Hipper Class Deck Rings

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Hipper Class Deck Rings

Post by frontkampfer » Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:54 pm

I've noticed that both Prinz Eugen and Hipper had double "deck rings" around A and D turrents. They appear in plan view on the drawings. What puprose did they serve? Were they kept throughout the war?

I asked this question on another forum too. If this question has be already addressed could someone supply a link?

Any info appreciated!
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Re: Hipper Class Deck Rings

Post by Jack B. » Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:14 pm

I believe the rings are to catch the spent shell cases. Somewhere there is a picture with a bunch of cases piled up by these rings.

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Re: Hipper Class Deck Rings

Post by frontkampfer » Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:46 pm

Thanks for responding. If anyone knows where the photo might be I'd like to see it. The thing that puzzles me most is that if you look at wartime photos, the rings appear in some photos and not in others. In some you can only see one set of rings. Obviously that would make them removable and their use conditional on whether action was likely or no longer practical.

I've included a link to a site that has cad renderings of Prinz Eugen around the time of RHEINÜBUNG. Photos #2 and #7 show them the clearest.

http://3dhistory.de/wordpress/?page_id=34
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