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by wadinga
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.
Replies: 29
Views: 2603

Re: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.

Hi Steve, As a post war submariner, I'm sure you tried to avoid all that inconvenient and uncomfortable pitching and rolling at the surface, and stayed in the stable depths as much as possible. I actually believe Otto Höntzsch probably exaggerated a bit, but if the Baron timed his shots on the roll,...
by wadinga
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.
Replies: 29
Views: 2603

Re: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.

Hi Steve, I just quoted what the survivors said. If your gun crews are being washed overboard even before the fight starts, it suggests you have something of a handicap. The RN Admiralty interrogation of the Baron says two of the 5.9" turrets were knocked out by the sea, not by enemy fire. I have se...
by wadinga
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.
Replies: 29
Views: 2603

Re: Bismarck final battle and German main battery accuracy Qs.

Hello Paul, Thank goodness, signs of life. I was beginning to think the forum had been wiped out by the virus. :shock: Let's get some lively debate going to dispel "idleness" and cheer ourselves up! :D As has been noted, and cannot be overstated, the weather was absolutely terrible that morning, and...
by wadinga
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Two captains on Rodney
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Two captains on Rodney

Fellow Contributors, Coppinger's and Welling's thoughts are interesting, but it was another passenger in Rodney whose observations caused far more concern in 1941. As has been previously suggested in other thread, the incautious public comments repeated in a BBC broadcast of an unnamed Army officer ...
by wadinga
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner

Hello Fatboy Coxy, I can imagine Singapore seemed an unreal preserved pre-war world when Mrs Spooner and hubby turned up from war-torn London. As a backwater it got precious little of anything and despite some of the the senior personnel there realising the developing Japanese threat they were proba...
by wadinga
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Two captains on Rodney
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Two captains on Rodney

Hello Paul, If you go to the Bismarck General Discussion page and put Wellings in the Search box you can find 56 references to Lieutenant-Commander Joseph Wellings USN. If you put Coppinger in for Captain Coppinger RN who was also aboard you will find one- from yourself dated 2017! All the best wadi...
by wadinga
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

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! On a few points: The caveat however was that British ammunition was poor. Well inconsistent in quality maybe. Seydlitz' wonderful German armour was penetrated and her two after turre...
by wadinga
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi There HMSVF, Splendid, some spirited debate to take our minds off the depressing state of the world at the moment. :D Breyer I don't think mentions one bad design I am not surprised, German warships, as weapons systems alone , were probably unmatched. Unhindered by tradition and working from a bl...
by wadinga
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Fellow Contributors, It is interesting to see how the naval constructors attempted to save weight by creating a tapered barbette/turret structure narrowing below decks in Wichita. (Diags in Navweaps) http://navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_8-55_mk12-15.php Her bigger gunhouses (Mod 4) allowed better spacin...
by wadinga
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, This article http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Navy-c1.html suggests there were very few if any New Zealanders in HMS New Zealand although the ship's construction was financed by the colony. The first NZ "boys for training" were embarked in HMS Philomel in 1914. Ther...
by wadinga
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Re: Admiral Hipper class vs contemporaries

Fellow Contributors, IMHO Steve Crandell is undoubtedly correct: I think the Baltimore class were more in their league than New Orleans. You can't really compare a post-Washington rules design with one created under them. So equally the Counties are not a fair comparison. Squeezing so much into the ...
by wadinga
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, Having a bit of bias as an enthusiast is one thing, flavouring what is supposedly a factual and well researched account which should be regarded as reliable is another. Mr Staff never misses an opportunity for a potshot at the RN, justified or otherwise. For instance describing th...
by wadinga
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes, The two books are "Skagerrak: The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes" pub 2016, and "Battle of the Seven Seas: German Cruiser Battles 1914-18" pub 2011. Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank and the Courageeous/Glorious 1917 actions are covered as well as Goeben's activities in the 201...
by wadinga
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Names of the Ersatz Yorck-class ships?
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Names of the Ersatz Yorck-class ships?

Hi Admiral Semmes, According to German Warships by Erich Groner revised by Dieter Jung and Martin Maas, Ersatz Yorck would have been joined by Ersatz Scharnhorst and Ersatz Gneisenau. Since one of the previous but uncompleted Mackensens was to be named Graf Spee, I would guess they might have retain...
by wadinga
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hi Admiral Semmes,

Do you have Gary Staff's other books on Skagerrak and the "Seven Seas" book on the cruiser campaign?

All the best

wadinga