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by Tom17
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A desicive battle WW2
Replies: 54
Views: 18459

Re: A desicive battle WW2

Sorry!
My boo-boo!
I was looking at 1940 not 1941
Tom
by Tom17
Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A desicive battle WW2
Replies: 54
Views: 18459

Re: A desicive battle WW2

Codebreaking for the Allies got a bit better in the 6 months between Rheinubung and this threads timeline. U110 was captured in May '41 with an Enigma machine and other paraphernalia. By July ship losses had dropped dramatically (60 percent +/-) until November. http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/e...
by Tom17
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A desicive battle WW2
Replies: 54
Views: 18459

Re: A desicive battle WW2

Alecsandros wrote: ... Tirpitz was declared fully operational in Jan 1942. It could have been used, probably, by the time of her Baltic deployment in Oct/Nov 1941, but not at 100% efficiency. A hypothetical Nov 1941 sortie by Tirpitz/Bismarck in the Atlantic would be extremely bad for the British to...
by Tom17
Tue May 27, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: KGV sorties with POW
Replies: 147
Views: 16112

Re: KGV sorties with POW

If Bismarck was initially loaded with HE, wouldn't the easiest course of action be to fire the loaded guns and then reload with AP rather than unload the HE and then reload with AP? A hit (unlikely, but one never knows) on the opening salvo from a 15" HE shell would still cause damage and, even with...
by Tom17
Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hit on POW compass platform
Replies: 124
Views: 28051

Re: Hit on POW compass platform

Reading through this thread, there have been suggestions that the shell entering the CP encountered nothing more substantial than glass(?) and thin metal plating.
Would that have been enough to detach the shell's windscreen?
Tom
by Tom17
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120889

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Thanks Paul, In your reply you posted: ...So, it follows that salvo 19 was fired using guns 1 and 4, salvo 20 was a reload of either 1 or 4. Salvo 21 was from gun 3 - the problem being a shell having been hoisted without cordite charges to fire it... Could salvo 20 be from (a cleared) gun 3 and salv...
by Tom17
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120889

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

All, Is it correct to say that POW's salvo nos. 19, 20 and 21 were fired using the shells loaded in the guns in the turret (4 shells fired in total and not full turret salvoes, 12 shells fired) as I see the timings for the firing are only 20 seconds apart and therefore not of a long enough interval ...
by Tom17
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120889

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

RnFanDan,
No, I was using the american terms as a form of shorthand (BB, Battleship; BC, Battlecruiser; CA, Hevy Cruiser, etc.)
Tom
by Tom17
Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120889

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Purely hindsight, But after Hood's loss and the (for whatever reason) POW's disengagement, a BB added to the shadowing force seems like a splendid idea. No one in an RN ship knew IF Bismarck and PE would split up immediately after the battle. One CA shadowing Bismarck while the other shadows PE coul...
by Tom17
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15026

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

Johnalbion, I'm inclined to believe the 'left over ammunition from WW1' story is false. I direct your attention to this thread on another board which makes sense to me. http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/reply/302803/The-Admiralty-papers-on-cordite-and-the-BCF#reply-302803 Post 132 by ChrisPa...
by Tom17
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 15026

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

... Prince of Wales also carried 4 octuple 40mm Bofors (32 guns) No she didn't. POW had 2pdr Pom-Pom http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNBR_2pounder_m8.htm not Bofors http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_4cm-56_mk12.htm Although the same caliber (40mm) they were not as long ranged, had a lower muzzle ...
by Tom17
Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1949
Views: 120889

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Antonio, Looking at the diagram and the drawing by WW you've posted above, WW could have seen the relevant parts of Hood from the top (30 000 yard) depiction. His drawings of Hood don't represent the ship very well. Perhaps he sketched her from the waterline up to give a little context for others to...
by Tom17
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Germans in WWII having Iowa class battleships
Replies: 76
Views: 12974

Re: Germans in WWII having Iowa class battleships

Thanks Dave.
Was type 282 a 'little brother' of type 285?

I'm wondering how the aircraft arrangements on an Iowa would suit KM practices?

Tom
by Tom17
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Germans in WWII having Iowa class battleships
Replies: 76
Views: 12974

Re: Germans in WWII having Iowa class battleships

Dave, Could you expand a little on your first paragraph I'm a little confused. Yes they did. It was by AEG and it was code named Rettin. It could have come into service had the war in Eurpoe lasted a bit longer. Germany was the only one that developed such system for light Flak during WWII. The Brit...
by Tom17
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Germans in WWII having Iowa class battleships
Replies: 76
Views: 12974

Re: Germans in WWII having Iowa class battleships

Some questions and thoughts. I'm curious to know when the four Iowa's would commission into the KM? Historically, Iowa didn't reach the US Navy until Feb '43. If one had been available (to the US) in 1940-41 I doubt there would have been any Bofors (and equivalent radars) to mount on it more likely ...