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by Dave Saxton
Wed May 12, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Escape from the Scheer?
Replies: 1
Views: 73

Re: Escape from the Scheer?

I was not clear on the date of this encounter from the video. Was it on the 5th? It is not mentioned in the KTB for the 5th or in the action report of the battle with HX84 authored by Krancke. The convoy was located by the Scheer's scout plane 88 nautical miles away at 13:00. This presented Krancke ...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: the Twins plus Bismarck
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: the Twins plus Bismarck

Gentlemen, I'm sure we may ave discussed this before somewhere, but if the Bismarck had made it back to Brest and then came out with the twins it would have caused a mighty problem for the RN. But what about the logistics of keeping three large ships at sea, with very few 'friendly' ports to go to ...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: China and the Biden Administration

What has occurred and continues to occur is absolutely unacceptable . Not only is it just about a monumentally stupid policy agenda. Not only was the coup d eta unacceptable, but also the trampling of US Constitution in its wake. Unless there is free speech for all, including unpolite speech, there ...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: China and the Biden Administration

Don't forget Japan. The whole reason Japan was in Korea and Manchuria 100+ years ago was because what happens in Korea finds its way across the strait to Kyushu and then to Honshu. Since the war, Japan and South Korea, and Taiwan, have been protected by the US nuclear umbrella. It has brought a stab...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions

Intel could use three basic tools to retain a fairly good picture of enemy dispositions, especially of major warships; not including the cloak and dagger, and the femme fatale, stuff. 1) Direct observation. 2) Air reconnaissance. 3) Signal Intel. First, direct observation would be a standard practic...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard and Bismarck
Replies: 88
Views: 33083

Re: Vanguard and Bismarck

Gentlemen, Re backing plates, when the Germans designed their U boat pens I believe they deliberately left a space between the outside and inner reinforced concrete roof to absorb the effect of any bomb that might penetrate the upper roof, would this method give the same protection using steel plat...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: A Force Z What If

Both PoW and Repulse had type 284 gunnery radars. In late 1941 the type 284 was not all that capable, however. It was not yet capable of blind fire being with out lobe switching, and the effective range to a battleship was still only about 20,000 yards. Perhaps 25,000 yards absolute max. However, if...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: A Force Z What If

and lastly at what distance do the Japanese destroyers launch their torpedo attack. At the Battle of the Java Sea, they launched at about 15,000 yds This is a significant consideration. The Allies had no idea about the capabilities of Japanese torpedoes. Their speed and range made them far more dan...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: A Force Z What If

Kondo will try to position his fleet to cut off Phillip's path to Singapore and beyond. Then he will send in his destroyers. He probably doesn't want a running fight from plus 20,000 yards going toward Singapore to the west of the Anamaba Islands. There was minefield there that both sides knew about...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operations MO MI AL
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Operations MO MI AL

The third writing system in Japanese is the Kanji. Kanji is not phonetic, but uses symbols to convey a meaning. It can therefore convey a more complex meaning than just the sound of a word. The Kanji borrows its symbols from Chinese but they may or may not mean the same things in Japanese. A Kanji w...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operations MO MI AL
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Operations MO MI AL

The use of Roman letters, or Romanji, within the Japanese language date back to 16th century AD when Christian missionaries needed a way to cross translate scriptures. Of course if morse code is used, Romanji must be used instead of Japanese script. There are three writing systems in Japanese over t...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: German Radar
Replies: 42
Views: 20737

Re: German Radar

During Operation Berlin S&G still operated FUMG39 sets. The MK2 sets were available and installed on new construction. However, S&G did not get the updated technology until after they arrived at Brest.
by Dave Saxton
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 1219

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

OpanaPointer wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:30 am
It wasn't until after noon that the Army advised Com14th of the radar track Lockard and Elliott developed at that radar installation on the north side of Oahu. (Now what was that name again?)
LOL
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 1581

Re: Leyte gulf

The USN was much better at night fighting than they were earlier in the war. How could they not be? I know there was at least one case where USN DDs ambushed some IJN DDs with torpedoes at night, using radar as their primary sensor. I agree that USN was much better at night fighting as the war prog...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

The massive battle opportunity was the Battle of the Philippine Sea during June 1944. The reason a massive surface fleet engagement did not develop was because of the complete domination of USN air power, and Adm. Lee's refusal to fight at night. Actually, Philippine Sea had influence on Halsey's de...