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by paul.mercer
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Adm Troubridge-right/wrong-in the GOEBEN AFFAIR
Replies: 28
Views: 14257

Re: Adm Troubridge-right/wrong-in the GOEBEN AFFAIR

Gentlemen,
I realise this is off the current topic, but in WW2 was there an incident where an Admiral commanding either Renown or Repulse who was criticized for not attacking some Vichy French cruisers due to either a misunderstanding or a conflict of orders from the Admiralty?
by paul.mercer
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea

Thanks again Marcelo,
I believe that the parachute mines dropped on land had 17 second fuzes, not much time for a disposal officer to get away if they stated to run, especially as they might have stopped just short of their activation!
by paul.mercer
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea

Thanks Marcelo, I think you are correct in your assumption, I don't know what dept that it was fishing, but apparently the trawler was was lifted right out of the water by the explosion and badly damaged, but happily did not sink. Re the word 'Influence mine' I'm not familiar with that term, would t...
by paul.mercer
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea

A lot of ordnance has been washed up on beaches due to the recent storms and several anti tank mines have bee blown up by RN BD experts, Also an inert practice sea mine was discovered on a beach in Cornwall which shows there is still quite a lot of stuff about. Obviously we will never know what expl...
by paul.mercer
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea
Replies: 9
Views: 708

Re: trawler damaged by explosion in North sea

Gentlemen, I entered ' How many mines were laid in WW1 and WW2' into a 'Google' search and it came up with all sorts of interesting information. It was a hell of a lot! From what I have read about the 'North sea' incident, it appears that the trawler snagged something on the bottom and it went off, ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Führer Naval Conferences
Replies: 12
Views: 10703

Re: Führer Naval Conferences

Gentlemen, Just had another look at the 'Report of the Commander in Chief, Navy, to the Führer on 6 June 1941, at the Berghof'. it seems that the German navy had a considerable amount of information about where the all RN ships that were involved in the pursuit and even the names of their captains -...
by paul.mercer
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Better damage control what if?
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Better damage control what if?

An interesting question, The only problem that i could see was that although the counter flooding on one side could be controlled, the other side might not, leading to an increasing amount coming in on that side so she would still have listed over eventually. This is what I found on Wikipedia Final ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: design of turrets
Replies: 5
Views: 506

design of turrets

Gentlemen, Looking at some of the turrets on later battleships they appear to be almost flat on top, if, as has been discussed elseware, a shell arrives at an angle and does not fall vertically, surely a turret roof with a bit of a 'dome' on it would increase the chances of it glancing off. Obviousl...
by paul.mercer
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Sinking of the cruiser General Belgrano

Hi Marcelo,
It looks very interesting, any chance you could translate that into English?
by paul.mercer
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Loading big guns
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Loading big guns

Thanks to you both for your replies, it still looked like jolly hard work.
Also, i'm not sure if the navy painted the shell nose as in the film, still, it wasn't a bad film bearing in mind it's age.
by paul.mercer
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Loading big guns
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Loading big guns

Gentlemen, Having watched the film 'Sink the Bismarck' yet again, (which seems to be put on almost every week!), I was interested that in the film - which was presumably taken on Vanguard, of the method of loading a 15" gun, the loader seems to be working very hard pulling leavers to work the ram th...
by paul.mercer
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: the main armament of the General Belgrano
Replies: 22
Views: 778

Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Hi Marcelo, Reading up a bit more about the escort destroyers, I understand that both were of WW2 vintage so I do wonder that even if they had been in fairly close contact with the Belgrano whether they would have been capable of detecting let alone attacking HMS Conqueror and bearing in mind what w...
by paul.mercer
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: the main armament of the General Belgrano
Replies: 22
Views: 778

Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Hi Marcelo, Thanks again for your informative comments. I find it difficult to believe that two torpedoes would not be capable of sinking the ship, particularly if the watertight doors may have been left open or they hit in the 'wrong' place. But there have always been rumours (although denied by th...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: the main armament of the General Belgrano
Replies: 22
Views: 778

Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Once again, many thanks for the info Marcelo, that was very helpful.
Paul
by paul.mercer
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: the main armament of the General Belgrano
Replies: 22
Views: 778

Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

Thanks for the info Marcelo,
What about the crew when she last sailed, were they fully trained or just reservists put into a tired old ship and told to do their best?