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by tommy303
Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:25 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Photo Quiz
Replies: 16
Views: 14740

Well actually the cap insignia for the Foreign Service uniform cap was not too unlike that of the Luftwaffe's and can be easily mistaken for eachother. Unfortunately, the photo is rather too small to make out the details of the Hoheitsadler. It is possible that, as prhayes suggested, the other non n...
by tommy303
Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Photo Quiz
Replies: 16
Views: 14740

The more I think about it, the more I am certain the officer on the left in nr. 1 is Puttkammer, as he bears the closest resemblance to the following photo of Puttkammer:
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=12657
by tommy303
Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:11 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Photo Quiz
Replies: 16
Views: 14740

at a guess i would say Puttkammer is first on the left as he is the only officer wearing an Adjutant's aguillete. Most likely the officer wearing the leather great coat, third from the right, is Colonel von Below, as this officer appears to be senior enough to purchase a moroccan leather coat
by tommy303
Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck Photo Quiz
Replies: 16
Views: 14740

Off hand i would say the first, very tall officer is possibly Lútjens' flag lieutenanty or adjutant judging from the aguillete; 2nd man appears to be a Luftwaffe officer, probably a pilot of one of the Arado's since it seems they group is in front of the main hanger; the third is definitely not a fl...
by tommy303
Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Stern section of the Bismarck - question
Replies: 116
Views: 54058

Pardon my error in the previous post, i meant to say eight guns--4 mounts per side, not eight mounts per side.

thomas
by tommy303
Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:34 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Stern section of the Bismarck - question
Replies: 116
Views: 54058

Hi Bill, In regards to the discussion of FlaK fire control you are correct. It was the practice during the war for German FlaK, both ashore and afloat, to select a single target either a lone plane or one in a formation and direct four or more guns against that target . In the Luftwaffe FlaK, four w...
by tommy303
Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:27 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck proper name "He" or "She"
Replies: 30
Views: 34989

In German practice, the name of the ship is most usually preceeded by its class or type: Das Schlachtschiff Bismarck Der Kreuzer Admiral Hipper Der Zerstoerer Karl Gallester Das Unterseeboot 123 Das Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee Kreuzer and Zerstoerer are masculine, Boot, and Schiff are neuter in g...
by tommy303
Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:43 pm
Forum: Warship Photos
Topic: Photo Quiz #1
Replies: 9
Views: 11376

My guess would be he is helping cut up the armour deck slopes of Gneisenau during salvage and breaking up operations after the war.
by tommy303
Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:27 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: No Swordfish shot down by Bismarck
Replies: 27
Views: 30107

The sFlaK fire control system did indeed use a mechanical, analog resolver to work out the basic fire control solution so that the shell would rendezvous with the target, and a predictor which provided continual data for the resolver and fuze setting machines. Even with such a slow aircraft as the S...
by tommy303
Thu Nov 18, 2004 12:15 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: No Swordfish shot down by Bismarck
Replies: 27
Views: 30107

There were some minor differences in the two models of 10,5cm mounts, but not enough to make any real difference in the shooting ability of the two types. Neither type was completely satifactory in regards to traverse and elevations speeds, particularly when the ship was manouvering rapidly while ta...
by tommy303
Fri Nov 12, 2004 3:24 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: 15" Mark I and 38cm SK. C/34 naval guns
Replies: 15
Views: 10867

Off hand I would say that both guns were very good, although they somewhat reflect the differing design principles of the originating countries. The 15-in British continued a trend established prior to WW1 in which increasing armour penetrative performance and range was accomplished by introducing a...
by tommy303
Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:44 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Director Question
Replies: 5
Views: 3833

Fire control calculations were made in the forward or after Rechenstellen or calculating stations. There were seperate stations for main and secondary low angle batteries, as well as high angle calculating stations for the heavy FlaK battery. There was 100% redundancy as the foreward station was dup...
by tommy303
Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:35 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Director Question
Replies: 5
Views: 3833

There were in addiition port and starboard night action directors on each side of the combat bridge gallery around the conning tower and on either side of the after fire control station. The day action positions each had multiple directors within the fire control station, the forward and foretop pos...