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by Byron Angel
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

For reference in connection with the tactical turn-away of Prince of Wales - For a ship of her size commencing a turn at 28 knots under 35 degrees helm (and assuming no reduction in power during said turn) - > Speed after 45 degrees change of heading would be reduced by approximately 15 pct (say, 24...
by Byron Angel
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

A comparison of the McMullen salvo plot and Leach’s action report shows several apparent discrepancies in recorded event times – Opening of Prince of Wales’ A arcs > Leach – “A turn of 2 blue at 0555 opened "A" Arcs at "Prince of Wales" ninth salvo. > McMullen salvo plot shows salvo 9 fired at appro...
by Byron Angel
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

Two comments - > Avoidance Turn by PoW Interpreting McMullen's graphical plot of PoW's salvoes, salvo 16 was fired at approximately 0600:45 and salvo 17 was fired at approximately 0601:40. That suggests an interval of approximately 50-55 seconds between discharges. > Bearing and heading discrepancie...
by Byron Angel
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

I have re-visited the A arc question and discovered a logic error on my part, which I attribute to the late hour and an excessive intake of Bailey's Irish Cream. Based upon McMullen's diagram and recorded bearings, Bismarck would have been with PoW's A arc on any compass bearing =/> 325 degrees.

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by Byron Angel
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 3341

Re: Tanks

Unmanned drone tanks, AFVs, etc. are being considered. Not macho enough for the old school, I think. Hmmm ..... remotely guided/operated drones of all types are undeniably here to stay. I am however troubled by the potentially dangerous unintended consequences of the inevitable next technological s...
by Byron Angel
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

Re the nature of PoW's evasive turn away from the wreckage of Hood - Based upon the performance details of HMS Hood and HMS Repulse under helm at high speed, it might be possible to draw some b r o a d inferences with regard to PoW's sudden starboard turn to avoid the wreckage of Hood Notes - > Hood...
by Byron Angel
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

I am glad to see that we seem to be making progress here. One correspondent suggested that an overlay of the most relevant track charts might be a useful tool in analysis. This is true, and represents in fact, how I have tended to approach the problem, at least initially, in the past. Unfortunately...
by Byron Angel
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 3341

Re: Tanks

Thanks Byron, I presume this would also apply to the King Tiger? My other question is abut the usefulness of tanks today, of course in WW1 they scared the hell out of the Germans and in WW2 at the start the Germans scared the hell out of everyone else, but later on both sides the tanks were suscept...
by Byron Angel
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: Tanks
Replies: 9
Views: 3341

Re: Tanks

Hi Paul, Wait until the legions of Sherman tank 'fan-bois' get wind of this thread; countless terabytes of debate and dispute have circulated around the topic of German heavy tanks and their true battlefield value. From my perspective, there is no question that the Tigers were very powerful in the a...
by Byron Angel
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

All of the range/bearing data under discussion here will be subject to some sort of inaccuracy. The real question is: to what degree would any such inaccuracy, in practical terms, affect a reasonable and rational narrative of events?

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by Byron Angel
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: WW2 fighter aircraft wings
Replies: 14
Views: 7460

Re: WW2 fighter aircraft wings

Gentlemen, Once again, many thanks for all your replies. I watched a program the other day about the development of the Spitfire and it concluded that the later griffon engined ones were almost a completely different aircraft to the earlier ones. I also believe that the Griffon engine turned in a d...
by Byron Angel
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck at DS after the second turn
Replies: 372
Views: 31406

Re: Bismarck at DS after the second turn

However, if we are really interested in reconstructing the battle, then we must realize that we often have reciprocal bearings (or timings) taken from both sides and these bearings (timings) match perfectly. Thus we can logically assume that there is no error at all in these cases and that we can l...
by Byron Angel
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Titanic Probabilities
Replies: 11
Views: 1720

Re: Titanic Probabilities

I am not a Titanic devotee. What relationship in the timeline of events did: (a) the realization that the "unsinkable" ship was doomed versus (b) the announcement to passengers and crew to abandon ship?

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by Byron Angel
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Titanic Probabilities
Replies: 11
Views: 1720

Re: Titanic Probabilities

BTW, interesting website!

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by Byron Angel
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Titanic Probabilities
Replies: 11
Views: 1720

Re: Titanic Probabilities

Hello John, Most of the forum members here are battleship-fixated warmongers (myself included) who typically disregard tedious matters such as the value of human lives - especially when it involves "merchant shipping" (one might invoke a trendy "smilie" here, but I really do not care for them). Your...