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by Steve Crandell
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: Leyte gulf

The USN was much better at night fighting than they were earlier in the war. How could they not be? I know there was at least one case where USN DDs ambushed some IJN DDs with torpedoes at night, using radar as their primary sensor.
by Steve Crandell
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: Leyte gulf

You seem to be saying that the Japanese radar was superior to the Mark 3 fire control radar which was mounted on many US battleships and which couldn't be used successfully against Yamashiro at Surigao Strait. Only the three BBs with Mark 8 could get radar ranges. So hypothetically the IJN had a tec...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: Leyte gulf

I don't think the Yamato class were enough superior to make up the difference in numbers. Lee would probably have had about six modern BBs with him. Yamatos were very powerful ships, but they weren't immune to 16" gunfire and the USN would likely have had a lot more cruisers and DDs as well.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 536

Re: US Battleships

A small nitpick in that none of the older USN BBs had nine guns. I think they were pretty well protected, but they were slow. Do keep in mind that the Japanese battleships were also old with the exception of Yamato and Musashi. I'm pretty sure they were the only modern IJN BBs. Now, a number of thei...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1234

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

This is the Wiki explanation of the hit which destroyed USS Arizona. It gives citations and I think we can trust it as far as it goes: "Two competing theories have arisen about the cause of the explosion. The first is that the bomb detonated in or near the black-powder magazine used for the ship's s...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:27 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 47832

Re: Cover up synopsis

I think it is reasonable to assume that when the Compass Platform was hit by Bismarck, Leach was stunned and disoriented. He may well have remained that way for several minutes, but the time all ran together for him. It is possible that the report from the gunnery department that Y turret was jammed...
by Steve Crandell
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Replies: 13
Views: 7699

Re: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

Good synopsis. :)
by Steve Crandell
Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1
Replies: 521
Views: 58190

Re: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1

So if Holland had turned NE instead of SE he'd have run right into the German formation at point blank range.
by Steve Crandell
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1
Replies: 521
Views: 58190

Re: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1

I admit to having become somewhat numb to this court marshal drum beat. I believe that half the naval officers of every navy in the world would have been subject to condemnation had they been under the kind of minute to minute scrutiny of their comments, actions, and messages that is being done to W...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Gneisenau Reconstruction Specifics
Replies: 1
Views: 2476

Gneisenau Reconstruction Specifics

There is a game out there called "World of Warships" which includes the 15" version of Gneisenau. While the game isn't terribly realistic, their ship models are generally excellent. In the game, in addition to the alternate 15" armament, the ship has a uniform secondary battery of 12.8 cm guns. Is t...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1
Replies: 521
Views: 58190

Re: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1

Also height above the water for both target and radar antenna. Admittedly that seems irrelevant in the case of the 284M.
by Steve Crandell
Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: West vs East
Replies: 11
Views: 7124

Re: West vs East

I believe there are many poorly educated Americans who think Communism and Socialism are the same thing, and there are a number of better educated public figures who encourage that.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1
Replies: 521
Views: 58190

Re: May 23/24 night shadowing and interception approach CS1/BC1

Dunmunro wrote: "To shadow an enemy (verb) is to follow the enemy's movements whilst remaining out of sight of the enemy. It doesn't imply continuous contact with the enemy. " Hi Duncan, I agree, not continuously, but at least picking it up from time to time........ Norfolk was not following enemy'...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: West vs East
Replies: 11
Views: 7124

Re: West vs East

Americans are, as I'm sure you are aware, are not monolithic in their thinking about various political and economic issues. One who frequents military forums is likely to get more of the conservative point of view.
by Steve Crandell
Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: teleportation in time PoW and KGV v Bismarck
Replies: 38
Views: 12294

Re: teleportation in time PoW and KGV v Bismarck

He would be aware of the possibility given Victorious has to manoeuvre as a carrier as opposed to the movements and speed of battleships. The same issue Halsey and Spruance had in the Pacific - the battleships (when available) got left behind. But that was of course later on in the war. I believe y...