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by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wind Behavior: 0400 - 0600
Replies: 25
Views: 305

Re: Wind Behavior: 0400 - 0600

Gentlemen,
Out of interest, would the wind have any significant effect on the flight of heavy shells?
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Having started the ball rolling, I thought you might have spotted this already: Thanks Wadinga, i must have missed this one! Re Dave's statement that the difference between 14/15/16" guns was marginal, i know this is going a bit off topic but it has been claimed that Bismarck's main armour was not p...
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: 'QE' and 'R'class ships

Thanks for your reply, I often wonder when the 3 QE's were extensively rebuilt, the RN did not take the opportunity to 'Up engine' then (if there is such a word) and make them faster and even more heavily armoured, particularly as the 'Treaty was being ignored by most of the other nations'. This wou...
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: A strange occurance
Replies: 2
Views: 56

A strange occurance

Gentlemen, Whilst watching a documentary on the ME 109 a couple of days ago, a strange story of a renowned 109 pilot escorting crippled B17 back over enemy territory was mentioned and apparently was featured in a book. Does anyone know the title of that book or can shed some more light on what actua...
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, I'm going to try your patience once again! Going back to the original question of updating the KG's. In an earlier post which seems to have got lost in the debate about the seaworthiness of the KG class, I asked why that it was possible to build the 'Nelsons' with 3 x 16" turrets and stil...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies re the KG's being (or not being 'wet') ships forward, the RN must have had some experience of mounting multi-gunned turrets at the front pf a ship with the 'Nelsons' whilst keeping them within the ''Treaty' limit, were they considered to be 'wet' due to all the wei...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: 'QE' and 'R'class ships

Sorry, double post, must keep my fingers off that mouse!
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 3
Views: 97

'QE' and 'R'class ships

Gentlemen, Yet another couple of questions for you I'm afraid! i was looking up the QE and R class ships and cannot really understand why the 'R's' were built except possibly in an effort to save some money as they were smaller and slower than the ships they went before them and seemed inferior to t...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 1
Views: 50

'QE' and 'R'class ships

Gentlemen, Yet another couple of questions for you I'm afraid! i was looking up the QE and R class ships and cannot really understand why the 'R's' were built except possibly in an effort to save some money as they were smaller and slower than the ships they went before them and seemed inferior to t...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Hi Dunmunro, In your last post you stated:' Brown stated in Nelson to Vanguard that in his opinion KGV would have been better with 2in thinner side belts and 1/2in thinner decks and 3 x quad 14in turrets and no secondary armament. I don't agree at all with Brown's opinion.' While i am sure you are c...
by paul.mercer
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Re the quad mounts on the KG's. i'm afraid I may be about to display my lack of knowledge of the technical bits here, but was the problem with the 14" gun and its loading procedure that was the problem or was it with the difficulty of squeezing 4 guns into one turret (or both)? i have alw...
by paul.mercer
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Again, thanks for your input. having read all the posts past and present,regarding the 14" gun , \idid wonder if that maybe the RN did have the right idea of multiple fairly fast firing guns were actually the answer as until the radar and range finding equipment really improved firing at ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Once again,many thanks for all your valuable input, I do see Wadinga's point about two quad turrets making the ship 'nose heavy' although I understand (rightly or wrongly) that the class were regarded as being quite 'wet' ships in the bow. Re the 14" v 15 or 16", i may have got the wrong ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 50
Views: 847

Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, I realise we have debated the reasons for arming the KGV's with 14" guns before, but on looking up the Second London Treaty it seems that the USA took advantage of this to update USS Washington with 9 x 16" instead of the original 14" that they were due to be armed with. As the KG's and W...
by paul.mercer
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Secret U boat bases
Replies: 4
Views: 175

Re: Secret U boat bases

Gentlemen,
Just as an afterthought, i wonder who did build all those tunnels and huge chambers in the Canary islands and what was their purpose?