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by paul.mercer
Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:41 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst vs Alaska
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: Scharnhorst vs Alaska

Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies, I realise this is a bit 'off topic' but I wonder why the USN went for 12" guns and armoured the Alaskas to protect them against 10" shells? By the time that they were built 10" & 12" shells were a throwback to WW1, unless of course it was b...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst vs Alaska
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: Scharnhorst vs Alaska

Gentlemen, I looked up the specification for the Alaska class on Wikipedia, it seems that at around 30,00 tons with 9x12" guns and a speed of between 31-33 knots these should be classed as battlecruisers rather than 'heavy cruisers', also their hull protection was designed to keep out 10" ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jan 08, 2022 11:05 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tracer shells question?
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Tracer shells question?

Gentlemen, Having read all of your posts re tracer shells, I can understand why they were used in machine gun bullets to direct fire onto a target that was fairy near but I'm a bit confused as to why they would be used in large calibre naval shells. Surely, if a battleship is firing at another at an...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tracer shells question?
Replies: 20
Views: 567

Re: Tracer shells question?

Thanks for your input Duncan (and please pardon the delay in response). :ok: My question stemmed from a couple of mentions in a book (The Iron Sea by Simon Read) - relating to exactly what Steve mentions i.e. rounds larger than 8" - which stated that the exchange of fire between Scharnhorst an...
by paul.mercer
Tue Dec 21, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 80 Years for Force Z
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: 80 Years for Force Z

Gentlemen, An interesting topic indeed. I often wonder if the RN never appreciated the possible danger from aircraft when new ships were being built between the wars, I am probably wrong is saying this, but it seems that Germany, Japan and eventually the USA realised it, even after the 'Billy Mitche...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 20, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato
Replies: 30
Views: 885

Re: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato

Hi Hans, We all have our personal opinions on practically any battle that has ever been fought and as we have both said, in the end we have to agree to disagree on the possible outcome. Both Steve and I have expressed our opinions on the outcome of a Tirpitz v Yamato confrontation which is basically...
by paul.mercer
Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato
Replies: 30
Views: 885

Re: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato

Hello Mr. Crandell, I do not underestimate effect of shells exploding outside vitals, and BS was completely disabled by such 14" and 16" hits: however they all failed (after explosion) to damage vitals and I doubt that even a super-heavy shell with much explosive charge can produce splint...
by paul.mercer
Fri Dec 17, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato
Replies: 30
Views: 885

Re: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato

Hi Hans, No offence meant! I'm sorry if you think I have put words into your mouth re Tirpitz taking on 'allcomers, it was your apparent enthusiasm for both Bismarck and Tirpitz that gave me that impression. If Steve Crandell is correct and the average rate of fire for heavy guns (whether 15/16 or 1...
by paul.mercer
Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato
Replies: 30
Views: 885

Re: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato

Hi Hans, Much as I respect your knowledge, I do feel that perhaps your views on the apparent superiority of Bismarck and Tirpitz against 'all comers' is a bit misplaced, particularly on Tirpitz v Yamoto on a close range shootout where long range plunging fire is not an issue. Let us not forget that ...
by paul.mercer
Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Why didn't Lutjens go all out to destroy Norfolk and Suffolk?
Replies: 17
Views: 508

Re: Why didn't Lutjens go all out to destroy Norfolk and Suffolk?

Thanks for your reply Steve, if Bismarck did turn and run she might be able to outrun PoW but would she be able to get away from Hood? Whatever Lutjens decided to do in the aforementioned circumstances it would be a difficult choice to make particularly as he did not know if any more RN capital ship...
by paul.mercer
Tue Dec 14, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato
Replies: 30
Views: 885

Re: Bismarck and Tirpitz vs Yamato

Hi Steve, You are probably right, but I believe that when Yamato was sunk she had a bit of a 'scratch' crew on board. If she had a crew made up of some of the men from earlier Japanese navy then taking on Bismarck and Tirpitz might have a different result. Also, re getting in closer to obtain more h...
by paul.mercer
Tue Dec 14, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Why didn't Lutjens go all out to destroy Norfolk and Suffolk?
Replies: 17
Views: 508

Re: Why didn't Lutjens go all out to destroy Norfolk and Suffolk?

Gentlemen, Another point that might be worth considering, had Bismarck turned and tried to chase Suffolk with the intention of sinking her rather than just chasing her off he would be using up his time that was going to allow him to get out into the Atlantic, which may have allowed Hood and PoW mor...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 13, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 80 Years for Force Z
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: 80 Years for Force Z

Gentlemen, Another point, I was looking at pictures of Yamoto and her sister ship, the amount of smaller guns -presumably many being AA, made their decks and upperworks look like a porcupine, in addition they were the largest most heavily armed and armoured battleships ever built, yet both ended up ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Dec 13, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Why didn't Lutjens go all out to destroy Norfolk and Suffolk?
Replies: 17
Views: 508

Re: Why didn't Lutjens go all out to destroy Norfolk and Suffolk?

Gentlemen, Another point that might be worth considering, had Bismarck turned and tried to chase Suffolk with the intention of sinking her rather than just chasing her off he would be using up his time that was going to allow him to get out into the Atlantic, which may have allowed Hood and PoW more...
by paul.mercer
Sun Dec 12, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 80 Years for Force Z
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: 80 Years for Force Z

Hi Paul, Yorktown was first slowed down by dive bomber hits which made the later torpedo plane hits easier. Besides the single engine carrier aircraft were less cumbersome than long range bombers. If those Buffalo fighters had turned up earlier even they might have got some kills and broken things ...