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by wadinga
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance
Replies: 15
Views: 282

Re: Early RDF Type 284 Radar Performance

Fellow Contributors, This statement is 100% correct if, perhaps IMHO, a little understated: Yes. Meteorological conditions and other anomalies (such as atmospheric ducting), even sea state to a degree, can influence radar performance. Yes hugely affect, we cannot talk about absolute guaranteed deliv...
by wadinga
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, The point of a forum is surely discussion and possibly argument. Not to constantly lock threads to no purpose, simply because there is some dissension. My original question was about the ships and the battle and we are still discussing a ship, submarine Ambra and its part in the...
by wadinga
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, I personally don't know what has been written in this book but I see what the highly respected Italian naval author Francesco Mattesini writes of Cernuschi's articles in Storia Militare: n. 172 – gennaio 2008 Punta Stilo, nuovi elementi Parte 1a (E. Cernuschi) n. 173 – febbraio ...
by wadinga
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 25
Views: 4488

Re: WW1 battleships

Fellow Contributors, To return to the thread subject: anti-torpedo nets, looking at the splendid large format photos in R A Burt's series of books about British pre-Dreadnought and WWI battleships, it is clear that they were relatively insubstantial, as the rolled nets lining the decks of various ve...
by wadinga
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling
Replies: 6
Views: 580

Re: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling

Hello andrewuk184, I think the whole business of "surrendering" in the heat of action is tricky. Just because you put your hands up an instant after unloading your last clip into a man's buddy, it might be a little optimistic to expect the survivor to treat you with overwhelming courtesy, whilst his...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 25
Views: 4488

Re: WW1 battleships

Fellow Contributors, R A Burt, writing of the loss of HMS Triumph to U-21's torpedo in "British battleships 1889-1904" says As with Majestic the torpedo sliced through the nets as if they were paper and struck the ship with maximum force. Although some RN vessels had dispensed with torpedo nets and ...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 25
Views: 4488

Re: WW1 battleships

Hello Byron, Thanks for all that splendid information, a fine response. So no fittings for booms then. Just unnecessary "holes in the hull" just above the waterline. I hope the gunports were a better seal than the Mary Rose or the Vasa's :shock: I think the "net from vessels' own hull type barriers"...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 25
Views: 4488

Re: WW1 battleships

Fellow Contributors, Hi Byron, Sorry confusion all round. I suffered from brain fade too. I should have been talking about a pre-dreadnought class comprising Kearsarge and Kentucky built 1898. (Yes it should be in another section and I misremembered and said the 1901 -built Maine with 3 funnels not ...
by wadinga
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: WW1 battleships
Replies: 25
Views: 4488

Re: WW1 battleships

Fellow Contributors, Ultimately, paravanes proved a far superior solution. I'm a bit confused about Byron's observation, as paravanes have nothing to do with torpedo defence, their tow wires and cutters are meant to deflect and shear moored mine cables. Confusion may have occurred since Pedestal con...
by wadinga
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, graphically showing that no incident could happen as the Italian battlefleet was not allowed to get so easterly as the submarines patrol areas.... Study it, please. Moltke the Elder said No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's mai...
by wadinga
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, I have both the operation orders sent to all the involved commands and the original mission report of Ambra Do these orders relate to the original mission: On March 5, 1941 she was deployed along with ten other submarines off Crete to search for British convoys on the route Alex...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, Read before laughing BTW I've just checked the only English origin reference, Chesneau, in the English language Wikipedia article, and he makes no mention of Ambra's action against Bonaventure, so the origin is clearly one of the Italian authors, Pollini, Giorgerini or the famou...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors,

When I find which of these sources
Pollini, Giorgerini or the famous editor of that most excellent journal which only prints the most "correct" material, ERMINIO BAGNASCO
was writing so-called "nonsense", I'll keep all informed.

All the best

wadinga
by wadinga
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 2952

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, that is basically correct I'm sorry who decides what is "correct"? We have two contradictory versions, one including intimate, detailed descriptions of Ambra's damage which can only have come from an internal Italian Navy source. Once again we have an attempt to generate unneces...
by wadinga
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3021

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Fellow Contributors, Yes No 4 is secondary armament smoke. Since it appears PG never fired her armament on first contact with the cruisers, or during the breakaway it seems likely that No 2 is Denmark Straits, however I am intrigued that the photogrammetrist questions whether the Bismarck smoke clou...