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by wadinga
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Books on British Battlecruisers?
Replies: 15
Views: 1139

Re: Books on British Battlecruisers?

Hello AdmiralSemmes, On my shelves I have: British and German Battlecruisers by Michele Constantino & Ruggero Stanglini Clydebank Battlecruisers by Ian Johnston Grand Fleet Battlecruisers by Steve Backer Battlecruiser Invincible by V E Tarrant For anecdotes the text of WW I book With the Battlecruis...
by wadinga
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Blucher in Dogger Bank
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Blucher in Dogger Bank

Fellow Contributors, Scheer and the High Seas fleet left the crippled battlecruisers Lutzow and Seydlitz behind as he ran for harbour at utmost speed after his "victory" at the Skagerrak. Seydlitz staggered in under her own power, but Lutzow was deliberately sunk with trapped survivors still aboard ...
by wadinga
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Ploughing through the complex nomenclature of the German 37mm gun in Skiwiot's German Naval Guns I think the retention of the SK C/30 model, which was really a "quick firing gun" (Schnell Kanone) rather than an automatic cannon was because the Kriegsmarine was convinced of the o...
by wadinga
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Thorsten, thanks for contributing excellent original documentation. :clap: :clap: :clap: Whatever the validity of the claims by ships' AA, some of the Swordfish were destroyed or damaged by JG 26 Fw 190 fighters which had to attack from astern, and lower their landing gear in or...
by wadinga
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors< I unfortunately misquoted Roger Kerrison :oops: from an account in The Swordfish story by Ray Sturtivant. Kerrison, who flew with 830 claimed the figure sunk or damaged . It may be a wartime estimate which as we all know were sometimes somewhat inflated and was for a period 1941...
by wadinga
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Hi Steve, was apparently it for the entire war. Hardly. As Mostlyharmless confirms (I'll buy you a drink at Milliways :cool: ) 830 squadron Swordfish flying from Malta (yes I know its not a carrier) sank 500,000 tons of enemy shipping by torpedo mostly at night, denying a considerable quantity of st...
by wadinga
Fri Aug 14, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Do you know by any chance how many ships were torpedoed at night by Swordfish? Well, three battleships at Taranto is quite a good start. And then there is Bismarck of course, although poor visibility and the weird zone time used for the operation slew this a little. It seems lik...
by wadinga
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Hi Steve, The point is Swordfish used ASV II to locate the Bismarck as early as May 1941, and needed radar because unlike the faster, monoplane aircraft of the USA and Japan, as a low speed take off and landing aircraft it could and did operate at night and in bad weather from carriers at that time....
by wadinga
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Fellow Contributors, Nevertheless the [in]effect[iveness] of Bismarcks AA-fire remain a mysterium. Indeed it does. Despite the suggestion that a non-lethal deterrence was the primary object of AA fire, it remains true that both attacks, by relatively small numbers of aircraft, scored hits on a fast,...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: Who won?

Hi Steve, And level bombers against a moving ship don't have much chance to get a hit, especially dropping only one very heavy bomb Deck protection provision revolved around perceived threats , which don't always materialize. Bombing was perceived to be more accurate than it proved to be in combat, ...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: Who won?

Hello Paul, You might choose to visit Navweaps http://navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_16-50_mk7.php in order to find for yourself information like this: 35,000 yards (32,004 m) 12.97" (329 mm) 8.48" (215 mm) 1,556 fps (474 mps) 36.27 That is 36.27 degrees angle of fall. Even at the most extreme 42,345 yds...
by wadinga
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: Who won?

Fellow Contributors, That article is in Warship International Number 3 1991. I am enjoying studying it again now, along with the later one. I have been an INRO member for many, many years and have learned a great deal thanks to the heroic and selfless efforts of the Editorial and Production team inc...
by wadinga
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: Who won?

Hello Thorsten, I have just dug out Bill and Brad Fischer's titanic splendiferous two-part article from Warship International and will be keeping my head below the parapet until I understand all/some/any :shock: of it. They do present many examples, including one of the "finer practices from the col...
by wadinga
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: Who won?

Fellow Contributors, They were not the only ones...... From the RN Progress in Gunnery 1939 89. The limitations of the method of correcting for canted trunnions, described in C.B. 3001/36, page 90, have been disclosed in practice firings during the year, and proposals have been put forward for addit...
by wadinga
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2354

Re: Who won?

Hi Dale 3242, I must admit I find Please understand that I do not argue that firing at ships which are 26,000 yards or more is useless. mutually exclusive with Thus ranges beyond 24 km are not practical. but we all have to change our minds sometimes. For instance I was wrong to say it was a stern ch...