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by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:31 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Twins with 15"
Replies: 2
Views: 1335

Twins with 15"

Gentlemen,
I understand that there was a scheme to fit both the twins with 15" guns, what would the configuration have been, i.e. 9x15 or 6x15? Either way it seems that they would have been very formidable and probably a match for any of our ships.
by paul.mercer
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tovey's decision
Replies: 60
Views: 9232

Re: Tovey's decision

Gentlemen, Many thanks for all your replies. I suppose this next question ought to be under 'hypothetical situations' it may have been posed to you before but I could not find it, so please forgive my ignorance. In your expert opinions, what would the outcome have been if Tovey had taken KGV & Hood ...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato
Replies: 77
Views: 16790

Re: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato

I think most here agree that it would be a very uneven match up and the odds would not be with the twins. However if they got lucky, especially if the conditions were very favoreable they might have a chance. The "knife fight" is one area that would tend to give them the best chance another would b...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tovey's decision
Replies: 60
Views: 9232

Re: Tovey's decision

My other question is this, during the battle PoW hit Bismarck in the bow with a shell that did not explode, puncturing her forward fuel tank, what would the effect been had that shell exploded in the tank? One small correction here; there was no fuel tank damaged. Both the entrance and exit hole of...
by paul.mercer
Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato
Replies: 77
Views: 16790

Re: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato

If Yamato's armour is such that it can resist US 16" at certain ranges what chance do the Twins 11" have except perhaps to ruin the upperworks? Would this not be the equivalent of say a British 8" Cruiser taking on Bismarck? In other words, the quick fire 8" would cause some reletivly minor damage ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tovey's decision
Replies: 60
Views: 9232

Re: Tovey's decision

Thanks for your reply. Repusle was even weaker than Hood so I don't supose Tovey would have let her get near Bismarck unless there were other captal ships already engaged. It still poses the question as to why he sent a unprepared ship like PoW instead of KGv. My other question is this, during the b...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Your Favourite Warship of World War II
Replies: 67
Views: 13664

Re: Your Favourite Warship of World War II

Gentlemen,
Presumably this question is about actual ships rather than hypothetical possibilities.
My favorite would be Warspite on account of her battle history.
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato
Replies: 77
Views: 16790

Re: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato

Bgile: The 16"/50 AP Mark 8 Mods 1-5 begin penetrating Yamato's deck armor at 34,000 yds. It begins to penetrate citadel vertical armor at 14,000 yds, so the immune zone against that weapon is from 14K to 34K yds. She would be vulnerable at the ranges where Kirishima was engaged. From what I had re...
by paul.mercer
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Tovey's decision
Replies: 60
Views: 9232

Tovey's decision

Gentlemen, I am currently reading Ian Ballantayne's new book 'Killing the Bismarck', and having read most of the other available publications I am a bit puzzled as to what actually happened when it became clear that Bismarck & PE were about to break out. From what I understand, Admiral Tovey was on ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Killing the Bismarck
Replies: 15
Views: 4834

Killing the Bismarck

Has anyone read Ian Ballantynes new book entitled 'Killing the Bismarck' and subtitled 'Destroying the pride of Hitlers Fleet'?
This is the same author who wrote 'HMS Rodney' which was published last year.
by paul.mercer
Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Killing the Bismarck
Replies: 15
Views: 4834

Killing the Bismarck

Gentlemen, Not sure if this is the right place for this post, Have just purchased a new book by Ian Ballantyne entitled 'Killing the Bismarck' (subtitled 'Destroying the pride of Hitlers Fleet'). have not got very far as yet but on page 15 he states" I hope my account is also honest, too in revealin...
by paul.mercer
Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato
Replies: 77
Views: 16790

Re: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau vs Yamato

It all depends who is in charge of the twins, remember they were scared off by three elderly British Battleships and one eldery Battlecruiser on four occasions (although Rodney would have been a very tough proposition). Frankly, if I was the German commander I would run like hell if confronted by a ...