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by George Gerolimatos
Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Bismarck
Replies: 20
Views: 10043

an interesting proposal

Hello, Thanks for furthering an interesting discussion. I won't directly answer your question just now, but there is an important thing to consider: by the fall of 1941 the British had captured an Enigma machine and were beginning to crack the code. From that point on, the British had greater and gr...
by George Gerolimatos
Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:08 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 35653

Japanese warship names

Hi again, there is a fantastic website out there on the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). You can find it at combinedfleet.com. As to your question, no, Japanese carriers were not normally named after provinces. The only exceptions were those ships originally laid down as battlecruiser, i.e., Akagi (her...
by George Gerolimatos
Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:58 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 35653

Yamato and Musashi

Karl, There was a great samurai and teacher named Miyamoto Musashi (the Japanese had a famous serial of novels in the 20s and 30s devoted to him). His name was after a famous province in Japan. Similarly, the Yamato province contained the original capital of ancient Japan. It has a special meaning f...
by George Gerolimatos
Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: How did Bismarck influence British Naval Politics/Tactics?
Replies: 2
Views: 1724

results of exercise Rhine

In his great book on the German navy of WWII, Vincent O'Hara makes a point that has received scant attention over the years: just how much the Bismarck episode affected British naval policy over the next years, with Tirpitz lurking in the Norwegian fjords. It was a classic case of the "fleet-in-bein...
by George Gerolimatos
Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Tirpitz and Bismarck
Replies: 20
Views: 10043

Tirpitz and Bismarck

Hello all, There have been frequent discussions on the relative merits of including the incompletely-worked up and equipped Tirpitz with Bismarck during operation Rheinubung. Raeder's decision not to include her in the sortie is often contrasted with Britain's decision to use the PoW, which was simi...
by George Gerolimatos
Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Yamato and Musashi vs. Missouri and Iowa
Replies: 55
Views: 32486

Distance does matter

Hello, Perhaps I wasn't being clear enough. Yes, nominal RoF of American ships might be faster than Japanese. By "nominal" I mean that American ships can load and fire fast without concern for range or accuracy . However, gunnery dictates that for accurate shooting (meaning spotting fall of shot), t...
by George Gerolimatos
Mon Feb 27, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Yamato and Musashi vs. Missouri and Iowa
Replies: 55
Views: 32486

Agreed

Without the intervention of aircraft and with an even playing field, it would have been a tough fight. People often cit rate of fire as important. This only holds for shorter ranges: in order to spot fall of shot at longer ranges, guns, no matter how fast their nominal rates of fire, must fire at a ...
by George Gerolimatos
Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:07 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 35653

Sorry about that

Yes, thank you Mr. Rudofsky for correcting me, I hastily dashed off that line about my name- though I presume modern Greeks would be aware of the roots of the name "George." Actually, sometimes I wish I spoke or knew ancient Greek rather than modern, as most of the words we borrow from the Greek in ...
by George Gerolimatos
Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:24 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 35653

Yes sir!

Yes, my background is Greek, Cephallonian to be precise, on my father's side. But mom is German! Quite a mix, eh?
George (the "earth worker")
by George Gerolimatos
Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most beautiful name for a warship?
Replies: 50
Views: 35653

names

I have to say, even though I'm an American, that U.S. warship names were rather boring, excepting WWII CVs, named after battles of the Revolutionary War (e.g. Yorktown, Saratoga). This goes esp. for BBs. One of the most powerful and beautiful BBs ever designed, the Iowa class?! No offense to those f...
by George Gerolimatos
Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:37 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: If a Bismarck movie were to be written...
Replies: 16
Views: 11253

Yamato movie

Hi, I'm not sure if you know already, but a movie has been produced in Japan about the battleship Yamato. Here's the link: http://www.yamato-movie.jp/ Somehow I don't think the Germans would be as enthusiastic about producing a film about Bismarck. George G.
by George Gerolimatos
Fri Jul 15, 2005 4:24 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck's protected depth
Replies: 3
Views: 2566

thanks!

Hello Mr. Rico, Thank you for your help- I should have been more specific and stated that I am interested in the freeboard of the ship and the heights of the 320 mm and 145 mm belts at standard displacement-41,700 mt. I agree with the total height of the ship from keel to deck as 15 m, and that the ...
by George Gerolimatos
Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:46 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck's protected depth
Replies: 3
Views: 2566

Bismarck's protected depth

Hello all, I am trying to figure out Bismarck's vertical protection for a wargame. What I am interested in is the height of the ship's side above the water, her freeboard (amidships) I believe. I have found a figure of 5.7 m. Is this correct? I also have gotten conflicting measurements for her main ...
by George Gerolimatos
Sun May 29, 2005 5:54 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Gunnery Accuracy
Replies: 6
Views: 4633

Gunnery accuracy

Hello Marty1: How are you enjoying Massie's book? I got it by chance, and I was astounded how good it was: I love Massie's style, and his coverage of WWI naval battles is balanced and sure. During the Battle of Denmark Strait, Bismarck expended only 93 rounds of 38cm ammunition and an unknown number...