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by tommy303
Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:29 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood vs. Scharnhorst
Replies: 29
Views: 13235

Yes, there is a modest USS Utah memorial near the wreck, but not straddling it like the Arizona.

http://www.ussutah.org/
by tommy303
Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:17 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bismarck class turret protection
Replies: 74
Views: 45157

Hi Tiornu,

If you are referring to the hit on Dunkerque scored by Hood, was not the shell itself rejected and only parts of the cap together with armour fragments driven into the gun chamber?
by tommy303
Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Nuclear warhead shell!
Replies: 12
Views: 4425

Official designation was 16-in Mk23. It would appear that 50 were made and entered service in 1956, and in the Iowa, New Jersey and Wisconsin, Turret II magazines were remodeled by addition of a secure area housing ten such nuclear shells (although doubt remains as to whether or not any of the battl...
by tommy303
Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Nuclear warhead shell!
Replies: 12
Views: 4425

Yes, they were intended for the USS Iowa class battleships.
by tommy303
Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Nuclear warhead shell!
Replies: 12
Views: 4425

The Atomic Energy Museum at Kirland AFB near Albuquerque NM has a 16-inch nuclear shell on display.

http://www.6v6gt.com/Atomic/Image007.jpg
by tommy303
Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bismarck class turret protection
Replies: 74
Views: 45157

Hi Foerth,

I have Strunk's Elements of style too. English is not the easiest language to learn, to be sure; now with the hyphen properly in place Dave's argument makes much more sense.
by tommy303
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:23 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bismarck class turret protection
Replies: 74
Views: 45157

Hi Tiornu,

you are probably correct about sloped-back.
by tommy303
Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bismarck class turret protection
Replies: 74
Views: 45157

Hi Dave, I am not so sure the slope at the rear was anything more than there being little high up in the turret rear until you reached the rangefinder, and the need for more weight in back to keep the turret in balance. The combination of a longer shallower slope and heavier armour might make it app...
by tommy303
Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bismarck class turret protection
Replies: 74
Views: 45157

The hit which initially disabled Turret B and the presumed hit which caused an internal explosion were two different events separated by a considerable time element. The first may well have been a shell which struck and holed the barbett at its top edge which jammed the turret and effectively put it...
by tommy303
Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Knights Cross
Replies: 20
Views: 5532

The statute of 1939 that reinstated the Iron Cross order stated that one had to have the Iron Cross II before being eligible for the Iron Cross I; similarly, one had to have both the I & II to be eligible for the RK. Likewise, higher degrees of the RK required the soldier in question to have been aw...
by tommy303
Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:33 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Bismarck/ Tirpitz Aircraft Carrier conversion?
Replies: 10
Views: 8249

Also Shinano?
by tommy303
Fri Oct 13, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Lifeboats etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 5460

Actually it is true under some circumstances. In major fleet actions it was often done, primarily to prevent the wooden boats from being a source of splinters (which inflicted most wounds in the age of sail). Most ships in line of battle sailed under battle sails, rather than with full sails set to ...
by tommy303
Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: WW1 Invincible/ Inflexible vs. WW2 Scharnhorst/Gneisenau
Replies: 43
Views: 14401

I believe the objective of Spee's planned attack on Port Stanely, and possibly Langsdorff's was to destroy the telegraphic centre for the transoceanic cable, thereby disrupting communication. It was a rather more important target in Spee's day than in Langsdorff's, considering that radio communicati...
by tommy303
Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:59 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: South Dakota´s barbette impact
Replies: 9
Views: 2916

If I am not mistaken, a good many of the lesser rounds which hit the battleship were AP or base fuzed common.
by tommy303
Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: South Dakota´s barbette impact
Replies: 9
Views: 2916

I would tend to agree with tiornu. Had the shell been a nosed fuzed projectile it should have detonated against the hatch combing rather than passing through both sides and into the barbette