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by tommy303
Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Gun length in calibers
Replies: 3
Views: 3502

I didn't check Groener, but Campbell agrees pretty much with Breyer.
by tommy303
Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:31 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Iowa Class real performance
Replies: 67
Views: 30981

To expand some on what Bgile is saying, the USN used Ammonium Picrate as a filler while the Germans used preformed TNT/wax blocks. Ammonium Picrate, being a heavier compound, required less volume per weight than TNT, resulting in a smaller explosive cavity; it was also less prone to concussive shock...
by tommy303
Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:44 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Zeppelin vs HMS Ark Royal and Victorious
Replies: 122
Views: 30519

Hi Tiornu, Apparently not losing a wingman is true. In fact, in one mission, when he and his wingman tangled with six P51s over Hungary (i think), Hartmann had his wingman break for home while he engaged the enemy to give him time to make good his escape. His wingman escaped unscathed, although Hart...
by tommy303
Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Barr & Stroud Dreyer vs. German Zeiss
Replies: 27
Views: 12885

Hi Karl, The Admiralty Fire Control Table or AFCT, was essentially a whole new design since the last mark Dreyer, as in Hood, had taken Dreyer's original design to its mechanical limit. The AFCT in its successive marks provided for important automatic input, thus minimizing operator errors. If I rec...
by tommy303
Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Barr & Stroud Dreyer vs. German Zeiss
Replies: 27
Views: 12885

The Germans, during the battle of Jutland, used a system inferior to the Dreyer system in use in Britain. It was in fact a manually operated system based on a Range Clock and a German version of the Dumaresq calculator, and a director pointer, whereas the Dreyer fire control table combined the range...
by tommy303
Mon Oct 02, 2006 11:17 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood´s punishment at DS
Replies: 20
Views: 6487

The round which hit the tripod mast platform above the compass platform might have disrupted the fire control from the foretop although I am not aware of any primary source which states that the foretop was put out of action (though any hit in that area might well have done so, either by severing ca...
by tommy303
Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood´s punishment at DS
Replies: 20
Views: 6487

Prinz Eugen had loaded nose fuzed shells during the passage down the straits in case they got into a skirmish with light forces. These were still in the barrels at the start of the action with Holland's force and perforce had to be fired off before the guns could be loaded with the base fuzed HE Jas...
by tommy303
Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:26 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood´s punishment at DS
Replies: 20
Views: 6487

Karl, I know of no hit on Hood's conning tower. The best of my knowledge, the first hit was by Prinz Eugen's second salvo which ignited ready-use 4-inch and /or UP lockers on the shelter deck. This shell was reported by Able Seaman Tilburn as not being a major calibre shell as it would otherwise hav...
by tommy303
Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Big Scary German Word
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

Ok. Buendnisfaehigkeit, in the context of Stosch and Bismarck was the ability of Germany to attract allies--in Stosch's case primarily maritime allies who would otherwise perforce have to side with major naval powers such as Britain and France--i.e., if you cannot be number 1 then attract enough all...
by tommy303
Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:25 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Big Scary German Word
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

Hi Tiornu, In what context is the word used? Normally it means the quality or qualities necessary to be a worthy ally (as used by Chancellor von Bismarck). Hitler on the other hand used the term as the ability to conclude or force international agreements on the strength of military preparedness wit...
by tommy303
Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Pearl Harbor Conspiracy Theory?
Replies: 127
Views: 28297

I presume you mean J. Edgar Hoover.
by tommy303
Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Best rebuilt battleship?
Replies: 63
Views: 30047

There was little scope for the USN battleships in the Pacific as much more than support ships and air defence vessels for the carrier groups. How vessels were used has little bearing on technical superiority questions. One should add that the USN's Old Battle line, many of which were sunk at Pearl, ...
by tommy303
Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: What a shame
Replies: 8
Views: 2124

Was not Mikasa in Japan built in the UK from the plans of Sir William White?
by tommy303
Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:07 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: HMS Prince of Wales received hits on DS
Replies: 22
Views: 9648

Tiornu is essentially correct, but to add a little more to the explanation he gave, the flat area of the protective deck had an extension over the slopes in the way of the magazines; this flat extension was carried all the way to the ship's side when a test in 1920 showed that a 15in shell could pen...
by tommy303
Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:28 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: German Words
Replies: 13
Views: 3529

Tiornu, I think you might have a point about the all-purpose classification. In many military applications einheits has that meaning. Within the capital ship category Einheitsschiff would tend to mean a capital ship that could serve as both line of battleship as well as battle cruiser equally well--...