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by RF
Fri Nov 19, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: This day exactly 80 years ago
Replies: 5
Views: 161

This day exactly 80 years ago

Today I spent a couple of quiet minutes reflecting on a naval battle that took place off the coast of Western Australia exactly 80 years ago today. No institutionalised two minutes silence, just quiet unobtrusive reflection on the 700 plus lives lost on both sides on this little known action between...
by RF
Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Range of Bismarck's guns
Replies: 17
Views: 1214

Re: Range of Bismarck's guns

Hi Bill, Just a thought, but in a straight 'stern chase' surely the ship running away (assuming that it had two aft turrets (or one four gun as on PoW) that ship would have just as much chance to land some damaging hits on the pursuing ship even possibly more so as the bridge and fire control would...
by RF
Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee comes out
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Graf Spee comes out

I don't know about Exeter's rate of fire, but given the two factors of (1) how long it took between AGS opening fire at near full range and Exeter getting into range and (2) the short time elapse before Exeter's forward turrets were knocked out by direct hits, would suggest a pretty rapid rate of fi...
by RF
Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee comes out
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Graf Spee comes out

The source for 2 rounds per minute was Rasenack's book on the AGS, this is for the rate of fire at the RP battle where there were spotting difficulties, given the twists and turns AGS was making and the effects of her own smoke.
by RF
Thu Nov 11, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee comes out
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Graf Spee comes out

The problem for AGS was that Cumberland was a genuine county class cruiser compared to the Exeter. I think AGS would have had trouble shooting it out with Cumberland. The AGS rate of main armament fire was too slow, only two salvoes per minute. On that basis, unless AGS lands a devastating hit on Cu...
by RF
Thu Nov 11, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Range of Bismarck's guns
Replies: 17
Views: 1214

Re: Range of Bismarck's guns

José M. Rico wrote: Fri Nov 05, 2021 2:34 am
No disadvantage at all.
Scharnhorst guns had a maximum range of 40,930 meters at 40º elevation, and the longest hit ever obtained against a moving target at sea was from 24,000 meters.
Was that the hit on the flight deck of HMS Glorious?
by RF
Thu Nov 11, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck - 24 Hours to Doom
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: Bismarck - 24 Hours to Doom

I have now seen this ''documentary'' and as soon as it started I heard Prinz Eugen being described as a ''light cruiser'' and realised that I was listening to a complete ignoramous. As a cruiser I think Prinz Eugen was something of a super heavy weight, especially in terms of tonnage, something like...
by RF
Fri Oct 08, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 257
Views: 212884

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I stand corrected, I wasn't aware that the airfields on Midway Island were used in an offensive capacity.
by RF
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 257
Views: 212884

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I'm not aware of land based aircraft attacking ships. Jap planes did attack a land target - the airfields on Midway Island - but beyond that I am not aware of any land based intervention, apart from the use of flying boats based on Pearl Harbor being used to scout for the IJN task force, but these w...
by RF
Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 257
Views: 212884

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Today is the 450th anniversary of the battle of Lepanto. Arguably the greastest naval battle of all time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lepanto http://www.kbismarck.com/cervantes-en-lepanto.jpg It is arguably - but comparing Lepanto with say Jutland or Midway is rather like trying to comp...
by RF
Thu Oct 07, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 257
Views: 212884

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

Personally would not consider Midway be a naval battle--at least for "greatest naval battle" purposes. That was an air battle. Aircraft were the direct combatants at Midway, yes, but not an air battle like the Battle of Britain. Whereas the latter was a fight for air supremacy per se, Mid...
by RF
Wed May 19, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 8539

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Neither did the Bismarck (until the torpedo hit on the stern) or Prinz Eugen.
by RF
Thu May 06, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 8539

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

As an aside, a ship called Jumna was in 1917 the second victim of SMS Wolf in the Indian Ocean.

Her crew were all captured and after a year in the tween decks of the Wolf arrived in Germany.
by RF
Thu May 06, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 8539

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

One can imagine the havoc if the attacker had been Scharnhorst and Gneisenau instead of Hipper, with clearer visibility and calmer seas.....
by RF
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: the Twins plus Bismarck
Replies: 4
Views: 1478

Re: the Twins plus Bismarck

Another consideration was the overall fuel supply at the time, as the KM allocation of fuel was insufficient to allow major surface forays as proposed here. Barbarossa cut off the fuel supply from the Soviet Union at the same time that the Heer and Luftwaffe required massive quantities of fuel to su...