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by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

Many thanks for the info Steve, I didn't know that the cordite required a black powder charge to ignite it and always assumed it was by an electrical charge, it seems quite funny that after all the years of improvements on naval guns that they still had to rely on gunpowder to set the thing off, was...
by paul.mercer
Sun May 31, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Damage to German warships in Brest
Replies: 13
Views: 680

Re: Damage to German warships in Brest

wadinga wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 5:40 pm
Double post
HI Wadinga,
I was beginning to think that it was only me that can't keep my fingers off the mouse and make double posts, welcome to the club!
by paul.mercer
Sun May 31, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 579

Leyte gulf

Gentlemen, After watching yet another episode of 'Draining the Ocean' where they went down to the wreck of Yamato and then produced a computer simulation of the wreck blown in half, i did wonder what might have been the outcome had the US not had their carriers and the battle would have been between...
by paul.mercer
Tue May 26, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

Gentlemen, Thanks again for your replies. just as an afterthought, as we know the RAF used 6 ton tallboys to sink Tirpitz. Thinking about the success the Japanese had t Pearl Harbour with their modified 16"shells dropped from around 10,000 feet and bearing in mind the huge carrying capacity of a Lan...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 25, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Problems logging on
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: Problems logging on

Hello everyone!
by paul.mercer
Mon May 25, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck
Replies: 17
Views: 1354

Re: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck

Without the fatal torpedo hit in the evening of the 26th, then Bismarck gains about 10 hours until Ark Royal's Swordfish can launch another strike at first light on the 27th. Difference is that now Bismarck would be about 240 miles closer to Brest (at approx. meridian 10º west) and well within Luft...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 25, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Tarranto
Replies: 6
Views: 715

Tarranto

Gentlemen, It is widely assumed that the Japanese attack or Pearl Harbour was motivated by the RN attack on the Italian port of Tarranto. After watcing a documentary on the Pearl Harbour attack it showed the tail of the Japanese torpedoes being encased in some sort of wooden box which broke away on ...
by paul.mercer
Thu May 14, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck
Replies: 17
Views: 1354

Re: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck

Gentlemen, She might have attempted the' Channel dash', it seemed that the attacks on the Twins, while causing great inconvenience to the Germans, was very costly in aircraft and their crews and not doing a tremendous amount of damage,as they were not being dropped from a very great height to enable...
by paul.mercer
Tue May 12, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

Gentlemen,
Sorry, double post again, must keep fingers off mouse!
by paul.mercer
Tue May 12, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

gentlemen, Thanks for your replies, You state that this was known about in the 20's, but surely armour and armoured decking had improved considerably since then and the ships that I mentioned were all presumably built on the basis that they would not only have to fight others with similar or more po...
by paul.mercer
Mon May 11, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

The bomb that sank the Arizona

Gentlemen, I was watching a documentary on the exploration of the inside of USS Arizona by ROV the other day and it was stated that the ship was sunk by a 16" shell in an encased streamline casing dropped from around 10,000 feet that went clean through all the decks and exploded in a magazine, presu...
by paul.mercer
Fri May 08, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1461

Re: Monitors

Gentlemen, As always many thanks for your expertise, I regret that due to a short spell in hospital i have been 'out of action' for a while. Re the picture of the Rodman and it's huge bottle shaped chamber which make the whole gun appear almost medieval, to be that sort of size it seems that it must...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Bows
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

Re: Bows

Thanks for that, I visited a medieval type show a few years ago where they were demonstrating jousting and longbows, one chat showed me his bow which was about 6 feet in length and had a 100 pound pull - I could only move it string a few inches, yet I believe that some of the old archers could pull ...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Bows
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

Bows

Gentlemen, here is a question far removed from naval affairs, guns etc. Over the centuries there has been many types of Bow used in battle, probably the English Longbow being the most famous, but there were several nations around the world that used bows of a different construction, mainly with what...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Size of ships and their guns
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Size of ships and their guns

Hi marcelo, with one shot every 30 minutes i would have thought that a 16" gun ship would have pounded the bigger ship to bits by the time they got a couple of shots off! As I said in another post, perhaps 16" guns were the practical limit as regards size of ship to hold them, rate of fire etc. Imag...