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by Byron Angel
Sat Dec 26, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

This is from: New Eye for the Navy: The Origin of Radar at the Naval Research Laboratory Records do not show the exact situation on December 7, 1941. However, a complete survey of what equipment had been installed and what delivered was made less than 2 weeks later. It was summarized in an internal...
by Byron Angel
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

Many of the destroyers mentioned in the March 42 entries of the Pearl Harbor dockyard diary had participated in the Feb 42 Gilbert-Marshalls raid, so it seems that ships were not being held back for lack of a radar outfit.

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by Byron Angel
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

Some more material turned up - According to the book “Engineering and Science in the Bell System” - Development of the Mk3 surface FC radar had been completed in Oct 1941 and that of the Mk4 dual purpose air/surface FC radar in Sep 1941. Production of the two systems commenced prior to Pearl Harbor,...
by Byron Angel
Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

The Mk4 on USS Roe was a prototype which may have been removed. AFAIK no production variants were installed on destroyers until after 7 Dec 1941: Initially, from want of experience against an enemy attacking with the persistence demonstrated by the Japanese, our antiaircraft batteries were inadequa...
by Byron Angel
Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Best Books on Jutland?
Replies: 9
Views: 888

Re: Best Books on Jutland?

Allow me to add one more book, if I may - "The Battle of Jutland" by Captain Holloway H Frost https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Jutland-Holloway-H-Frost-ebook/dp/B014RIJ0QK/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+battle+of+jutland+holloway+h+frost&qid=1608410377&s=books&sr=1-1#customerReviews Not a book for id...
by Byron Angel
Sat Dec 19, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

"But what of their accuracy, on a mill pond, all fine and dandy I’m sure, however in heavy seas, crewmen man handling shells, gunnery officers trying to judge ranges, while the ship must have been pitching and rolling about, it couldn’t have been good." Accuracy would have been all over the landsca...
by Byron Angel
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

..... And, needless to say, the US decisively won the production numbers race as well.

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by Byron Angel
Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

Thanks Byron, How did the later destroyers compare with the Japanese ones? Happy holidays, Paul. What follows is one man's opinion - Compared to USN destroyer production programs year by year, here is what the IJN was building for fleet destroyers - 1928-1931 - Fubuki Class @ 1750t. 1932 - Akatsuki...
by Byron Angel
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 855

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

"But what of their accuracy, on a mill pond, all fine and dandy I’m sure, however in heavy seas, crewmen man handling shells, gunnery officers trying to judge ranges, while the ship must have been pitching and rolling about, it couldn’t have been good." Accuracy would have been all over the landscap...
by Byron Angel
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Various Q's regarding fire control tools
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: Various Q's regarding fire control tools

Hi Bracer, Re your first question, I am guessing that “opponent assigner” is a result of a non-specialist mechanical language translation. My guess = “target designator”. Re target data, common sense would suggest - Target bearing. Target heading. Target speed. Target range. Second order data m I g ...
by Byron Angel
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Bows
Replies: 3
Views: 3088

Re: 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 wha...
by Byron Angel
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Best Books on Jutland?
Replies: 9
Views: 888

Re: Best Books on Jutland?

Nick Jellicoe's book is very good. ?You might also want to look at - " The Battle of Jutland " by John Brooks https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Jutland-Cambridge-Military-Histories/dp/1107150140/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Jutland+John+Brooks&qid=1607388118&sr=8-1 " Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle o...
by Byron Angel
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2745

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi HMSVF and all, Thanks for a very thought-provoking post, which hopefully will garner more responses. Come on guys! >>>>> Hello to everyone. I’m back for a visit. - - - On a few points: The caveat however was that British ammunition was poor. Well inconsistent in quality maybe. >>>>> The APC Lyddi...
by Byron Angel
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2745

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Some more books not, strictly speaking, related exclusively to British battlecruiser but that nevertheless devote considerable attention to the BCF - “The Fighting at Jutland” by Fawcett and Hooper (first printed around 1921, but reprinted a number of times) Very good collection of personal accounts...
by Byron Angel
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 44
Views: 2745

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Another very useful book on the RN battle cruiser experience is -
“The Battlecruisers at the Falklands” by Rudolf Verner
A superb book IMO.

Verner was the Gunnery Officer on Inflexible at the Falklands; he was killed less than a year later at the Dardanelles.

Byron