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by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?

Hi Dunmunro Thanks for your detailed reply, one thing that still puzzles me is that if shells were not designed to go off under a low impact, what caused the explosions when some ships rolled over? It surely couldn't be the cordite as this required something to ignite it, and bearing in mind the num...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?

Thanks Paul,
I think that all of the comments made here puts the second explosion theory to bed once and for all.
by paul.mercer
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?

Thanks (as always) Wadinga and Bill for your replies. Looking at it from the points that you both have made it would seem that Mr Mearns theories are at best incorrect or perhaps out-rightly misleading. However it is interesting to see how some ships exploded as they rolled over while others did not...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Sinking of the Hood- did all the magazines explode?

Gentlemen, My apologies for reopening a couple of old subjects, I was watching a series on TV the other day called 'The worlds greatest shipwrecks' subtitled 'History beneath the waves' which dealt with the demise of the battleship in favour of the carrier. In one thread we discussed why some ships ...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Gentlemen,
Just a thought, if Canopus had been able to raise enough steam get out, how would she have fared against the German squadron?
by paul.mercer
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Gentlemen,
I believe the story of the loading of a practice shell on Canopus was mentioned in Coronel and the Falklands book, I would have thought that firing 12" shells whilst still in port would have rattled a few windows there!
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 17, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: New Book on WWII Convoy Surface Battles?
Replies: 1
Views: 85

Re: New Book on WWII Convoy Surface Battles?

Hi Gflotron, Had a look on Amazon, as you are no doubt aware there are several books that have been published on German surface raiders, but the only new one I could find was called 'Convoy Battles' by Axel Niestle published in May this year and seems to deal mainly with U boat attacks. Mr Niestle o...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee V Renown
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Graf Spey V Renown

I believe that one of the rumours spread around by the British was that one of the ships waiting outside the harbour was HMS Renown, this may have been one of the things that influenced Capt Langsdorff to scuttle AGS. If this is true then he must have realised that his ship was no match for the Reno...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 14, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Hi Marcelo, I read somewhere ia book (I think it was called Coronrel and the Falklands) that the old pre- dreadnought battleship 'Canopus' did indeed fire on the German ships and hit one of them but the gun had apparently been loaded with a practice shell which carried no explosive so did not do too...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee V Renown
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Graf Spee V Renown

Gentlemen, I have looked back at the Hypothetical threads as far as 2008 but I don't think we have discussed this one before, so perhaps it has not been mentioned. In the 'Atlantic Fleet battles' simulations one scenario has AGS sinking Renown and in another one of our contributors had AGS beating R...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: Maus tank
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Maus tank

Gentlemen, Watched a documentary which mentioned the 'Maus' tank and having looked up the specifications on 'Google' it seems to me that it was almost a battleship on tracks weighing in at around 180 tons with massive armour and mounting a 125mm cannon, but dreadfully slow and far too heavy for most...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 03, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee comes out
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Graf Spee comes out

Hi Thorsten,
Thanks for your reply, but to which side are you referring?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 01, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Graf Spee comes out
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Graf Spee comes out

Gentlemen, I have looked back at the 'Hypothetical' section of our Forum, and while there are scenarios about AGS V Cumberland one on one, I could not find any reference to what might happen if AGS had decided to come out and fight. I imagine it would probably been a fairly close range encounter due...
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 27, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: RN name new subs
Replies: 0
Views: 68

RN name new subs

Gentlemen,
Its nice to see that the RN will be naming two of their nuclear subs Warspite and Valiant, these, together with the carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales make it sound just like old times!
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 25, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Atlantic Fleet battles
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Atlantic Fleet battles

Thanks Bill and Byron, these simulations are quite fun to play, it seems that the shooting of poor old RN is always awful as in the Bismarck blowing up and sinking PoW and KGV and only hitting Bismark with one or two shells of their own I have to say that in the AGS/Renown battle I would put my mone...