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by Steve Crandell
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: May 24 1941 - Tirpitz v Prince of Wales
Replies: 177
Views: 28226

Re: May 24 1941 - Tirpitz v Prince of Wales

This is going off topic, but I would add an aside that if Leach had continued the action and Marschall and not Lutjens was the Fleet Commander, I would have expected Marschall to allow Norfolk and Suffolk to close the range while POW gets clobbered, then Bismarck suddenly turns on Wake-Walker while...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Jutland 100 years ago
Replies: 10
Views: 5709

Re: Jutland 100 years ago

Is it possible that he would then have closed the German DDs so fast they would have mingled with his fleet and scored multiple short range torpedo hits?
by Steve Crandell
Sat Jun 25, 2016 5:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 968
Views: 87107

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

I'm pretty sure "Good Rapid" meant that each turret group was fired as soon as the guns were ready.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 968
Views: 87107

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

Hi Marc, many thanks for the clarification: I will try to better fit Jasper account and salvo count based on this. :think: One more question: does the German text specifies whether the PG fore turrets were not bearing (thus not firing) or just trained max aft (but still in action, as the English tr...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 968
Views: 87107

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

In the absence of any solid proof, I don't see why we should doubt of the figure of 40 shots, reported when the action memory was still fresh, or of the account of Rowell and of the other witnesses, who confirmed Bismarck was continuously firing without any appreciable rate differences during the d...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 968
Views: 87107

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

In the absence of any solid proof, I don't see why we should doubt of the figure of 40 shots, reported when the action memory was still fresh, or of the account of Rowell and of the other witnesses, who confirmed Bismarck was continuously firing without any appreciable rate differences during the d...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Modern AAA
Replies: 5
Views: 5079

Re: Modern AAA

tommy303 wrote:Hi Steve,

I believe they have proximity fuzes small enough for 4cm now.
That doesn't surprise me ... I just wasn't sure. :)
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Modern AAA
Replies: 5
Views: 5079

Re: Modern AAA

Modern proximity fuses are much more reliable than they were in WWII. They are also fitted to smaller shells, although I don't know how small. I believe at least as small as 57mm. They are also very fast reacting, with many automatic features and can be activated by one person in CIC. Any enemy airc...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...
Replies: 158
Views: 34362

Re: Graf Spee trying to escape back to Germany...

Spee left Germany with only a total of 600 11" rounds What was the maximum 11 inch rounds magazine provision? Was the 5.9 inch shell stock also underprovided? Despatching the ship on what could have been a long range war cruise would or should require a full provision of ammunition. Not to do so I ...
by Steve Crandell
Tue May 31, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Need Technical Assistance for a WWII Action Novel
Replies: 10
Views: 7821

Re: Need Technical Assistance for a WWII Action Novel

I don't think any of us are better positioned than you are to write about life on a USN destroyer. I would suggest googling "USN destroyers in WWII" as I just did to get a nice reading list. I am retired USN but served in submarines and we both have a lot of useful knowledge, but things were a bit d...
by Steve Crandell
Sat May 28, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers
Replies: 74
Views: 59488

Re: Royal Navy Super Battleships and Battlecruisers

Interesting idea of using compressed air to blow water out of the SPS. Submarines can do that because the bottom of the tanks are open to the sea. Would that be the case here? What would be the source of the air? Surely not hundreds of compressed air tanks.
by Steve Crandell
Thu May 12, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood v Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 560
Views: 42156

Re: Hood v Vittorio Veneto

@Alberto I forgot about the 350mm belt... I thought it was 375mm still... but it is not, you're right. KGV class also has some nice inclinations of plates near magazines (between 7 and 10 degrees, they are not vertical), but I do not know if they continue along machinery. So you are right, macinery...
by Steve Crandell
Tue May 03, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood v Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 560
Views: 42156

Re: Hood v Vittorio Veneto

I think the hypothetical barbette hit on QE had the potential of destroying the ship. It might start a serious cordite fire in the lift and likely result in the forward magazine being flooded if not worse.
by Steve Crandell
Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Deck guns to sink submarines
Replies: 6
Views: 4268

Re: Deck guns to sink submarines

Thinking further deck guns have been used against submerged targets such as mines and approaching torpedoes to detonate the ordnance at a safe distance but these are extremely shallow and visible targets on the surface. A surface ship could and probably would take a periscope under fire and might h...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood v Vittorio Veneto
Replies: 560
Views: 42156

Re: Hood v Vittorio Veneto

Frankly I get a bit tired of the "British always win because they are just better" trump card in any possible battle you want to choose. Here you are comparing very modern, better protected ships with the most powerful 15" guns in WW2 vs very old ships and still the British win? Because they are Bri...