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by Mostlyharmless
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1598

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

I am also confused as the two sources that I found disagree. If we take the article by Hammond (who has just had a book published on the same theme "Strangling the Axis: The Fight for Control of the Mediterranean during the Second World War" by Richard Hammond, Cambridge University Press, 25 Jun 202...
by Mostlyharmless
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1598

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

I have been searching with limited success for details of the night attacks by Swordfish torpedo bombers in the Mediterranean. These were mostly on merchant ships and Italian destroyers. Describing operations from Malta http://www.aviation-history.com/fairey/swordfish.html has "Although Swordfish nu...
by Mostlyharmless
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Broadsides
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Broadsides

Battleships were designed to use their guns and the designers normally made a strong enough deck to resist the overpressure. As an extreme example, the Yamato Class had a deck of 35 mm to 50 mm of CNC armour around the turrets, which might also help to defend the barbettes. However, the large light ...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard vs. Iowa?
Replies: 28
Views: 10400

Re: Vanguard vs. Iowa?

There is another reason for composing a message using a word processor on your computer rather than online. On many sites, anything that you write online can be stored by the website. Thus if you were to write a vicious libel against another member and then decide not to post it, the words could sti...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jammed rudders and damage to prop shafts
Replies: 4
Views: 484

Re: Jammed rudders and damage to prop shafts

There is an interesting report on the steering of USS Intrepid after damage at http://www.researcheratlarge.com/Ships/CV11/1944MarchTorpedoDamageSteering.html and there is also an assuming comment at https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/i/intrepid-iv.html: By racing h...
by Mostlyharmless
Fri May 29, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Tarranto
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Tarranto

The best answer to your question that I found on the internet was on the Armoured Carriers website https://www.armouredcarriers.com/operation-judgement-swordfish-attack-taranto-from-hms-illustrious which had: "The Fleet Air Arm did not use timber attachments to their torpedoes in the same manner as ...
by Mostlyharmless
Wed May 27, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Nagato protection
Replies: 38
Views: 1701

Re: Nagato protection

Nagato's rebuild is designed to prevent what happened to Hood happening to Nagato. The machinery spaces end up only protected at their 1920 standard whilst the magazines are quite well protected against WW2 shells, although there seem to be a few weak points such as the top of the lower barbette at ...
by Mostlyharmless
Tue May 12, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1178

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

There are a fair number of bomb hits on modern battleships in WW2 and we can make some guesses about what would happen. For example, the IJN scored a single 500 kg bomb hit on Prince of Wales with a level bomber from about 2,500 metres, which was stopped by the 160 lb on 40 lb armour over the machin...
by Mostlyharmless
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2178

Re: Who won?

Battleship, as opposed to battlecruiser, armour won at Jutland but by WW2 the evidence suggests that the shells were winning up to when the fight was stopped. However, there were only a limited number of times when battleship calibre shells hit battleships. It is fairly clear that shells from the la...
by Mostlyharmless
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Us as others see us
Replies: 2
Views: 1175

Us as others see us

I found mention of this forum on the Battleship versus Battleship board, logically enough in a thread on the destruction of HMS Hood. One post describes us as a "near ghost-town" https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/warships1discussionboards/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=40464&p=782697#p782697 but there are two o...
by Mostlyharmless
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: HMS Hood's armour layout
Replies: 21
Views: 9199

Re: HMS Hood's armour layout

I know this thread is rather old but hopefully I’ll get a response. In a post above a link is provided at admirals.org to a RN study of the immunity zones of their capital ships to the German 15”shell dated 1939. That link no longer works. Does anyone know where that paper can be found today? It se...
by Mostlyharmless
Fri May 03, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions regarding Bismarck's armor scheme
Replies: 17
Views: 2607

Re: Some questions regarding Bismarck's armor scheme

The USN started strengthening the weather deck using 60 lb STS in North Carolina, South Dakota and Iowa and 60 plus 30 lb STS in the Montana design. This is normally called the bomb deck but I think that Dave once found a letter referring to this as a yaw deck. However, the outer hull above the armo...
by Mostlyharmless
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Climate Change agenda
Replies: 268
Views: 63782

Re: The Climate Change agenda

I don't think we should accuse RF of being a conspiracy theorist or of selfishness. He just doesn't understand the basic science. For example, when he breaths out carbon dioxide, he is releasing carbon that was fixed in the food that he has eaten. If he didn't eat it, it would just be released by fu...
by Mostlyharmless
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Climate Change agenda
Replies: 268
Views: 63782

Re: The Climate Change agenda

School pupils in the UK and across other European countries are being organised into a ''strike'' and walkout of their education today by a group calling itself 'Youth strike 4 climate''. This action is being supported by politicians including government ministers. Nothing is more politically insid...
by Mostlyharmless
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Battleship for Freedonia
Replies: 26
Views: 9859

Re: Battleship for Freedonia

I have noticed that one can try to combine different nation's technologies. If we believe both the German's claims of penetration of thick armour at moderate obliquity and the Japanese belief that their shells can maintain velocity and direction after falling 30 to 60 metres short of the target, it ...