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by HMSVF
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 362

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

T/O My gut feeling is that the Japanese would have lost a lot more planes but the US would have been permanently deprived of more battleships than historic unless they had sufficient air cover. As for Halsey? Well,I suppose a lot would depend on who got the first blow in first and where. If the Japa...
by HMSVF
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 373

Re: Leyte gulf

If you take out the US carriers, presumably because they don't exist, then the US carrier construction would be replaced with additional battleship construction, including US battleships with 18 inch calibre guns? Would they though? Aircraft had shown that they could sink battleships and the US had...
by HMSVF
Mon May 25, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck
Replies: 17
Views: 1152

Re: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck

Fellow Contributors, but I believe that Repulse had already been told earlier not to engage unless Bismarck was fully occupied with other ships No it was actually Renown which was so instructed, and only after Bismarck started circling, meaning that Tovey would catch her anyway and there was no nee...
by HMSVF
Sun May 10, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1195

Re: Monitors

Fellow Contributors, A Google search https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ul6CAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA13&hl=ru&source=gbs_toc_r&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false got me access to a chunk of Ian Buxton's excellent book (thanks Byron) which I will try to buy if possible. In it it is described how the 12" guns rep...
by HMSVF
Sat May 02, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Supercharged modifications to Revenge class Battleships
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Supercharged modifications to Revenge class Battleships

I'm fairly comfortable that the R class didn't get the 30 degree turret mounting upgrade, but I am unsure which of the four got the Super charge modification. It has to be HMS Ramillies then. Resolution and Revenge had been decommissioned into HMS Imperiuse (at least one of them was disarmed - I th...
by HMSVF
Sat May 02, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Who won?

Neither?

The whole line of battle premise was made obsolete once you could drop sufficiently powerful ordnance accurately from the air or break the back of a ship with torpedoes that bypassed any previous ideas of defence.

Isn’t the whole game plan these days not to be hit at all?
by HMSVF
Fri May 01, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2500

Re: Updating the KGV class

Accounts of Prince of Wales operations in the tropics indicate that the KGV's were poorly suited for operations in such environments. They were not equipped with air conditioning and ventilation below decks was poor. In fact the crew engaged in unauthorized ventilation improvements which probably c...
by HMSVF
Fri May 01, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: 'QE' and 'R'class ships

Fellow Contributors, The ships which did get much more power through rebuilds even more extensive than some QEs were the Cavours and Duilios. By eliminating the midships turret a vast amount more machinery space became available and with bow lengthening, despite carrying more armour, their speed we...
by HMSVF
Fri May 01, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: 'QE' and 'R'class ships

I'd also add that the R class were "tight" design. Their protection scheme was apparently better than the Q.E's but I believe that there metacentric height and compactness meant that there was bugger all that could be done to modernise them to say the likes of HMS Malaya,let alone for instance HMS V...
by HMSVF
Fri May 01, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you fix the Alaska class?
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Re: How would you fix the Alaska class?

Hello everyone. I love the Alaska class. They're good looking ships, and for what they were made to do, they probably would have done well. But I believe the too many cooks in the kitchen line that's often associated with her rings true. She's weighty, huge, doesn't host an overly impressive AA bat...
by HMSVF
Fri May 01, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: 'QE' and 'R'class ships

Gentlemen, Yet another couple of questions for you I'm afraid! i was looking up the QE and R class ships and cannot really understand why the 'R's' were built except possibly in an effort to save some money as they were smaller and slower than the ships they went before them and seemed inferior to ...
by HMSVF
Fri May 01, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Supercharged modifications to Revenge class Battleships
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Supercharged modifications to Revenge class Battleships

Hi all, late 1941 the four remaining R or Revenge class battleships were redeployed t the far East, forming the 3rd Battle Squadron, at Ceylon. The class was equipped with the 15-inch (381 mm) Mk I guns in four twin gun turrets. The 15-inch Mk I was modified, starting sometime in the late 1930s, wi...
by HMSVF
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 343
Views: 14470

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Hello, to Mr. Nilsson writing: 'I found some very nice pictures of the Arriflex without tripod:' thanks for the images. In all of them cameraman is leaning, kneeling or sitting, never walking around during a gun action. No clear image can be obviously taken when walking with the ship rolling, pitch...
by HMSVF
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 343
Views: 14470

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Fellow Contributors, Herr Nilsson has produced an excellent graphic example, I presume this is the midships starboard mount. However projecting the muzzle alignment plane to Bismarck still puts the ships at approx. 90 degrees to each other, not 50. Also it assumes deploying the unengaged guns but f...
by HMSVF
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 343
Views: 14470

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Fellow Contributors, Returning to the photo under consideration, hopefully someone else will be able to consider the five points. Just say what you see. Evaluation of this photo has previously obsessed over what turret Anton might be pointing at, but that need not be answered and may be unknowable....