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by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 30
Views: 6362

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

Thanks for your reply Bill.
You are of course quite right in saying that the US were more interested in building aircraft carriers, but I can't help thinking that a 'Montana' would have been a spectacular sight had they been built!
by paul.mercer
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 30
Views: 6362

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

Consider too the design of the South Dakota class ships. The NC had been originally designed around a 14” gun and when up-gunned to 16” was considered unbalanced. The South Dakota class was intended to be a balanced 35,000 ton treaty battleship with the 16”45 2240lb combination. But when BuOrd devel...
by paul.mercer
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: WWII armor vs modern weapons
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: WWII armor vs modern weapons

Hi Francis, I've often wondered about hat too, i would think that a modern 'Exocet' type missile on a cruiser like the 'Belgrano' would be pretty devastating even though she would have had thicker armour than HMS Sheffield for instance who seemed to have a lot of flammable material on her. No doubt ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 96
Views: 3251

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Gentlemen, Have been 'out of action' for a few days whilst tackling my new knee. I read all the posts with interest and several things occurred to me, first of all, the in ability of Bismarck to hit the destroyers at 4000yds, I would have thought that at night, with a ship rolling around at about 10...
by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Bismarck surrender option
Replies: 96
Views: 3251

Re: The Bismarck surrender option

Gentlemen, I trust this last post is not going to lead us back to the topic of whether Capt Leach should have been Court Martialed after Denmark Strait! Personally I think that if either Lutjens or Lindermann were still alive they could have realised that they were in an impossible situation and sur...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 3563

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Off topic commentary deleted. WJJ
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: Turkey and Syria
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Turkey and Syria

Gentlemen, Your opinions please. Was president Trump correct in pulling out US troops from Syria and letting the Turks, Kurds and Syrians get on with it, even though it let the Russian in? Also, I believe Turkey has one of the largest armies in the Continent, so if the Russians ares involved could i...
by paul.mercer
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: boys anti tank rifle
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: boys anti tank rifle

Thanks very much for that Wadinga, the article was very interesting, particularly about the recoil One statement says, "We had an anti-tank rifle which temporarily incapacitated the firer after every round" Another said, " In an anti-tank rifle report on the 'Boys' it acquired the unsubstantiated na...
by paul.mercer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: boys anti tank rifle
Replies: 3
Views: 739

boys anti tank rifle

Gentlemen, Does anyone know anything about the Boys Anti-Tank rifle? I believe it was of .55 calibre and packed a mighty kick to those firing it, but what sort of tank would it be used against, as I cannot believe it would do much more than scratch the paintwork of a Panzer or Tiger and how would it...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 3563

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, We could also add to the list the US aircraft that bombed a U Boat even though it had a large red cross on its deck and was towing a number of Laconia's lifeboats, As Wadinga said, in wartime the RN also to leave survivors of sunken ships for fear of being torpedoed, so except in certain ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 3563

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, My thanks to both Bill and Alberto for their comments on my last post, I do appreciate that they have taken the time to read and reply to them. I'm afraid that I am at a bit of a loss what to say next, I have in the past tried on several occasions to tone down the content of some of the p...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 3563

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, This subject has gone way 'off topic', it was supposed to be about Bismarck's options after the torpedo hit on her rudder. I don't wish to be rude to Alberto, or any of our fellow contributors, but it seems to me that this argument (and I use this word in place of 'debate') is not likely ...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: Falkland war
Replies: 15
Views: 8121

Re: Falkland war

Gentlemen,
It seems like gross negligence by the Captain to me.
If the destroyers had picked up Conqueror at 1400 yards it seems that at only 22 knots they couldn't have caught her anyway, I wonder if, at 1400 yds distance Conqueror would have already fired her torpedoes and made off anyway?
by paul.mercer
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz shelling New York
Replies: 132
Views: 24996

Re: Tirpitz shelling New York

Gentlemen, Just picked up on this thread while idly browsing through the forum. At the beginning some posts mention the New Mexico class ships that have 12x14" 50 guns and the possibility of it shooting holes in Tirpitz if she dared to come over the US shores. Elsewhere in the Forum there are numero...
by paul.mercer
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 90
Views: 3563

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, Would it be fair to say that the Bismarck survivor had just undergone what must have been a terrifying experience of a ship being pounded to bits by shells and had just abandoned the ship into rough seas contaminated by heavy fuel oil and therefore was probably not in a position to make a...