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by Paul L
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

I have a question for you. The 1937 test of the storch landing on the Greif with a small deck [12 x 25m] was a limited success. Does any one know how much deck space did the Storch need to land on this Japanese Amphib?
by Paul L
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:25 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/So ... after_WWII

Looking at this site these ships had length and width of 135 x 18.2m . Could such planes land on such a small deck?
by Paul L
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

The Havelland was the sixth ship in the Dithmarschen class, it was launched at Kiel in 1940 but no major construction work is recorded as being done to this vessel since. There was certainly no commissioning ceremony which is why most lists of the Dithmarschen class exclude this vessel. Yes, it was...
by Paul L
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

BTW there were actually 6 Dithmarschen tankers built and launched.The last tanker "Haverland" was not completed during the war. Interesting information on Haverland. I have only read about the five ships completed. What details about her do you have? I have always thought the Dithmarshen class ship...
by Paul L
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:55 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

At this time in the war Germany had 38 fleet tankers with an average cartage of 8600 tons of fuel each.They also had another 41 supply ships that worked in support of the raiding ships as well.These supply ships brough other supplies and limited ammo that included Torpedos. When a Dithmarschen AOE t...
by Paul L
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

No argument on those points other than to point out they are just more variables that could contribute to interception or break out. There are no guarrantees. Alot depends on how much lead time the Admiralty gets on a German raider departure. Clearly with Operation Berlin, they got away fast enough ...
by Paul L
Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

Actually it was Hitler more than anything that determined naval strategic direction. If they had wanted to break out in late 1941, a new supply network would have been established without too much difficulty. Since the RN intel was days behind the Actual German naval disposition and movements, then ...
by Paul L
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:00 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

The situation being colorfully described is later in the war. Here is a passage from O'Hara on this subject. Between April 1940 and June 1942 sixteen blockade runners sailed from Japanese waters to France and twelve arrived safely. By the end of 1942 however, Ultra had revealed the safe lanes blocka...
by Paul L
Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:19 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

Bletchley park did not determine the Bismarck’s location or destination by decryption. What happened was the station chief just happened to notice the German transmission base had shifted to the south and from this he guessed they were not heading back to Norway but to France. It was a good guess bu...
by Paul L
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

The Fi 167 is more than capable of intercepting torpedo Albacores , since they can only do 150-160mph, while the STOL aircraft is capable of 203 mph. All it has to do is to break up the attacks. Further more good well trained pilots could fly Me-109T if they had to, it’s just silly and bad military ...
by Paul L
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

The point is that if the RN none ASV Swordfish could be directed into attack targets using flares then the reverse also applies that the Germans could scramble aircraft in time to intercept and break up such attacks since they would be under illumination and under the cloud cover. let's see, 3 seat...
by Paul L
Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Armor of the Admiral Hipper class cruisers
Replies: 67
Views: 21191

Re: Armor of the Admiral Hipper class cruisers

So your saying it took lots of work to install the GHG system on the Hipper after it was built? I just assumed, why GHG-system could not mounted in "Hipper". Actually, I'm interested in armored scheme of this cruisers, rather than their acoustics system. So you don' t know if the Hipper had GHG sys...
by Paul L
Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

Yes but these reports also say they had to make mutliple attacks because they could not locate the target to attack, even with ASV assistance. They had to spot them visually to launch the torps. As I explained, on moonless nights, the FAA would illuminate the target with parachute flares. The point...
by Paul L
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Armor of the Admiral Hipper class cruisers
Replies: 67
Views: 21191

Re: Armor of the Admiral Hipper class cruisers

So your saying it took lots of work to install the GHG system on the Hipper after it was built?
by Paul L
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941
Replies: 335
Views: 48306

Re: Tirpitz and Graf Zeppelin 1941

Yes but these reports also say they had to make mutliple attacks because they could not locate the target to attack, even with ASV assistance. They had to spot them visually to launch the torps.