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by paul.mercer
Sun May 08, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Royal Navy
Replies: 114
Views: 21401

Re: How would you improve the Royal Navy

Bgile wrote:
paul.mercer wrote:Gentlemen,
Once again thanks for your replies, perhaps I mistook the meaning of 'Improve' as when I suggested 3X15" in four turrets I was assuming that the Washington Treaty did not apply and that weight and size was not a concern.
OK, then 3x18" in four turrets on 100,000 tons. :D
WOW!
by paul.mercer
Thu May 05, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Royal Navy
Replies: 114
Views: 21401

Re: How would you improve the Royal Navy

Gentlemen,
Once again thanks for your replies, perhaps I mistook the meaning of 'Improve' as when I suggested 3X15" in four turrets I was assuming that the Washington Treaty did not apply and that weight and size was not a concern.
by paul.mercer
Tue May 03, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Regia Marina?
Replies: 17
Views: 4352

Re: How would you improve the Regia Marina?

... Oh and sack the admirals, too defensive Sacking the admirals might still be worthwhile but I believe their defensive attitude was at least in part a reflection of their fuel supply. In this they didn't try to do more than they could reasonably project unlike some other axis forces. Gentlemen, T...
by paul.mercer
Tue May 03, 2011 8:05 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Royal Navy
Replies: 114
Views: 21401

Re: How would you improve the Royal Navy

Gentlemen, I'm afraid I'm way behind you on the anti aircraft armament, but as regards main armament, if the 15" was regarded as one of the best size guns around how about mounting 4x 15" in triple turrets - surely 12 x 15" ought to be able to deal with most if not all the opposition, or are my argu...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Effect of bombs
Replies: 22
Views: 8485

Re: Effect of bombs

Gentlemen' Thanks again for all your replies. What still puzzles me is that huge ships like Yamoto/Musashi were presumably designed to keep out the heaviest shells (some well over a ton) but were severly damaged by bombs weighing a lot less (and presumably coming in a a lesser velocity) than say a 1...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: First world war mining
Replies: 4
Views: 6379

First world war mining

Gentlemen, During WW1several tunnels were dug underneath German lines and huge quantities of explosive deposited in them, these were detonated with devestating results as still can be seen from the craters to this day. Hovever, I believe at least two or three did not explode and were left as the tid...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: German tanks
Replies: 169
Views: 26737

German tanks

Gentlemen,
What was the difference between the German 'Tiger' tank and their 'King Tiger' tank, were they better than the Russian T34 - and any other Allied tank?
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Effect of bombs
Replies: 22
Views: 8485

Re: Effect of bombs

Gentlemen, Many thanks for your replies. Previously I had always imagined that the average carrier aircraft could not carry a bomb heavy enough or high enough for it to penetrate a Battleship's armoured deck. As a matter of interest just how hard would it be to hit a moving (and presumably zigzaging...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Firing at pilots who have parachuted
Replies: 20
Views: 18300

Re: Firing at pilots who have parachuted

Gentlemen, I believe that in Adolf Gallands book 'The First and the Last' he says that Goring actaully asked him what he thought about shooting at parachuting pilots and Galand said he would not do it or allow it. Apparently Goring replied that he was glad that Galland felt that way. It appears that...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:41 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Effect of bombs
Replies: 22
Views: 8485

Effect of bombs

Gentlemen, We have discussed the effect of shells and torpedoes on capital ships such as Bismarck, but what about bombs? If we ignore the 6 tonners dropped on Tirpitz and the guided bomb that hit Warspite what effect would the average bomb dropped either from a carrier or land based aircraft have on...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Richelieu vs KGV
Replies: 101
Views: 20155

Re: Richelieu vs KGV

Gentlemen, After all this discussion, what are your conclusions - given that this is a hypothetical situation, so we must assume that both ships are fully operational and are in a one to one situation. Also, after this let us imagine the same confrontation but against Warspite with her fully worked ...
by paul.mercer
Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 66409

Re: Ideal battleship design

Wasn't such a design part of the thinking in the genesis of the Bismarck? It might have been, but despite what some people say I believe that it was the torpedoes from the Dorsetshire that finally sank her. If submarine torpedoes are the same size then no doubt they would have the same effect. Afte...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Ideal battleship design
Replies: 162
Views: 66409

Re: Ideal battleship design

Gentlemen, This is a facinating subject and one which could run for a long time. My question is this, we have seen from the Bismarck and even the Scharnhorst battles that it would be very difficult for one battleship to sink another by shellfire alone in a one to one encounter of ships of equvilent ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck: Scuttled or Sunk?
Replies: 206
Views: 74574

Re: Bismarck: Scuttled or Sunk?

Gentlemen, I have posed this question before on another topic so I don't wish to reopen it to any extent. I have to admit I know absoloutly nothing about welding but as the subject of welds splitting due to stresses, I now wonder whether the theory of the Graff Spey running away due to her welded hu...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck: Scuttled or Sunk?
Replies: 206
Views: 74574

Re: Bismarck: Scuttled or Sunk?

Gentlemen, Thanks for your replies. The other thing that puzzles me is the breaking off of the stern, if this happened on the surface then it would no doubt have contributed to the inrush of water - but did it break off on the surface or when Bismarck hit the bottom and started to slide? I have hear...