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by wadinga
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Two captains on Rodney
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: Two captains on Rodney

Hello Paul, If you go to the Bismarck General Discussion page and put Wellings in the Search box you can find 56 references to Lieutenant-Commander Joseph Wellings USN. If you put Coppinger in for Captain Coppinger RN who was also aboard you will find one- from yourself dated 2017! All the best wadi...
by wadinga
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi HMSVF and all, Thanks for a very thought-provoking post, which hopefully will garner more responses. Come on guys! On a few points: The caveat however was that British ammunition was poor. Well inconsistent in quality maybe. Seydlitz' wonderful German armour was penetrated and her two after turre...
by wadinga
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi There HMSVF, Splendid, some spirited debate to take our minds off the depressing state of the world at the moment. :D Breyer I don't think mentions one bad design I am not surprised, German warships, as weapons systems alone , were probably unmatched. Unhindered by tradition and working from a bl...
by wadinga
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Fellow Contributors, It is interesting to see how the naval constructors attempted to save weight by creating a tapered barbette/turret structure narrowing below decks in Wichita. (Diags in Navweaps) http://navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_8-55_mk12-15.php Her bigger gunhouses (Mod 4) allowed better spacin...
by wadinga
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, This article http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Navy-c1.html suggests there were very few if any New Zealanders in HMS New Zealand although the ship's construction was financed by the colony. The first NZ "boys for training" were embarked in HMS Philomel in 1914. Ther...
by wadinga
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 968

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Fellow Contributors, IMHO Steve Crandell is undoubtedly correct: I think the Baltimore class were more in their league than New Orleans. You can't really compare a post-Washington rules design with one created under them. So equally the Counties are not a fair comparison. Squeezing so much into the ...
by wadinga
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, Having a bit of bias as an enthusiast is one thing, flavouring what is supposedly a factual and well researched account which should be regarded as reliable is another. Mr Staff never misses an opportunity for a potshot at the RN, justified or otherwise. For instance describing th...
by wadinga
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, The two books are "Skagerrak: The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes" pub 2016, and "Battle of the Seven Seas: German Cruiser Battles 1914-18" pub 2011. Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and the Courageeous/Glorious 1917 actions are covered as well as Goeben's activities in the 201...
by wadinga
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Names of the Ersatz Yorck-class ships?
Replies: 1
Views: 58

Re: Names of the Ersatz Yorck-class ships?

Hi Admiral Semmes, According to German Warships by Erich Groner revised by Dieter Jung and Martin Maas, Ersatz Yorck would have been joined by Ersatz Scharnhorst and Ersatz Gneisenau. Since one of the previous but uncompleted Mackensens was to be named Graf Spee, I would guess they might have retain...
by wadinga
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes,

Do you have Gary Staff's other books on Skagerrak and the "Seven Seas" book on the cruiser campaign?

All the best

wadinga
by wadinga
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hello AdmiralSemmes, On my shelves I have: British and German Battlecruisers by Michele Constantino & Ruggero Stanglini Clydebank Battlecruisers by Ian Johnston Grand Fleet Battlecruisers by Steve Backer Battlecruiser Invincible by V E Tarrant For anecdotes the text of WW I book With the Battlecruis...
by wadinga
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 371

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

Fellow Contributors, Scheer and the High Seas fleet left the crippled battlecruisers Lutzow and Seydlitz behind as he ran for harbour at utmost speed after his "victory" at the Skagerrak. Seydlitz staggered in under her own power, but Lutzow was deliberately sunk with trapped survivors still aboard ...
by wadinga
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1606

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Ploughing through the complex nomenclature of the German 37mm gun in Skiwiot's German Naval Guns I think the retention of the SK C/30 model, which was really a "quick firing gun" (Schnell Kanone) rather than an automatic cannon was because the Kriegsmarine was convinced of the o...
by wadinga
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1606

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Thorsten, thanks for contributing excellent original documentation. :clap: :clap: :clap: Whatever the validity of the claims by ships' AA, some of the Swordfish were destroyed or damaged by JG 26 Fw 190 fighters which had to attack from astern, and lower their landing gear in or...
by wadinga
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1606

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors< I unfortunately misquoted Roger Kerrison :oops: from an account in The Swordfish story by Ray Sturtivant. Kerrison, who flew with 830 claimed the figure sunk or damaged . It may be a wartime estimate which as we all know were sometimes somewhat inflated and was for a period 1941...