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by Mostlyharmless
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Torpedo angle of attack
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: Torpedo angle of attack

There was a trend to attacking with torpedoes at higher speed and higher altitude by both the IJN and the USN. According to http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WTUS_WWII.php#22.4%22_%2856.9_cm%29_Mark_13 the USN Mk 13 went from "The early models were further handicapped by the need to drop them low and ...
by Mostlyharmless
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Major Royal Navy defeat in 1914?
Replies: 6
Views: 798

Re: Major Royal Navy defeat in 1914?

The consequences may be more significant than some posters suspect. Italy decided to join WW1 to be on the winning side following Austro-Hungarian defeats in Galicia. If the control of the North Sea seems disputed in early 1915, Italy may decide to wait and see. It may be clear by mid 1915 that the ...
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.
Replies: 29
Views: 2748

Re: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.

dunmunro wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:35 am
Well something was causing Bismarck to have an increasing list to port, that was clearly visible to RN observers.
Did Rodney hit Bismarck with a torpedo exploding amidships on the port side?
by Mostlyharmless
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Tonnage and Displacement
Replies: 16
Views: 12583

Re: Tonnage and Displacement

The issue of the displacements of warships in WW2 has a few other sources of confusion. If we have reliable documents, we find a simple "light" displacement which is the weight of the ship without any stores, ammunition, boiler water or fuel. We can add in weight of everything except the fuel and re...
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: 2030

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: 2030

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: 187

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: 10909

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: 567

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: 885

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: 2014

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: 1265

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: 2555

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: 1422

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: 9421

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...