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by paul.mercer
Fri May 17, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: gun placement on battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 256

Re: gun placement on battleships

Marcela Malara wrote: "AFAIK there were this and the two French" Hi Marcelo, yes, however the forth French "Richelieu" ( Gascogne ) would have had the 2 quadruple turrets one fore and one aft. Also the following French Type 1, 2 and 3 proposed super-dreadnought of the French Navy would have been bu...
by paul.mercer
Fri May 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 192
Views: 3093

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Hi Alberto, You posted the other day: No, we don't, because no data is available for KGV ordered shots (you have assumed them, without any evidence supporting). In addition, KGV fired for 20 minutes from shorter distance at a significantly slower Rate of Fire (1.7 salvo per minute vs 1.9 average for...
by paul.mercer
Thu May 16, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: gun placement on battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 256

Re: gun placement on battleships

It is a liability: -dead astern arcs can not be covered -a single impact that would affect the forward magazines (supposing the ship survives that) would disable 100% of the primary artillery Hi Marcelo I may be wrong, but I thought we had covered this point in another thread and came to the conclu...
by paul.mercer
Wed May 15, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 192
Views: 3093

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Gentlemen, I'm a little puzzled, As far as I can tell it appears that it has been suggested that PE was not using AP shells and so may not have been capable of penetrating Hood's armour, if that is the case surely the flash seen on Hood's deck would suggest that it was actually an 8" shell from PE, ...
by paul.mercer
Tue May 14, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: gun placement on battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 256

Re: gun placement on battleships

Thanks for the reply, Presumably as most other ships were a 2+2 arrangement they were considered to be better for some practical uses, but I have often wondered whether for actual battle conditions on say a one to one the three forward turrets might be an advantage
by paul.mercer
Tue May 14, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: gun placement on battleships
Replies: 21
Views: 256

gun placement on battleships

Gentlemen, In many of the other threads there have been references to ships having some of their guns 'masked' by a turn. I realise that the standard position is to have two turrets forward and two aft which in the case of Hood approaching Bismarck would not have her rear turrets available until she...
by paul.mercer
Tue May 14, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 57
Views: 9527

Re: Bismarck analysis

Hi alecsandros, Are you suggesting that there is now doubt whether it was a hit from Rodney or KGV that knocked out the forward turrets, I thought that it was generally accepted that it was a 16" hit that did the damage - or did one shell from each ship arrive around the same time and almost at the...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 13, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck analysis
Replies: 57
Views: 9527

Re: Bismarck analysis

As a matter of fact, KGV was the first one to obtain a hit (ca. 5 minutes after opening). It is another myth that the first hit was the Anton/Bruno silencer by Rodney. If memory serves correctly, KGV obtained a hit at the base of the forward superstructure first. German reports mention that the fir...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 13, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Deep load
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Deep load

Thanks for that Dave.
by paul.mercer
Sun May 12, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Deep load
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Deep load

Gentlemen, Another quick question for you. When a ship weighs out at a certain number of tons 'Deep Load' am I right in assuming that this included all fuel,armament,(including shells) stores etc? If so, would the 'Treaty' limit of 35000 tons for battleships include all the above -or was it just for...
by paul.mercer
Sun May 12, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 192
Views: 3093

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Gentlemen,
A quick question, why was Hood's gunnery considered to be OK, she was firing at the wrong ship and according to some points of view, did not actually get near Bismarck before she blew up? What she did in the past regarding gunnery has no bearing on what happened at Denmark Strait.
by paul.mercer
Mon May 06, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: French air force
Replies: 1
Views: 137

French air force

Gentlemen, Whilst looking up the subject of Churchill's order for the RN to sink the French fleet at Oran, one writer claimed that this was done primarily to impress the US, he later put this claim ((under an assumed name) that: I too, am doing a paper on the Fall of France but from the perspective ...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 06, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: British postwar tests on armor
Replies: 82
Views: 1488

Re: British postwar tests on armor

Gentlemen,
As always, many thanks for your replies.
by paul.mercer
Sun May 05, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: British postwar tests on armor
Replies: 82
Views: 1488

Re: British postwar tests on armor

Gentlemen,
Did any of the 'Tallboys that hit Tirpitz go right through the ship and out of the bottom?
by paul.mercer
Sat May 04, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5258

Re: PoW readiness for active service

Gentlemen, As this debate is like others before it, in danger of spiraling out of control despite the best efforts of our moderator to 'calm down' some of the statements, would it be fair to agree that while PoW was 'ready for service' , she was not really 'ready for battle' and then move on to ano...