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by wadinga
Sun May 26, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, I would like to assure readers that having served as Survey Party Chief of MVs Oil Hunter, Northern Horizon, Seaway Labrador and Pacific Horizon I have a great deal of experience of seeing new systems (and indeed whole vessels) being commissioned for marine operations and partic...
by wadinga
Sun May 26, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 205
Views: 3655

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Fellow Contributors, I have always been interested in the precise nature of the Bridge Structure hits. Mr Virtuani has kindly provided an excerpt where an official opinion is given, but I have never seen any mention of physical evidence of a 15" hit provided for either the Compass Platform or Direct...
by wadinga
Sun May 26, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Hello Phil, From the National Archives website: There is no need to register or apply to use the OGL. Users simply need to ensure that their use of information complies with OGL terms. Use of copyright and database right material expressly made available under this licence (the 'Information') indica...
by wadinga
Sun May 26, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, There seems to be some confusion here over who owns the vessel until the recipient signs for it and accepts it. This is surprising when expressed by someone who has served as a naval officer and has presumably seen commissioning procedure. Just as ships under the leisurely condi...
by wadinga
Sun May 26, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors< It has been said after the 7 weeks "day and lately night" exercises You can't exercise guns which are still in the hands of the manufacturers. We know there were many other elements of PoW's gunnery installation. We have records of exercises with the 5.25s and pom-poms. Also poi...
by wadinga
Sat May 25, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, It has been said: Prinz Eugen's gunnery output during 1st engagement was 85%, and during second engagement unknown. Things only break down when you use them. The more you use them, the more they are likely to break down. If they break down a lot when you are barely using them at...
by wadinga
Fri May 24, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Fellow Contributors, To mark the anniversary of the sinking of Hood here are some more items of original documentation. All are Crown Copyright. The first confirms that the gun trials carried out shortly before her first mission, gave the Admiralty representatives who were aboard the "impression" th...
by wadinga
Fri May 24, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Depth charge in Dido class cruisers
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Depth charge in Dido class cruisers

Hello Marcelo, Like many other British cruisers, the Dido class had retractable Asdic domes and a limited capacity depth charge rack at the stern. There was no thought of them being really effective U-Boat hunters, since their long speedy hulls limited their ability to manoeuvre to place their stern...
by wadinga
Mon May 20, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Type 93 torpedo longest range hit
Replies: 28
Views: 549

Re: Type 93 torpedo longest range hit

Hello All, Yes, yes, yes Byron we all agree the Type 93 was a mighty destructive piece of kit, when it hit , but the question was about hits at very long range and also about massed launches to secure success. Tassafaronga was perhaps the greatest success. I am unclear whether the Japanese fired 42 ...
by wadinga
Sat May 11, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 205
Views: 3655

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Fellow Contributors, The only example where the generation of Happy Endings were contemplated, and then not for long: (she was really firing very badly, but the happy-ending novel could not point at Hood after her destruction...) was that the British authorities did want, perhaps sentimentally, perh...
by wadinga
Fri May 10, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 205
Views: 3655

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Fellow Contributors, Reading the GAR there were considerable problems merely loading the cages on the 23rd. Turret B had problems which meant the shell arrestor was not refitted before Action Stations, they were busy fixing: Hinge trays at forward shell room fouled the locking bolt on the revolving ...
by wadinga
Thu May 09, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 205
Views: 3655

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Fellow Contributors, I would think the lengthy periods of quiet, with not much happening with the turrets immediately in front of him would be a matter of some concern. One wouldn't have to count shots, just noticing the lack of noise or brown smoke would be a bit of a giveaway. quite disturbing for...
by wadinga
Thu May 09, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 205
Views: 3655

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Fellow Contributors, It is disappointing that this information is only considered by some to be of value in terms of defaming Captain Leach's reputation, and not in terms of trying to delineate which salvoes B turret missed and build a more accurate picture of PoW's gunnery. If these were indeed ear...
by wadinga
Thu May 09, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941
Replies: 205
Views: 3655

Re: Message Traffic heard by RODNEY 24 May 1941

Hello Byron, Yes this simulated 08:00 radio message has already been debunked on page 10 of "Cover Up Synopsis" in 2016. There is no corroboration of its existence, even from German interception records. It has no actual Time Of Origin. It describes irrelevant details about survivors, that nobody ca...
by wadinga
Mon May 06, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: PoW readiness for active service
Replies: 309
Views: 5453

Re: PoW readiness for active service

Fellow Contributors, Yes, I think there are instances in some books that mention the threats were toned down/ultimately eliminated , after Tovey's strong intervention These all originate only from Tovey's late life recollection to Roskill, which lay unpublished by him and perhaps dismissed by him un...