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by wadinga
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Monitors
Replies: 29
Views: 1069

Re: Monitors

Hello Marcelo, A very clever piece of deduction- wish I'd thought of that myself :clap: :clap: :clap: The heavily bulged monitors could "hang about" in the area of land operations providing fire support over time and perhaps survive mine and torpedo attacks more valuable vessels couldn't. Several pr...
by wadinga
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 343
Views: 13631

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Fellow Contributors, How the US National Archives and Records Administration received what they have is not fully clear. Most if not all material apparently came from Prinz EuGen (PG in Kriegsmarine shorthand) herself when the ship was taken over by the US Navy. The picture is Bundesarchiv Bild 146-...
by wadinga
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 343
Views: 13631

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Fellow Contributors, I don't infer the same as Duncan at all, I'm afraid. " After the third avoidance manoeuvre" to me means having completed this third major disruption to Jasper's firing process and returned to something like base course ie conforming to the Flagship's movements, normal gunnery op...
by wadinga
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?
Replies: 343
Views: 13631

Re: A correct attribution for the "Flash Effect" photo?

Fellow Contributors, It interesting that Bismarck's invisible target is almost exactly aligned with the alignment between the photographer on Prinz Eugen and that target is almost exactly abeam of Bismarck's port side, ie the flagship fouls the range for PG. This is the situation which applied and i...
by wadinga
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, Byron's question is highly valid and I think the answer is in the RN's pragmatic approach based on reverence for the "volume of fire" that served Nelson so well. Get in close and smother the opposition with shells and if we suffer heavy casualties, well, "we've got the ships and...
by wadinga
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, I think we are all agreed, based on the detailed original material above that the 14", when delivered as a well-manufactured product, was very effective. So then perhaps leaving more detailed evaluations of shells vs armour to the "Who won" thread in naval technology forum, we c...
by wadinga
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 2nd Smokestack
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: 2nd Smokestack

Hi s3bpilot, Congratulations on your excellent work making this first-hand information available. Yes there was a plan and some work took place to create a second dummy smokestack in order to confuse British forces. How serious this was and to what extent this was "made-up" work to keep men busy is ...
by wadinga
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, Off topic but I think relevant. The politicians of Britain and France had seen a generation of their young men slaughtered and desperately tried to stop it happening again via maintenance of Treaty. The warlords managed to sleepwalk/ cajole / con their populations into embracing...
by wadinga
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Hello Paul, Having started the ball rolling, I thought you might have spotted this already: Re post "Nelsol" and "Rodol" as they were dismissively nicknamed (because they looked like tankers from a distance) had high freeboard throughout including the bow. They achieved Treaty compliance by having, ...
by wadinga
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, Y Turret was "wooded" as "A " arcs were not open. A rough sea and strong wind on the starboard bow together with our high speed resulted in a continuous stream of spray and water over A and B Turrets, and in spite of their window washing gear neither obtained any ranges before o...
by wadinga
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, As I recall assertions that McMullen's memories were at fault mainly revolved around things he remembered when speaking to Tovey about things the Admiral might or might not remember correctly. I do not think anyone has seriously questioned or identified major faults in his accou...
by wadinga
Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, With regard to spray over the bow at Denmark Straits, McMullen has this to say: The story as far as I can remember is as follows. Y Turret was "wooded" as "A " arcs were not open. A rough sea and strong wind on the starboard bow together with our high speed resulted in a continu...
by wadinga
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Fellow Contributors, Like Byron, I consider the opinion based on all the wartime experience garnered over time regarding all the ships of the class by D K Brown to be more valuable than the single trials experience of Constructor Pengelly. I also point again to the marked changes incorporated in Van...
by wadinga
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Hi Dunmunro and all, Interesting bits of film, but I would say the ship is proceeding at relatively slow speed in both cases and therefore minimizing pitch into the waves and consequently how much of the green stuff comes aboard. Here is David K Brown, Deputy Head of the RN Corps of Naval Constructo...
by wadinga
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Updating the KGV class
Replies: 77
Views: 2202

Re: Updating the KGV class

Hello Paul, (and I hope we can tempt others to post and keep things going in these troubled times) i wonder if a different configuration like 4 triple 14" or 1 x 4 + 1 x 2 14" guns on both ends of the ship Not without tearing up the plans and accepting an enormous delay. The RN wanted to start build...