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by wadinga
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Commodore Harwood
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: Commodore Harwood

Hello jrp, I see that was your first post- welcome aboard! According to my copy of Britain’s Glorious Navy published early in the war, the Commodore First Class had the same cuff stripes as a Rear Admiral. A Commodore Second Class had only the single broad stripe. Post war, only the single broad str...
by wadinga
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Tarranto
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Re: Tarranto

Fellow Contributors, After some investigation I have some serious issues with the explanation on the Armoured Carriers site. Any wire attached to the nose of the torpedo would be IMHO a very poor idea. It is supposedly strong enough to support the weight (c1600 lbs) long enough to gain this preferre...
by wadinga
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Main armament hoists
Replies: 7
Views: 480

Re: Main armament hoists

Hi Paul, It would indeed be a job to raise a 16" shell by hand, made even more improbable un the film 'Battleship' where 4 or 5 carried a shell in Missouri the whole length of the ship! Absolutely everything in the splendid and enjoyable hokum which is "Battleship" is improbable or downright impossi...
by wadinga
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1422

Re: torpedoes

Fellow Contributors, Searching for a control mechanism to allow: while the torpedo had already evolved to the guided monopropellant powered device that gave them about 50 km range with unheard off accuracy. I came across the Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil 1941 patent for frequency hopping to be appl...
by wadinga
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95

Hello Fatboy, Thanks for the visual update. I believe that is the actual functional open air navigating bridge. Both Eagle and Hermes had this feature, and just aft of your red circle the upper level is full of DCT with no room for a bridge crew. Compass binnacle, Pelorus, target bearing indicators,...
by wadinga
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95

Hello Fatboy, You foxed me a little with the 95 suffix (Oh yes- pennant number :cool: ) but if you mean the carrier commissioned in 1926 I assume the "bathtub" is the huge boxy position atop the tripod mast. As the first designed aircraft carrier in the world,(Hosho commissioned first) Hermes and la...
by wadinga
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Hello Paul, You are too kind, sir. ;-) Today 80 years ago, Richelieu left Dakar. Excellent article on U boat net The Richelieu which had been landing cadets at Dakar, had sailed with the Fleuret at 1315/25 for an unknown destination. She was shadowed by an aircraft from HMS Hermes until 1700 hours. ...
by wadinga
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Fellow Contributors, Francis has posed interesting points: Do you assume that Germany and / or Italy seize the French Fleet or that France goes to war against Britain ? These are two different situations. If France declares war to Britain (it's very unlikely IMHO, but let's assume it for the sake of...
by wadinga
Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Hello Francis, I see your points and we agree completely about the Axis fuel crisis. Whether Hitler could have traded more from the Soviets is a debatable matter, but in the end he decided to attack and try and steal it instead. The extra oil resources proved hard to get back into production and the...
by wadinga
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Fellow Contributors, 80 years ago this morning, the 95% complete battleship Richelieu slipped out of Brest, just leaving ahead of the German invader, and survived unscathed their subsequent bombing attack offshore. However instead of making the short, comparatively safe journey to ally Britain's har...
by wadinga
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Damage to German warships in Brest
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: Damage to German warships in Brest

Fellow Contributors, (Just in case anyone else is still bothered :cool: ) Interestingly there appears to be snow remnants on parts of the ship which is perhaps surprising for an October date in Brest. A "Warship Issue 49" article Prinz Eugen under Two Flags says the "Tradition" flag in silk was pres...
by wadinga
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Damage to German warships in Brest
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: Damage to German warships in Brest

Fellow Contributors, Further information: Hinsley in Vol 2 British Intelligence says Photo recon (PR) says PG was undocked by 16th December, which fits with the raid pictures and Whitley "German Cruisers" who says she came out on the 15th December. Hinsley says by 23rd December Gneisenau was seen on...
by wadinga
Sun May 31, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Damage to German warships in Brest
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: Damage to German warships in Brest

Fellow Contributors, Yes I do suffer from twitchy fingers occasionally. Back on the subject, further information on Prinz Eugen. Koop and Schmolke have a photo showing a ceremony with band on PG's starboard quarterdeck, dated 12th Oct 1941. A Tradition Flag of the Austro=Hungarian Empire is hoisted ...
by wadinga
Fri May 29, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Damage to German warships in Brest
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: Damage to German warships in Brest

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by wadinga
Fri May 29, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Damage to German warships in Brest
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: Damage to German warships in Brest

Fellow Contributors, Thanks for cheery response Dunmunro. Further info on Scharnhorst 24th July 1941 attack. La Pallice is the newer extended harbour of La Rochelle 200 miles south of Brest in the Bay of Biscay. In contrast to dilatory and disorganized response in Cerberus, as soon as RAF got pictur...