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by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

Thanks Steve,
It must have been pretty impressive all the same with all those big guns belching fire, I'll bet the Japanese commanders nearly wet themselves when confronted with 6 battleships!Even without modern fire control the fire from 48 x14" guns must have hit something.
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

Gentlemen. iwas watching a documentary on Letye Gulf the other day and it mentioned the battle of Surigao Strait, with 5 (old) US battleships annihilated a Japanese force by crossing their T, as far as i could make out the US forces has something like 18 x16", 48 x14" and 47 x 8" shells to play with...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Main armament hoists
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Re: Main armament hoists

Admirable synthesis! Thanks! Was there any manual backup for either (I must admit that there would be difficult lifting about a ton 15 m by hand). Regards Hi Marcelo, It would indeed be a job to raise a 16" shell by hand, made even more improbable un the film 'Battleship' where 4 or 5 carried a she...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Thanks Wadinga,
I think your quote that "the 'R's and the Nelsons were too slow to even catch a cold"' has to to go down as one of the most classic statements ever on this Forum!
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Ships blowing up when the rolled over
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Ships blowing up when the rolled over

Thanks for your replies, i believe Scharnhorst actually blew up underwater after he went down, perhaps there were still fires burning new the magazines?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 371

torpedoes

Gentlemen,
This may seem a bit of a daft question given the age of missiles, but do any warships today still carry torpedoes?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Thanks for your reply Francis, i realise that the RN Med fleet was shall we say severely inconvenienced, by the loss of Barham and the attack on QE and Valiant, but i wonder if this had not occurred whether they would have been enough to deal with the French battleships or would they have had to bri...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Ships blowing up when the rolled over
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Ships blowing up when the rolled over

Gentlemen, Many moons ago I asked why some ships (Barham, Scharnhorst, Yamato) blew up as they rolled over, I believe the answer was because the shells fell out of their racks as the ship capsized. What still puzzles me is that a large calibre shell is designed to absorb a considerably heavier impac...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

paul.mercer wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Gentlemen'
Further to my question about the french fleet sailing into the Mediterranean, would the existing RN fleet be enough to deal with them
I'm assuming that all four QE's and an aircraft carrier are intact and ready for battle, but would they have been enough?
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Gentlemen'
had the french ships been completed and manned either by either French or German crews, would the RN be able to deal with them and if so what sort of gorces would they need besides the existing Mediterranean fleet?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck
Replies: 17
Views: 1161

Re: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck

What if the torpedo missed? To be honest so many things could have made a difference to the entire outcome. - What if Bismarck had left with full tanks, and refueled. Bismarck would have been sitting slightly lower in the water and maybe the shell hits from POW may have played out differently Bisma...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

Thanks for that Dave, it made very interesting reading, it seems that mistakes were made by both sides. this could possibly be one for the Hypothetical situations colimn, what if both fleets has met up in one massive battle?
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 391

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Thanks for your replies,
Would the modified Japanese torpedoes been effective in the rougher waters of the open sea as i assume they were designed for the calmer waters of PH
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 391

US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Gentlemen, if the US fleet at Pearl Harbour had prior warning of the Japanese attack and had sailed out to meet them what would have been the result, assuming that the US had their 3 carriers with them, the US were far superior in battleship numbers,(8 v 2) but the Japanese had 4 carriers plus subma...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: US Battleships

Oops, yes it certainly would!
Of course I meant 35000 tons, but as i said, I wonder why the RN seemed to have difficulty in putting 12 x14 or 8x16" in the KGv's when the US managed it, was it because the KG's had more and heavier armour and were built to be faster?