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by paul.mercer
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: A Force Z What If

Gentlemen, I have to agree, the RN would be foolish to try and take on such an overwhelming force -all they had was one modern battleship an elderly battlecruiser and four destroyers against two battleships, two heavy cruisers (with 8" guns?) and eight destroyers probably armed with the deadly Long ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Missed a spot?
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: Missed a spot?

Hi Pieter C, That Facebook site has some excellent photos including the head on shot with the port anchor down, it could be water has drained across the deck and down the starboard hawsepipe. The blobs on deck could be be two crewmen with a hose whilst the rest of the party are clustered round the ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway

Many thanks for the post Wadinga, you really are a mine of information, perhaps i will work out how to tell my bow from my stern in future!
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway

On investigation, PE did lose her stern in a torpedo attack
by paul.mercer
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway

Its interesting to see that the stern has snapped off, like Bismarck and I think Prince Eugen, was there something faulty in the building or the design of these ships? Not Prinz Eugen. You must be thinking of another ship. See image below from Wiki. Prinz-Eugen-wreck-2018.jpg I think it might have ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb
Replies: 11
Views: 518

Re: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb

Gentlemen, As always, many thanks for your replies, As you say the 'Bouncing Bombs' used water pressure to crack the dam wall(a bit like a giant depth charge) what I was wondering is what the effect would be if a 'Tallboy' (or 'Grand Slam') did land close to the dam wall, would they undermine it and...
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb
Replies: 11
Views: 518

A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb

Gentlemen, We have discussed 'Earthquake' bombs and 'Bouncing' bombs in another thread, however I have often wondered what the result would have been if Barnes Wallis had developed his 'Tallboy' and 'Grand Slam' bombs earlier on an used either one or both types on the dams, would they have destroyed...
by paul.mercer
Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow

Thanks Wadinga,
I'll bet it made a mess of the ROV! it just shows that no fuze can ever be relied upon to deactivate over time, even underwater
It makes one wonder if there are more unexploded 'Tallboys' in the mud around where Tirpitz was sunk as they dropped quite a number on her.
by paul.mercer
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow

Gentlemen, Getting back to the bomb itself, the films available on U tube certainly show a very spectacular waterspout, but some of the comentry is a little confusing. The report in the daily papers said they were trying to flush out the explosive when it went off, this procedure was normally carrie...
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Torpedo angle of attack
Replies: 19
Views: 661

Re: Torpedo angle of attack

Gentlemen, In a post on the attack on Tarranto, I asked this question: "It is widely assumed that the Japanese attack or Pearl Harbour was motivated by the RN attack on the Italian port of Tarranto. After watching a documentary on the Pearl Harbour attack it showed the tail of the Japanese torpedoes...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway
Replies: 8
Views: 568

Re: Wreck of German cruiser Karlsruhe found / ID'd off Norway

Its interesting to see that the stern has snapped off, like Bismarck and I think Prince Eugen, was there something faulty in the building or the design of these ships?
by paul.mercer
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow

Just a couple of afterthoughts, the bomb must have been very deep in the mud with a 6 ton bomb falling at high speed. Also regarding flushing out the explosive from a mine or bomb, there was a TV series called 'Danger UXB' which was repeated a while ago which showed holes being drilled in the casing...
by paul.mercer
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bouncing bombs against ships
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Bouncing bombs against ships

Thanks Wadinga, I would have thought that a fairly large target like a Mosquito approaching a well armed ship like Tirpitz at the low level needed to drop the bomb would have been extremely hazardous. There is one of the practice bombs recovered from Chesill Beach in Dorset on display at the swan sa...
by paul.mercer
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bouncing bombs against ships
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Bouncing bombs against ships

Gentlemen, I'm not sure here to put this so i placed it in this bit! Following the success of the 'Dams' raid the RAF experimented with a smaller bouncing bomb to be dropped against ships by a Mosquito bomber. although I believe they were not particularly well regarded as a weapon. My question is th...
by paul.mercer
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: A bomb that didn't sink Lutzow

Hi Wadinga, I would have thought that the 'tallboy' would have gone straight through a ship like 'Lutzow' bearing in mind the damage they did to Tirpitz. Re the burning out of explosives from bombs, this as a normal practice over here particularly with paracute mines if the fuzes were damaged and co...