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by HMSVF
Fri Feb 10, 2023 1:15 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Midway question!
Replies: 7
Views: 2821

Midway question!

Currently watching "Midway" (70's version). Question! Why did the Japanese keep swapping between torpedoes and bombs!? You can still hit a carrier with a bomb but you cannot torpedo an airstrip!? I suppose what I'm asking is if they hadn't prevaricating over ordinance and actually stuck wi...
by HMSVF
Tue Dec 27, 2022 4:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 'New' Photo of Bismarck on the Elbe
Replies: 14
Views: 18629

Re: 'New' Photo of Bismarck on the Elbe

Thanks Jose', yes I see it now. But this "new" photo of Bismarck reminded me of a photo I saw of Hood and demonstrates the awe-inspiring sight that both ships were to their respective countrymen and women! Quite the parallel! https://eisenbahnstiftung.de/images/bildergalerie/82918.jpg htt...
by HMSVF
Tue Oct 11, 2022 8:14 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Why built useless battleships?
Replies: 61
Views: 20196

Re: Why built useless battleships?

Is know that for the Great War of Aggression Against Germany, the Battleships were uselees as proved by the fact both side feared use their battleships in battle. So why bother building a ship that will never be built when you can go for more crusiers and submarines, (and some deathly torpedo destr...
by HMSVF
Tue Sep 27, 2022 6:55 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Re: Doomed to fail

Hi HMSVF, Re part of your post which stated 'Once you have vessels with turbine engines everything looks a little slow. 23knots was good in the pre-dreadnought era but pedestrian post 1906', isn't it amazing that the RN went on to build the 'QE', 'R' and the 'Nelson' classes with the same or just a...
by HMSVF
Tue Sep 27, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Re: Doomed to fail

Evening! Your right about the German AC's at Coronel - I was too British focused! That said the British AC's were of the White era and I'm sure that Fisher said of one of the classes (County class from memory) that "White had designed them but forgot the armament" (or similar). AGainst sh...
by HMSVF
Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: What is Putin up to?
Replies: 98
Views: 42224

Re: What is Putin up to?

To argue that the EU is irrelevant to the military situation is quite misleading. All the major European members of NATO are also EU states. Those very same EU states make it logistically possible for those USD 53 billion dollars (and counting) of American war supplies and support to reach the Zele...
by HMSVF
Sun Sep 25, 2022 6:49 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Re: Doomed to fail

Evening! Your right about the German AC's at Coronel - I was too British focused! That said the British AC's were of the White era and I'm sure that Fisher said of one of the classes (County class from memory) that "White had designed them but forgot the armament" (or similar). AGainst shi...
by HMSVF
Sat Sep 24, 2022 2:13 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Re: Doomed to fail

Byron Apologies, I think I've confused Defence with Black Prince (in regards to papers). I definitely remember reading that Black Prince had a torpedo bar deployed and her course appeared "away" from the course of the HSF (as known) with the torpedoe tube being on the correct side to open ...
by HMSVF
Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:49 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Re: Doomed to fail

Thanks for an interesting read! I suppose my views have been tainted by what happened at Jutland,the Goeben affair,Coronel and the "Live Bait Squadron"! I just find them a bit of an anachronism,I suppose that they were overtook by technology yet were "hulls in the water" at a tim...
by HMSVF
Mon Aug 29, 2022 1:39 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton report.
Replies: 13
Views: 7965

Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton report.

Hi all,


I imagine that many of the scholars on here will have read this already. I found it whilst browsing!

https://www.benjidog.co.uk/battleships/ ... ost_Mortem


BW HMSVF
by HMSVF
Mon Aug 22, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?
Replies: 135
Views: 19829

Re: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?

Daft question (I'm full of them !) Were the individual ships allowed limited freedom of action as long as they stayed in formation. I'm sure I've read that individual ships opened up the range if their (German)opposite number had a good firing solution. Would this explain the "raggedness" ...
by HMSVF
Mon Aug 22, 2022 9:47 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Re: Doomed to fail

Hi HMSVF It is my understanding that the GF faced a shortage of light cruisers at the time. A look at the GF cruising formation suggests that Jellicoe exercised considerable caution with respect to the deployment of his armored cruisers. They were not placed out front. My thoughts, anyways. Byron T...
by HMSVF
Sat Aug 20, 2022 10:41 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Doomed to fail
Replies: 63
Views: 10711

Doomed to fail

Hi all. I've been pondering. Why did the Grand Fleet deploy armored cruisers at Jutland. They were not particularly fast (23 knots) so they were hardly likely to be able to scout far beyond the main body of the fleet. They were (reasonably) well armed but would be outmatched by the German battlecrui...
by HMSVF
Thu Aug 04, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: New Bismarck/Tirpitz Book By Mssrs. Bonomi and Virtuani
Replies: 3
Views: 6311

Re: New Bismarck/Tirpitz Book By Mssrs. Bonomi and Virtuani

Certainly was heated, but it will be interesting to know what the "silver bullet" was. I look forward to hearing on here about it when the details are known!


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HMSVF
by HMSVF
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:24 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?
Replies: 135
Views: 19829

Re: Was the H.M.S Hood the most powerful ship for 20 years?

These are plainly allegations of some sort of deception without allowing that they may originate in simple errors. Chatfield's ship was under a hail of fire, and he and others may have been more interested in the potential magazine explosion brewing amidships, giving orders for damage control etc a...