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by Ersatz Yorck
Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: LOSS OF HMS ARK ROYAL IN WW2
Replies: 9
Views: 3885

Re: LOSS OF HMS ARK ROYAL IN WW2

The statement about counterflooding being prohibited seems odd to me. Counterflooding can hardly have been a new and untried practice in the RN during WW2!It was certainly practiced in the RN during WW1. An airborne torpedo will often be lighter than a submarine torpedo, so all torpedo hits are not ...
by Ersatz Yorck
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Ersatz Yorck/Mackenson vs Hoods
Replies: 6
Views: 2571

Re: Ersatz Yorck/Mackenson vs Hoods

The Hood has better armor, heavier armament and more speed. The Hoods ought to win every time. With half again the tonnage of the Mackensens, that is not surprising. The only possible advantage the Mackensens have would be better internal subdivision, pumping capacity, auxiliary generators etc, whic...
by Ersatz Yorck
Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Armament of the Bogatyr-class as rearmed
Replies: 2
Views: 3664

Re: Armament of the Bogatyr-class as rearmed

Thanks for the answer!
by Ersatz Yorck
Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Alternate Bismarck Campaign
Replies: 46
Views: 9900

Re: Alternate Bismarck Campaign

True the S & G did give a poor account of themselves in the encounter with Renown. However, in that battle the S & G were disadvantaged by weather and that battle was itself heavily influenced by fluke events, perhaps more even than at DS. How often will a 4.5 in hit knock out an 11 in turret? And a...
by Ersatz Yorck
Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: How would you improve the Kriegsmarine
Replies: 151
Views: 34227

Re: How would you improve the Kriegsmarine

Edit: BTW I am not so sure it would have been better to operate together, or with the limited number of ships available that it would have been practical. I was thinking of convoy attack here, where ships scatter; a pair of panzerschiffe could account for the bulk of the fleeing ships by attacking ...
by Ersatz Yorck
Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 14543

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

That really shows how far the KM had fallen from the WW1 German Navy. In WW2 the KM repeatedly failed to coordinate even a few destroyers and heavy ships, both North Cape and Barents Sea are examples of this. You not taking into consideration the conditions. At Barents Sea the visbility when they m...
by Ersatz Yorck
Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 14543

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

As always an interesting post Delcyros.
by Ersatz Yorck
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 14543

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

With respect to the secondary 5.9 inch guns they aren't as formidable as at first sight. Only four guns in single lightly armoured mounts on either flank, poor fire direction and generally only good for sinking stationery merchant ship targets. The cruises of both Scheer and AGS evidences this. I a...
by Ersatz Yorck
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 14543

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

On paper, yes, but subject to certain caveats. These will relate to range at which the action commences and the immediate British tactics. If the RN commander opts for Harwoods' tactic of splittiing the AGS fire by attacking on two flanks then the AGS will be in trouble once the British cruisers ar...
by Ersatz Yorck
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 14543

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

In Artic operations German warships always operated in groups. This was intended for Scharnhorst's last operation as well. Scharnhorst sailed in the company of 5 zerstroyers. Scharnhorst was to over power the convoy's close escort or enemy cruisers allowing the destroyers to more efficiently go abo...
by Ersatz Yorck
Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte
Replies: 110
Views: 14543

Re: Best U.S. cruisers at the river Platte

On paper, yes, but subject to certain caveats. These will relate to range at which the action commences and the immediate British tactics. If the RN commander opts for Harwoods' tactic of splittiing the AGS fire by attacking on two flanks then the AGS will be in trouble once the British cruisers ar...
by Ersatz Yorck
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck closes in to finish off Prince of Wales
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: Bismarck closes in to finish off Prince of Wales

alecsandros wrote:
Indeed, there was little battle experience in the KGM...
An interesting tidbit is that the French navy fought as many battleship vs battleship actions against the allies as the KM!

French: Mers el Kebir, Dakar, Casablanca.
KM: Denmark Straits, Bismarcks last battle, North cape.
by Ersatz Yorck
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck closes in to finish off Prince of Wales
Replies: 31
Views: 6196

Re: Bismarck closes in to finish off Prince of Wales

...In the whole career of Prinz Eugen the DS battle was its only surface ship battle engagement. KM surface ship serious and prolonged engagements with other surface ships were very rare events..... Indeed the only occasion of a KM ship repeatedly getting into a scrap with other ships was the hilfs...
by Ersatz Yorck
Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Pre-Dreadnoughts refitted to meet Dreadnought standard
Replies: 7
Views: 10183

Re: Pre-Dreadnoughts refitted to meet Dreadnought standard

The turrets and barbettes and trunks are an integral part of the hull and armor system. Just adding one is not a simple undertaking. I would say it is virtually impossible. First off, there simply isn't any space, unless you are to remove something else, which almost certainly has to be the engines,...
by Ersatz Yorck
Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Was Hitler a British Agent...
Replies: 64
Views: 19698

Re: Was Hitler a British Agent...

Actually, the Maginot line did it's job in a roundabout way! The Germans didn't want to attack through it, so they go through Belgium, everyone gets pissed and Germany eventually finds itself at war with the rest of the world and loses. Who did you say didn't learn from WW1? The Maginot Line was a ...