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by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: 'QE' and 'R'class ships

Sorry, double post, must keep my fingers off that mouse!
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 7
Views: 557

'QE' and 'R'class ships

Gentlemen, Yet another couple of questions for you I'm afraid! i was looking up the QE and R class ships and cannot really understand why the 'R's' were built except possibly in an effort to save some money as they were smaller and slower than the ships they went before them and seemed inferior to t...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: 'QE' and 'R'class ships
Replies: 1
Views: 235

'QE' and 'R'class ships

Gentlemen, Yet another couple of questions for you I'm afraid! i was looking up the QE and R class ships and cannot really understand why the 'R's' were built except possibly in an effort to save some money as they were smaller and slower than the ships they went before them and seemed inferior to t...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3537

Re: Updating the KGV class

Hi Dunmunro, In your last post you stated:' Brown stated in Nelson to Vanguard that in his opinion KGV would have been better with 2in thinner side belts and 1/2in thinner decks and 3 x quad 14in turrets and no secondary armament. I don't agree at all with Brown's opinion.' While i am sure you are c...
by paul.mercer
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3537

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Re the quad mounts on the KG's. i'm afraid I may be about to display my lack of knowledge of the technical bits here, but was the problem with the 14" gun and its loading procedure that was the problem or was it with the difficulty of squeezing 4 guns into one turret (or both)? i have alw...
by paul.mercer
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3537

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Again, thanks for your input. having read all the posts past and present,regarding the 14" gun , \idid wonder if that maybe the RN did have the right idea of multiple fairly fast firing guns were actually the answer as until the radar and range finding equipment really improved firing at ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3537

Re: Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, Once again,many thanks for all your valuable input, I do see Wadinga's point about two quad turrets making the ship 'nose heavy' although I understand (rightly or wrongly) that the class were regarded as being quite 'wet' ships in the bow. Re the 14" v 15 or 16", i may have got the wrong ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 3537

Updating the KGV class

Gentlemen, I realise we have debated the reasons for arming the KGV's with 14" guns before, but on looking up the Second London Treaty it seems that the USA took advantage of this to update USS Washington with 9 x 16" instead of the original 14" that they were due to be armed with. As the KG's and W...
by paul.mercer
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Secret U boat bases
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Secret U boat bases

Gentlemen,
Just as an afterthought, i wonder who did build all those tunnels and huge chambers in the Canary islands and what was their purpose?
by paul.mercer
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2189

Re: Who won?

Gentlemen Many thanks once again for all your replies, it is indeed a complex subject, compounded perhaps with a bit of luck that a shell hits at exactly the right angle on the weakest part of the armour, but returning to the Yamoto class ships which were considerably heavier in armament and armour ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Secret U boat bases
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Secret U boat bases

Gentlemen, Many thanks for your replies, i had a look on the suggested site and came to the same conclusion as when I first saw the program -which is still ongoing. Total Bull---- in order to make a time consuming and money wasting program with people jetting all over the world to stir up fictional ...
by paul.mercer
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Secret U boat bases
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Secret U boat bases

Gentlemen, I’m currently watching a US produced TV program called ‘Hunting Hitler’ which supposes that Hitler did not kill himself in the bunker, but fled to South America via Spain and the Canary islands. The program consists of a group of people trying to make a case for the escape, starting with ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2189

Who won?

Gentlemen, There have been many discussions on this Forum about battleship armour and the penetration of shells, but it seem that these discussions have been going on far longer than that. i was reading a book the other day which told about the increase in protection via oak planks and eventually Ir...
by paul.mercer
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1214

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Thanks Wadinga,
it seems that the French and Admiral Darlan in particular were hedging their bets on who was going to win and it was only after the US joined in that they decided the UK was that best bet!
by paul.mercer
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1214

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies. If Germany had taken over the French fleet itwould have been interesting to see how many of the Vichy French would have manned the ships or whether the Kreigsmarine would have had enough experienced crew to man them on their own. I also wonder if Germany would hav...