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by Djoser
Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarcks armour
Replies: 10
Views: 4057

Re: Bismarcks armour

But alas, still not unsinkable. Bismarck indeed was a marvelous work of design and engineering - but was still lost as a result of one small torpedo, dropped by an obsolete biplane, striking a vital area, and no means of countering the crippling damage caused. It's impossible not to think of the de...
by Djoser
Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Best war movie ever?
Replies: 116
Views: 46717

Re: Best war movie ever?

Wow I am sure I have looked at this thread a few times in my 8 or more years membership--but why is it that no one has brought up one of the greatest war movies of all time, 'Zulu!' ? Despite a number of gross inaccuracies, it remains an excellent depiction of one of the most glorious 'Last Stands' ...
by Djoser
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarcks armour
Replies: 10
Views: 4057

Re: Bismarcks armour

There you have it. I am inclined to believe the Baron's account--that the engines were still running and the ship was basically intact as far as the internal works were concerned, until he was scuttled--other that the armament and the upper works of course. No doubt he would have sunk eventually, bu...
by Djoser
Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:57 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare
Replies: 71
Views: 12825

Re: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare

However, 85-100 elite torpedo planes... it's a bit to much for the AA defense of either task force, IMO. IF , on the other hand, we would have South Dakota AND NOrth Carolina (both with late-1942 armament) along with, say, 4 US modern CAs and 10 modern DDs... I would put my money on the battleships...
by Djoser
Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Detailed Footage of Bismarck Wreck
Replies: 2
Views: 8176

Re: Detailed Footage of Bismarck Wreck

Thanks so much for posting--going to go watch it now!
by Djoser
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Admiral (2008) Russian film
Replies: 3
Views: 8143

Re: Admiral (2008) Russian film

OK sorry about that wiki link, for some reason the ")" at the end isn't part of the link in the post (even though it looks like it). If you add that ")" to the end in your address bar, it should work. About the officers in that first battle scene (in the YouTube link), yes they looked way too neat a...
by Djoser
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:44 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare
Replies: 71
Views: 12825

Re: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare

In each case they were operating as part of an intergated task group in a AA formation, and with a AA cruiser close by. It was not a case of the ships fending off these attacks essentially alone. Gatch's claims of SD shooting down dozens of enemy AC still rankles the crew members of the other ships...
by Djoser
Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Admiral (2008) Russian film
Replies: 3
Views: 8143

Admiral (2008) Russian film

Just watched this movie about the Russian Admiral Kolchak: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiral_(film) It's got a great scene in the beginning where a German 'armored cruiser' (as described in the article, but it looks more like a battlecruiser) is led over a freshly laid minefield by Kolchak in an ...
by Djoser
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare
Replies: 71
Views: 12825

Re: Taranto.

I would welcome the informed view of poswters on this site as to my conviction that Taranto not only represents the best of the RN but also had an enormous effect on naval warfare. It is rather irritating to see Pearl Harbor repeatedly touted as being this dramatic, sudden, shocking proof that batt...
by Djoser
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck Wreck Salvage
Replies: 113
Views: 125248

Re: Bismarck Wreck Salvage

True, you can't skimp on starship ''warpdrive'' but it would be likely by then that the skills in boiler making would have been lost for ever. Some of the heritage steam railways in Britain are now starting to encounter problems in keeping a pool of trained skilled labour in boiler making and steam...
by Djoser
Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck Wreck Salvage
Replies: 113
Views: 125248

Re: Bismarck Wreck Salvage

The only remaining difficulty (in the short term) then will be one of finance, particulary against the background of economic recession and the new financial austerity following on from the problems with the banking system liquidity and of course the costs of supporting the Euro. If we are looking ...
by Djoser
Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:51 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck Wreck Salvage
Replies: 113
Views: 125248

Re: Bismarck Wreck Salvage

They could use some sort of substitute for the thick armor plate, of course--but the cost would still be phenomenal. Still cheaper than attempting to raise and restore the original, I bet. Still, I wouldn't rule out the possibility for the future, either way--more likely the construction of a replic...
by Djoser
Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck proper name "He" or "She"
Replies: 30
Views: 33597

Re: Bismarck proper name "He" or "She"

I'm with Lindemann. These magnificent ships had no vaginas, nor had they balls--except maybe metaphorically. If he wanted to call a magnificent fighting machine such as this Bismarck 'he', I'm very happy to oblige him. And have done so as long as I've been posting here.
by Djoser
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Books and Reference
Topic: Preston: Worst warships of all time
Replies: 88
Views: 39448

Re: Preston: Worst warships of all time

Wow didn't know that about Vanguard (necessity for counterflooding when firing main armament). I've never been impressed with Vanguard anyway, neither in terms of looks nor in terms of offensive armament. The WW I era 15" was a very fine gun to be sure, but by late WW II there were much better guns ...
by Djoser
Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:59 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The Greatest Naval Battle in History
Replies: 248
Views: 176070

Re: The Greatest Naval Battle in History

I don't understand why you believe that a German victory at Jutland gives them automatic control of the English Channel. They could try - as per the Flandern flotilla - but the narrowness of the Straits of Dover turns the Manche into something of a mousetrap for the German dreadnoughts. Apart from ...