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by Byron Angel
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turrets
Replies: 3
Views: 604

Re: Turrets

Hi Paul, I recommend that you obtain a copy of "The Big Gun - Battleship Main Armament 1860-1945" by Peter Hodges. Both the 16in triples of the Nelson Class and the 14in quad turrets of the KGV Class shared certain distinguishing characteristics. [ 1 ] Both designs were prodigiously heavy ( 2x the w...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3362

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

I recall reading (it may actually have been in the new Dulin/Garzke/Jurens book) that, by the time action had commenced on the 24th, the sun had been up for about 2.5 hours and was four degrees above the horizon. When and at what distance were Prinz Eugen and Bismarck first visually detected by Prin...
by Byron Angel
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 3241

Re: Matapan

Interesting exchange. Bravo. My only comment is that some circumspection might be shown in assessing coordination miscues and failures within the Italian command. There were some unpleasant examples on display on the Allied side as well - most notably the obtuseness of the staff planners in charge o...
by Byron Angel
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Did any of Hoods Survivors ever meet Bismarck Survivors?
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Did any of Hoods Survivors ever meet Bismarck Survivors?

I am wondering if any of the Hoods 3 survivors ever met any of the Bismarcks survivors in person. What were their feelings towards each other? Did Ted Briggs ever meet and speak to Rechberg? I am sure they knew who each other were. A quick check of the interweb suggests that there has been a long (...
by Byron Angel
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

The problem, as I see it, is this: One faction has studied the evidence and produced what they ardently believe and assert to be the definitively accurate account of the event. Others, myself included, view the evidence as being in many respects far too inconsistent and contradictory to make such a ...
by Byron Angel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Alberto Virtuani wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:47 am
... even that the decoration to Schneider was given postumously, as a hit from PoW had killed him,

..... Which hit was that exactly?

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by Byron Angel
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Excellent post, Wadinga. Unfortunately, the event you cite occurred after the magic 0602 time cut-off and is therefore probably altogether irrelevant to your correspondent for purposes of battle analysis.

This is getting to be like the 'Black Knight' scene in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

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by Byron Angel
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

It appears that Churchill wanted to go after Somerville and Lancelot Holland for dereliction of duty after Cape Spartivento. LOL.

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by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

A not unexpected reaction. Oh well.

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by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Answers: 1) the coordinated fire action for PoW (from which it makes sense to extract statistics) ends at 06:02. As said, any complaints about arbitrariness should be adressed to McMullen, not to me. In any case I had already demonstrated (http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8491&hil...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History
Replies: 51
Views: 8191

Re: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History

Hello gents,
Just got the book yesterday afternoon - 9.5 x 12in format; 600+ pages (incl index); SEVEN POUNDS IN WEIGHT. Lovely physical quality at first glance. Just diving in now.

Very much looking forward to having something new and interesting to discuss here.


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by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Byron Angel wrote: "Why is 0602 deemed the official "cease fire" time of Prince of Wales for purposes of calculating "output"?....Bismarck clearly should have ceased fire at 0602 in order to preserve its statistical output score" Because her GAR (correctly) established 06:02 to have been the end of...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The battle for Saipan
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: The battle for Saipan

Gentlemen, On one of the 'Freeview' TV programs last week it featured the US attack on Saipan and the Japanese attack on their ships by Kamakasi aircraft in which a US battleship (Washington or South Dakota I think?) was hit, while there is plenty of evidence of the damage caused to US carriers bec...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 9949

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Bismarck clearly should have ceased fire at 0602 in order to preserve its statistical output score. Someone clearly dropped the ball here.

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