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by RF
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13758

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hello Mr.Wadinga, reading the Baron, he says different combinations where attempted, but always trying to get the bow pointing to South-East, that resulted impossible. He never mention all engines being put astern together or even a combination of astern and stop. Finally, all engines were put to s...
by RF
Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13758

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Consider this situation from another aspect.

Suppose the Bismarck was a US Navy battleship instead of German. What would a US naval crew have done in that situation, cut off from any outside help, the US Navy having a different culture, history and traditions to the KM?
by RF
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13758

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Churchill did have one factor that at that time would make him virtually fireproof - who do you replace him with? The House of Commons censure debate after the fall of Tobruk in early 1942, designed covertly to push Churchill out, failed on that very point, even with by that time the USA in the war ...
by RF
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13758

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

The situation on the night of 26-27 May 1941 was a fairly rough sea, making diving operations very difficult if not impossible, and you also have to consider the state of the crew having been at action stations continuously for nearly three days. Add to this the attacks of Vian's destroyers. Neither...
by RF
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Erroneously landing on an enemy aircraft carrier?!
Replies: 13
Views: 1415

Re: Erroneously landing on an enemy aircraft carrier?!

I believe there was an incident in Belgium, around February 1940, when a German reconnaissance aircraft landed as a result of a navigation error at a military airfield. The crew were carrying details of the original German invasion plan of France in 1940 and there was a panic in Berlin that these pl...
by RF
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: China and the Biden Administration

You would also possibly have to add India to the equation, which in turn drags in Pakistan.....
by RF
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 5
Views: 599

China and the Biden Administration

With the new US administration settling in and Red China seeking to increase its influence and economic power in the world, and in Asia in particular, I was wondering at the prospects of a major, deliberate challenge to the USA by China in the form of an invasion of Taiwan. Previous US administratio...
by RF
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13758

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

As an addendum to the final paragraph above there would also be the same fuel shortages that also kept Tirpitz largely port bound. Had Bismarck lasted to 1943 there would then be Hitlers' decision to scrap the large surface vessels and to use their guns as coastal batteries.
by RF
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

I think it would be very difficult for Scharnhorst to operate in the South Atlantic at all, due to fuel/cruising range issues. Uckermark managed to get to Japan in 1942 with the US in the war, so I think a sortie by Scharnhorst in say 1940 supported by Uckermark/Nordmark/ Dithmarschen would have be...
by RF
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

re AGS, do you think Cumberland could have taken her on by herself - 8 x 8" is quite a lot of firepower against a fairly lightly armoured ship? Again, I suppose its all down to who hits first and hardest. That came very close to happening during October 1939 when these two ships (Cumberland on her ...
by RF
Tue Mar 09, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 129
Views: 53411

Re: Best war movie ever?

Let me know what you think.
by RF
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

But a battle between Scharnhorst and Cumberland/Exeter/Ajax/Achilles would have been interesting.....
by RF
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

I've read more than once online that she had received damage to her diesel and water purification systems that had the effect of completely nobbling her chances of ever getting anywhere near home. This probably comes from the damage submissions made to the Uruguayan Navy inspection team, who were t...
by RF
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Would it have made much difference (3x2 as opposed to 2x3)? You still have 6 shells in the air. Could she have assigned a turret per cruiser? I suppose so but wouldn't one of the turrets have to be in 'local control' (going on the premise that AGS has two directors)? I think the key factor for this...
by RF
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 124
Views: 70653

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

I think the answer to that is the second Battle of the River Plate, the battle that never happened as the AGS was scuttled instead. With Cumberland then present the advantage swings to the RN. It was Langsdorf's decision to go to Montevideo that was the fatal error. He didn't have to do that. As Har...