You don't appear to have read any prior posts.Pandora wrote:it doesnt seem to me PoW held the range at all at any time. instead it seems she only got straddles by chance. what happened to salvos 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 ?dunmunro wrote:As I stated PoW did not have a functioning radar system, could not get any optical ranges and she basically had to find the range by gunfire, but when she did find it, she held it until Hood's loss.Pandora wrote:as I see the Prince of Wales was not shooting very well and was very lucky to get those 3 hits.
took 6 salvos to get the first straddle, then missed totally with 7 and 8, straddled with 9, missed again until salvo 13... and again from 14 to 18.
18 salvos = 3 straddles = 3 hits vs a ship with a steady course.
You don't get "straddles by chance" against a 28 knot target that is ~18,000 yds away. Salvos 5 to 14 were effective but without radar ranging. Shortly after salvo 13, Hood exploded forcing PoW to make a series of abrupt, evasive, turns to avoid the wreck which through off her firing solution, and then PoW had to turn to open the range, and at the same time Bismarck was also turning away, making a FC solution nearly impossible.