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by paul.mercer
Sat May 01, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hi Hans, I made a mistake, he was not an engineer but a retired sea captain by the name of Capt zur See Alfred Schulze-Hinrichs, you will find his opinion in a post on page 8 of this thread made by Wadinga on March 28th this year but originally posted by Mr Rico some years ago, you actually replied ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hi Hans, This subject is going around in circles (just like Bismarck!) If you go back to the start of the thread (and ignore all the arguments between certain gentleman who have left the Forum) you will see that the general consensus is that nothing could be done either by rigging up some sort of si...
by paul.mercer
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hi Hans, No one is saying that is impossible given the right conditions with intact rudders as in your picture, but look again at it, there is a small ship - presumably with intact props and rudder in flat calm conditions,not a 50,000 ton battleship with jammed rudders which is already partly listin...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raumotters to the Rescue
Replies: 26
Views: 810

Re: Raumotters to the Rescue

Gentlemen. Please forgive my total ignorance on this subject, your calculations are way above my understanding! I looked up paravanes on Google which gave me some idea of what they were for and got the impression that when not used for military work they were designed to be a sort of stabilizer (or ...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, I think there is another point that has been overlooked regarding trying to rig up some sort of paravane/sea anchor, and that is the whole thing would have had to be done in the dark. The final torpedo attack did not occur until after 20.30 after which (according to the Baron's book), num...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: \what is Putin up to?
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: \what is Putin up to?

Hi Steve, I do understand your point of view and am sorry that you feel unable to participate. However, this is a live situation which has the possibility of turning into something more serious, I have no doubt that some may have rather far fetched ideas on how to deal with Russia but that could eas...
by paul.mercer
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hi Hans, i think you should have another look at my last post again re trailing an anchor, as well my comment on the rather fruitless point of continually hypothesizing about the possibilities of saving the ship in the face of all the other posts regarding the impossible task of getting Bismarck hom...
by paul.mercer
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: \what is Putin up to?
Replies: 3
Views: 412

\what is Putin up to?

Gentlemen, With Russia building up a huge force on the borders of Ukraine and issuing a ban on non commercial ships entering the Black Sea are we likely to see a full scale invasion of Ukraine? It is interesting to note the President Biden appears to have ordered the withdrawal of his two ships from...
by paul.mercer
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What is Putin up to?
Replies: 0
Views: 320

What is Putin up to?

Moved to Military conflicts today
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Enigma enigmas during PQ17
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Enigma enigmas during PQ17

Gentlemen,
This is a very interesting topic although rather above my level of understanding!
Would it be fair to say that perhaps some of the information still remains 'classified' so the whole picture may never be known?
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: the Twins plus Bismarck
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: the Twins plus Bismarck

Hi HMSVF,
Yes, they certainly would if they stayed in port, but I was thinking about the three of them being at sea for some time and needing supplies.
by paul.mercer
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, I don't know what sort of weight Bismarck's anchor would be, but I would have thought that something of that size and weight dangling from the end of a chain would be almost uncontrollable and likely to be highly dangerous to the ship plunging about in a heavy sea. It is also doubtful if ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: the Twins plus Bismarck
Replies: 4
Views: 553

the Twins plus Bismarck

Gentlemen, I'm sure we may ave discussed this before somewhere, but if the Bismarck had made it back to Brest and then came out with the twins it would have caused a mighty problem for the RN. But what about the logistics of keeping three large ships at sea, with very few 'friendly' ports to go to a...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vittorio Veneto in the Atlantic
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: Vittorio Veneto in the Atlantic

An interesting situation indeed, Hitler was very nervous of sending out his own ships, but would probably be quite prepared to assist the Italians if they wanted to go out into the Atlantic on raids. I'm not sure if the Kreigsmarine actually thought very much about the fighting capabilities of the I...
by paul.mercer
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13104

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Gentlemen, I have to agree with Wadinga, we have entered the hypothetical stage of this debate, all the evidence and theories put forward suggest that Bismarck was in an impossible position and it is doubtful that even if tugs had been available whether they would have been capable of towing a 50,00...