

Re: Torpedoes

Gentlemen, Re RN torpedoes, were the ones carried by Swordfish and other aircraft smaller, lighter and with less less explosive than those carried on a cruiser or destroyer? The reason for my question is that at least one Swordfish torpedo hit Bismarck somewhere near the middle without doing much da...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:45 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: The B29 Superfortress
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: The B29 Superfortress

Gentlemen,
Thanks for the info,
Do you think that a B29 would have a better survival rate in daylight raids than the B17's over Germany against their 109's and 190's or their jets?
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 22, 2022 5:19 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: A WW3 scenario
Replies: 22
Views: 1407

Re: A WW3 scenario

Go here - https://www.thepostil.com/the-military-situation-in-the-ukraine-an-update/ for an alternate interpretation of the Ukraine situation. Offered for general interest and consideration. Draw your own conclusions. B Hi Byron, Thanks for posting the link, it made very interesting but possibly on...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 13, 2022 8:57 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: The B29 Superfortress
Replies: 6
Views: 448

The B29 Superfortress

Gentlemen, I watched a documentary on the B29 the other day and it showed their gunnery arrangements being controlled by some sort of radar which directed the gunner how far ahead they should fire to hit an attacking aircraft, I'm not sure how it worked, but it looked to be quite effective ( particu...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 08, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: A WW3 scenario
Replies: 22
Views: 1407

Re: A WW3 scenario

Hi Byron,
Your are absolutely correct of course, I don't really understand what the Eurasian corridor is supposed to be, I thought it was yet another of Putin's ideas to either conquer or have a serious Russian influence over almost all of Europe. What would your definition be?
All the best,
Paul
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 07, 2022 9:30 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: A WW3 scenario
Replies: 22
Views: 1407

Re: A WW3 scenario

Gentlemen, Something I don't quite understand. Putin originally stated that he wanted to take back all the Russia had lost, in a more recent statement he apparently said he wanted to establish a Euroasian corridor (whatever that is) from Moscow to Lisbon! Surely anyone coming out with this sort of s...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 06, 2022 9:37 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

Re: China and the Biden Administration

Hi Dave,
Thanks for your reply to my post, although I'm a bit puzzled about your last one, to whom are you referring?
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 06, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: US Navy to Decommission 24 ships, 1 is 2 years old!
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: US Navy to Decommission 24 ships, 1 is 2 years old!

Send it over here to the RN- we need them!