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by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Size of ships and their guns
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Size of ships and their guns

Thanks Marcello
That's pretty awesome they are all heavier than all of the current US carriers, But as i said in my post I wonder if 18" or 20" or larger guns were actually practicable and that perhaps the 16" triple was the best compromise?
by paul.mercer
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Size of ships and their guns
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Size of ships and their guns

Gentlemen, Further to my post on Monitors ,I have read somewhere that both the the RN and Germany were considering building ships with 18" and larger guns, Although it now seems like a 'pipe dream' after the advent of the aircraft carrier, I have often wondered if there was a practical limit to what...
by paul.mercer
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1461

Re: Monitors

Thanks gentlemen, I believe that on RN monitor had an 18" gun that was originally designed to go on HMS Furious and there was another which went on some sort of rail gun, so it seems that the RN were experimenting with very large calibre guns before WW2, but presumably it would take a ship somewhere...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1461

Re: Monitors

Presumably the RN Monitor barbettes were also armoured, but surely with that amount of trunking exposed any it would be likely to either destroy or disrupt the ammunition hoists? also,as i said before it's surprising that the RN took such an old and slow ship all the way to Italy when there were sev...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1461

Monitors

Gentlemen, Have been having a look at some of the RN Monitors on line, it seems that the turret was mounted quite high on a form of' trunking' presumably to increase the range, but I wonder how vulnerable that trunking would be from incoming shore fire, particularly as it would have has its cordite ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Thanks Bill, That's a very interesting point. Would it be fair to say that the RN ships were perhaps more open with their accommodation as they had to spend much longer at sea than other nations like Germany, who mainly concentrated on sending ships on relatively short raiding missions and therefore...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Bill Many thanks indeed for all your replies on this topic,I suppose we have all concentrated perhaps a little too much on the armour and armament on battleships and have not taken all the other important items such as messing arrangements, fuel,food and water storage etc.all of which had to be take...
by paul.mercer
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Many thanks Bill, In your last sentence you said: "I did want to include a discussion of this in the recent book, but it turned out that space and time did not permit its insertion." Can we dare to hope that this is a gentle hint that a second or revised book will be published at a later date? Also,...
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Byron, Wadinga and everyone, Many thanks for your constructive replies,I think this goes along way into settling some of the arguments around the KGV class that have been featured in this Forum for years, it seems that they were not too bad a design after all and if all the guns were working as the...
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Byron, Wadinga Many thanks for your constructive replies,I think this goes along way into settling some of the arguments around the KGV class that have been featured in this Forum for years, it seems that they were not too bad a design after all and if all the guns were working as they should the we...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, As always many thanks for your contributions to what is obviously a fairly controversial subject. From what I can gather in my non technical mind it seems that the British 14" gun and the later shells were actually pretty good but they were let down by poor turret design. As has been ment...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wind Behavior: 0400 - 0600
Replies: 35
Views: 1148

Re: Wind Behavior: 0400 - 0600

Thanks Bill, Given all that data I'm surprised that ships managed to hit each other at all. particularly at any great range! Re striking velocity, if and average 15" shell left the muzzle at around 2700 foot per second, what would it roughly be when it hit at say 20,000 yards and would the speed sta...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Thanks to you both for the info, it makes interesting reading. I'm sorry that I have strayed way off topic here,perhaps it should go back to the 'Shell v Armour topic. But as we are here, I'm not sure at what range these tests were carried out, presumably as they were only aiming at a small piece of...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Wind Behavior: 0400 - 0600
Replies: 35
Views: 1148

Re: Wind Behavior: 0400 - 0600

Gentlemen,
Out of interest, would the wind have any significant effect on the flight of heavy shells?
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3118

Re: Updating the KGV class

Having started the ball rolling, I thought you might have spotted this already: Thanks Wadinga, i must have missed this one! Re Dave's statement that the difference between 14/15/16" guns was marginal, i know this is going a bit off topic but it has been claimed that Bismarck's main armour was not p...