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by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: USS South Dakota at Guadalcanal
Replies: 90
Views: 9936

Re: USS South Dakota at Guadalcanal

... This has been debated here several times, I am one of the skeptics. First of all, nobody knows if that is Kirishima lying on the bottom, and not Hiei. Then, even if it is Kirishima, who would believe Japanese officers declaring 20+ 16" hits, trying to save their a*** after yet another battleshi...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:14 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: USS South Dakota at Guadalcanal
Replies: 90
Views: 9936

USS South Dakota at Guadalcanal

There is an interesting discussion going on at navweaps about this battle. A link was pointed out which points to Mr. R. Lundgren's analysis of the damage to Kirishima and South Dakota. His is one of the few (the only?) treatments which draw extensively from Japanese sources. I think it's interestin...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1950
Views: 129994

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

I think "the plot" was in error, as well as a lot of other things from that morning. I don't see any attempt to change the facts, though. I think that where testimony changed it was because someone looked at everything that was said about where they were and what was going on and said to himself "I ...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 16674

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

Well, on the one hand we have an unsubstantiated claim of damage and sinking of enemy ships in a confusing night battle. On the other hand, we have a detailed report of damage to one's own ship after examination in the yard, accompanied by the recommended fixes. Don't you think there might be a diff...
by Steve Crandell
Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 16674

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

When it says the main battery starts firing, and then that the ship stops firing some time later without saying that the main battery was out of action, doesn't that at least imply that it was firing the whole time? Sky 1-4 are the directors for the 5"/38 battery. These directors are capable of cont...
by Steve Crandell
Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 16674

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

I looked at Hornfischer's references and I can't seem to find one to an action report that doesn't include the damage report. Here is section 10 or the action narrative (Section II of the damage report) from South Dakota; the part pertaining to the period during which she received gunfire damage: 10...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Naval battles of Guadalcanal
Replies: 4
Views: 1925

Re: Naval battles of Guadalcanal

Wow, thanks for the tabulation of sources!
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: IJNS Kirishima Damage & Loss Analysis
Replies: 12
Views: 8609

Re: IJNS Kirishima Damage & Loss Analysis

... Very interesting Steve. What is still unknown to me is if a definitive id of the sunken vessel was done ? Many say it could be the Hiei... which sank very close to the Kirishima, and was also riddled with shell holes. One of them would have 16" diameter holes in it, but after all this time I'm ...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: BRITISH AA OF WW2
Replies: 67
Views: 16674

Re: BRITISH AA OF WW2

No its a book of some 500 pages. It's absolutely the best and most important history of the Guadalcanal naval battles yet written. I highly recommend it. Its not perfect, but I put more faith in Hornfischer's (or Hammel's) analysis than I do in the battle reports and such. The battle reports and da...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: IJNS Kirishima Damage & Loss Analysis
Replies: 12
Views: 8609

Re: IJNS KIRISHIMA DAMAGE & LOSS ANALYSIS

Has any further research been done on this wreck since the original prognosis by R. Lundgren, many have submitted observations on forums, but has any definitive conclusion been established and published. Do their shipwrecks have any appeal to the Japanese themselves. There has always been the debat...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Guadalcanal naval campaign
Replies: 35
Views: 4710

Re: Guadalcanal naval campaign

I've been reading "Neptune's Inferno", and it definitely leaves one with the impression that the Japanese weren't holding anything back. They had serious fuel shortages to deal with, as well as heavy losses of pilots.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1950
Views: 129994

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

I just reviewed the statement from Baron Mullenheim-Rechberg in his book "Bismarck - A Survivor's story". He was tasked with keeping the British cruisers under observation as Bismarck opened fire on Hood. He states on Pg 108 of my book: "The cruisers, still twelve to fifteen nautical miles astern, f...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1950
Views: 129994

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Hi Steve, Welcome aboard the debate. Do you favour the Prosecution or Defence, or are you still undecided? :wink: Speaking as a former watch keeping officer, which do you think is more reliable, a ship's log entry giving a bearing and time, 220 and 05:50, presumably measured with a Pelorus , or the...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1950
Views: 129994

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

Hello everybody, @ Steve Crandell, I think you should find interesting to realize at what distance RearAdm W.F. Wake-Walker was thinking that Norfolk 8 inches ( 203 mm ) guns were at effective range. As you can read yourself, he considered correct to open fire only when it was possible to spot the ...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War
Replies: 1950
Views: 129994

Re: Denmark Strait and RN Articles of War

At a "gut level" I find it very hard to believe that Norfolk would not have fired at Bismarck if her CO believed she could do so with a reasonable chance of hitting her target. It's counter to the complete wartime record of British warships in action, including Norfolk herself on other occasions.