Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

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Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

Post by paul.mercer » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:54 pm

Gentlemen,
As you all know Tirpitz was finally capsised by 6 ton bombs from RAF Lancasters, was there ever any evaluation of what the effect of these bombs had on her armour (I Know she was sunk!) I would imagine that some would have gone straight through her and did'nt actually need to explode to cause mortal damage.

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Re: Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

Post by Herr Nilsson » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:45 pm

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Re: Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

Post by RF » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:50 am

This is a pretty comprehensive report, and it demonstrates the strategic consequences of having a force of heavy bombers, an arm the Luftwaffe never properly developed.
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Re: Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

Post by Bgile » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:30 pm

It also demonstrates the danger of having large outboard voids and not ballasting partly full fuel tanks.

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Re: Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

Post by celticmarine10 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:07 pm

Even if the Tallboy's didn't detonate, they would still cause a huge amount of damage by going right through her. I think this happened to the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest didn't it?
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Re: Effect of bombs on Tirpitz

Post by RF » Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:46 pm

And if the Tallboys failed, there was always Grand Slam. As evidenced by their demolition of the Beiliefeld railway viaduct - without actually hitting it.
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