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by paul.mercer
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: boys anti tank rifle
Replies: 1
Views: 62

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: 64
Views: 1295

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: 64
Views: 1295

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: 64
Views: 1295

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: 7083

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: 24154

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: 64
Views: 1295

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...
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 15
Views: 5144

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

Double post again,I've deleted it, must keep my finger off the mouse!!
by paul.mercer
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 15
Views: 5144

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

Thanks very much for your reply Bill, From what you say it seems that Yamato or her sister were both immune to deep penetration of their armour from even the heaviest 16" shells, so the Japanese managed to build two ships that were unsinkable in a straight ship v ship battle, I wonder if the extra t...
by paul.mercer
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 15
Views: 5144

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

Gentlemen,
Without wanting to start another ship v ship discussion, would the US super heavy shells have penetrated Yamato or Musashi's armour at any range and while we are on the subject, would their 18" shells easily penetrate the armour of an Iowa?
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: It's up to you
Replies: 3
Views: 495

It's up to you

Gentlemen, I was going to put this plea in the ‘Off Topic’ part of the forum, but as it mainly applies to the ‘Bismarck General Discussion’ bit I decided to put it there. Gentlemen, Yet another thread has been locked because some of the posts got out of hand with unacceptable comments. I don’t know ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: FYI: meaning of the notation of the draft measurements during Bismarck’s trial runs, fall 1940
Replies: 28
Views: 886

Re: FYI: meaning of the notation of the draft measurements during Bismarck’s trial runs, fall 1940

Marc, Thank you very much for posting this. So, if I understood that correctly, for the famous speed trial of 29 October, 1940, we have the following data: Draft forward: 8.5 / 4 = 9.85 meters. Draft aft: 8.8 / 4 = 9.80 m meters. Mean draft: 9.825 meters, which corresponds to a displaced volume of ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History
Replies: 59
Views: 9315

Re: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History

There have been, over the years, a large number of attempts to in some way calculate or quantify things like the 'staying power' of a ship. Some attempts concentrate on offensive capabilities, others on defensive capabilities, i.e. essentially resistance to damage, and others on some combination of...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 4566

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, The point of a forum is surely discussion and possibly argument. Not to constantly lock threads to no purpose, simply because there is some dissension. My original question was about the ships and the battle and we are still discussing a ship, submarine Ambra and its part in th...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 4566

Re: Matapan

Gentlemen, Thank you all for your input. However, once again this topic seems to be going the way of many of the others before it, some of which have been locked. My original question was about the ships and the battle, if it is going to get to the point where no one will agree and start arguing wit...