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by Dave Saxton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions
Replies: 2
Views: 336

Re: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions

Intel could use three basic tools to retain a fairly good picture of enemy dispositions, especially of major warships; not including the cloak and dagger, and the femme fatale, stuff. 1) Direct observation. 2) Air reconnaissance. 3) Signal Intel. First, direct observation would be a standard practic...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard and Bismarck
Replies: 88
Views: 31717

Re: Vanguard and Bismarck

Gentlemen, Re backing plates, when the Germans designed their U boat pens I believe they deliberately left a space between the outside and inner reinforced concrete roof to absorb the effect of any bomb that might penetrate the upper roof, would this method give the same protection using steel plat...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: A Force Z What If

Both PoW and Repulse had type 284 gunnery radars. In late 1941 the type 284 was not all that capable, however. It was not yet capable of blind fire being with out lobe switching, and the effective range to a battleship was still only about 20,000 yards. Perhaps 25,000 yards absolute max. However, if...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: A Force Z What If

and lastly at what distance do the Japanese destroyers launch their torpedo attack. At the Battle of the Java Sea, they launched at about 15,000 yds This is a significant consideration. The Allies had no idea about the capabilities of Japanese torpedoes. Their speed and range made them far more dan...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: A Force Z What If

Kondo will try to position his fleet to cut off Phillip's path to Singapore and beyond. Then he will send in his destroyers. He probably doesn't want a running fight from plus 20,000 yards going toward Singapore to the west of the Anamaba Islands. There was minefield there that both sides knew about...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operations MO MI AL
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Operations MO MI AL

The third writing system in Japanese is the Kanji. Kanji is not phonetic, but uses symbols to convey a meaning. It can therefore convey a more complex meaning than just the sound of a word. The Kanji borrows its symbols from Chinese but they may or may not mean the same things in Japanese. A Kanji w...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Operations MO MI AL
Replies: 5
Views: 808

Re: Operations MO MI AL

The use of Roman letters, or Romanji, within the Japanese language date back to 16th century AD when Christian missionaries needed a way to cross translate scriptures. Of course if morse code is used, Romanji must be used instead of Japanese script. There are three writing systems in Japanese over t...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: German Radar
Replies: 42
Views: 19874

Re: German Radar

During Operation Berlin S&G still operated FUMG39 sets. The MK2 sets were available and installed on new construction. However, S&G did not get the updated technology until after they arrived at Brest.
by Dave Saxton
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 986

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

OpanaPointer wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:30 am
It wasn't until after noon that the Army advised Com14th of the radar track Lockard and Elliott developed at that radar installation on the north side of Oahu. (Now what was that name again?)
LOL
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 1304

Re: Leyte gulf

The USN was much better at night fighting than they were earlier in the war. How could they not be? I know there was at least one case where USN DDs ambushed some IJN DDs with torpedoes at night, using radar as their primary sensor. I agree that USN was much better at night fighting as the war prog...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

The massive battle opportunity was the Battle of the Philippine Sea during June 1944. The reason a massive surface fleet engagement did not develop was because of the complete domination of USN air power, and Adm. Lee's refusal to fight at night. Actually, Philippine Sea had influence on Halsey's de...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 1304

Re: Leyte gulf

You seem to be saying that the Japanese radar was superior to the Mark 3 fire control radar which was mounted on many US battleships and which couldn't be used successfully against Yamashiro at Surigao Strait. Only the three BBs with Mark 8 could get radar ranges. So hypothetically the IJN had a te...
by Dave Saxton
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: US Battleships

The main armored deck of the West Virginia class was only 1.5" of STS laid directly on 1.5" of mild steel.
by Dave Saxton
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 1304

Re: Leyte gulf

I’m taking a more historical perspective rather than assuming that US carriers do not exist. Instead since the hypothetical assumes Musashi is still available, I am taking it as Musashi isn’t sunk or significantly damaged by the carrier strikes. I think looking at the various angles from this basis ...