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by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck's propulsion damage
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Bismarck's propulsion damage

This is from my memory, so beware. :) I believe Bismarck's shafts converged slightly, and that in tests the ship was unable to steer with the props only, even with the rudders amidships. After the torpedo hit her captain tried a lot of different combinations and was unable to change course for Franc...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 122
Views: 50564

Re: Best war movie ever?

Yes, and some of the best war movies ever made have a romantic element to them. You don't have to sacrifice accuracy to do that.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 122
Views: 50564

Re: Best war movie ever?

Welcome, Alick! This forum isn't always very active, and I just saw your post. I haven't seen the movie you referenced. I've just recently discovered Russian war movies and they are interesting for their different point of view. I didn't particularly like Enemy at the Gates. I thought the attempt t...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 122
Views: 50564

Re: Best war movie ever?

Welcome, Alick! This forum isn't always very active, and I just saw your post. I haven't seen the movie you referenced. I've just recently discovered Russian war movies and they are interesting for their different point of view. I didn't particularly like Enemy at the Gates. I thought the attempt to...
by Steve Crandell
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Did the Kriegsmarine recruit sailors from other Axis countries?
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Did the Kriegsmarine recruit sailors from other Axis countries?

Finland was an ally, so probably common. When I was in USN boot camp we had a Canadian guy in our company. Foreign nationals can't get the highest security clearances, but the US armed forces accept recruits from a number of nations.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Führer Naval Conferences
Replies: 12
Views: 10697

Re: Führer Naval Conferences

One of the most valuable contributions of intelligence services even today is the gathering of unclassified information in countries around the world.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: design of turrets
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: design of turrets

Yes, I believe so. Sad history of a beautiful ship.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: design of turrets
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: design of turrets

Yes, I think a dome would be counterproductive because the shell would likely hit on it's side, making it more likely to penetrate. In addition, a dome would be more difficult to fashion with face hardened steel and weigh more for a given thickness. edit: I just realized that most navies didn't make...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 59
Views: 3530

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Ironically one of the most successful German raiders was SMS Seaadler, which was a three masted sailing ship.
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: the main armament of the General Belgrano
Replies: 22
Views: 776

Re: the main armament of the General Belgrano

I think the newer torpedo had some bugs which hadn't been entirely worked out.
by Steve Crandell
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb
Replies: 14
Views: 1694

Re: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb

OpanaPointer wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:12 am
Once they got the laser guided bombs up and running it was over PDQ.
Yes, but I don't think they had those in WWII. :lol:
by Steve Crandell
Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb
Replies: 14
Views: 1694

Re: A Tallboy instead of a bouncing bomb

When you consider the bouncing bomb was going off in contact with the dam, several hundred feet down with all that water pressure adding to the effect ... kinda hard to beat that sort of thing in destructive power.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Torpedo angle of attack
Replies: 19
Views: 1146

Re: Torpedo angle of attack

I think submarine stern planes work just the same as those on torpedoes. I've stood watches (a lot of them actually) on stern planes and "fairwater" planes so I know how it all works in practice, but not the technical hydrodynamics of it.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: water line
Replies: 9
Views: 1191

Re: water line

The surface would be wet in a perfectly straight line? I think it must be a plate overlap of some kind, if it isn't armor maybe just skin plating.