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by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 189
Views: 5508

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Gentlemen, Alberto wrote: he major problem for someone here is that the "accepted reconstruction" (e.g. the turn away of PoW at 6:01:30, after 1 minute under BS fire and immediately after the first shell received onboard) shows clearly that the regrettable aftermath (request for an "investigation"/B...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Can the German Navy Be Saved?
Replies: 7
Views: 7632

Re: Can the German Navy Be Saved?

If the German Navy is to be a significant force then that requires Germany itself to be a significant power in its own right - it is not simply a matter of money and provision of resources on an existing budget. To answer the question directly it would need Germany to have an AFD government that ta...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bombing of the Tirpitz
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Bombing of the Tirpitz

Gentlemen,
Many thanks to you both those big bombs obviously did their job!
by paul.mercer
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bombing of the Tirpitz
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Bombing of the Tirpitz

Gentlemen, I'm not sure where to place this post, but here it goes! Watching a program about the sinking of the Tirpitz by 9 and 617 squadrons, it was suggested that the 'Tallboy' bombs achieved or went through the sound barrier on their way down and that the several 'near misses' could gave given s...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 189
Views: 5508

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Gentlemen, i do not intent to get into this argument as I know nothing about the subject. What I will say however is that we are entering a new year and a new decade and it would be a shame if the hostilities (for that is what they were) between certain members carries on into it. Perhaps it is time...
by paul.mercer
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Season's Greetings!
Replies: 5
Views: 277

Re: Season's Greetings!

Gentlemen,
Seasons greetings and wishing you all a very happy New Year.
Paul
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 33
Views: 7197

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: 33
Views: 7197

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: 709

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: 3878

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: 3878

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: 3767

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: 2
Views: 1041

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: 1190

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: 1190

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...