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by Byron Angel
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:21 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Very good data guys, thanks! Remains the question of how the gun´s fire was controlled, I presumed that a future position of the target was selected, the time of arrival of the target to that position computed, and at that time of arrival less the time of flight of the shells the guns were fired. I...
by Byron Angel
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Interesting sidelight to "Canopus" - I was always under the impression that the preparations for Canopus to defend Port Stanley sprang from the mind of Captain Grant. But it seems that he was carrying out explicit Admiralty orders. Following signal text excerpted from relevant Naval Staff Monograph-...
by Byron Angel
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Hi Marcelo,
Of the sources I have read regarding Canopus, most mention two 2-shot salvoes (I am assuming turret salvoes) for 4 rounds in toto; one or two sources mention five rounds discharged, but fail to elaborate as to details.

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by Byron Angel
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:58 pm
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? I doubt that CANOPUS would have succeeded in getting into action at all. Apart from raising steam, it would have been necessary to pump out the compartments of he...
by Byron Angel
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: HMS Canopus at Port Stanley

Hi Paul. Yes, the book you mentioned is Coronel and the Falklands (Bennett, Geoffrey), the practice shell ricocheted in the water short of Gneisenau and (supposedly) hit the stack, whereas the other two AP shells exploded on impact with the water. The question is if there is a German testimony supp...
by Byron Angel
Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Atlantic Fleet battles
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Atlantic Fleet battles

One of the issues that really bothers me about PC "sims" is that the underlying mechanics which are supposed to govern ship behavior and gunnery are all hidden away in a typically inaccessible "black box" of s/ware code. It is therefore difficult to understand what degree of historical research/anal...
by Byron Angel
Sat Jun 05, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: 'Friendly' fire
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: 'Friendly' fire

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/3540-meters-record-breaking-longest-confirmed-sniper-kill-178421#:~:text=ISISIraqMilitary-,3%2C540%20Meters%3A%20The%20Record%2DBreaking%20Longest%20Confirmed%20Sniper%20Kill,distance%20of%20over%203%2C540%20meters. I remember reading about this - quite a fe...
by Byron Angel
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: 'Friendly' fire
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: 'Friendly' fire

https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ref/AirGunnery/index.html At one point the manual reminds the student that the .50 cal. is lethal at 4 miles. The kill zone for the .30 cal. is considerably shorter. (And yes, four miles would not be an aimed shot. I tried that once, got probables at one mile, n...
by Byron Angel
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: 'Friendly' fire
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: 'Friendly' fire

Hi Paul, Last Monday was our Memorial Day commemoration of American war dead. Most everyone is aware of the huge losses suffered by the German U-Boat arm and British Bomber Command; not very many people appreciate the level of losses suffered by the US 8th Air Force over Europe. Go here - http://per...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: 'Friendly' fire
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: 'Friendly' fire

Good point, OpanaPointer.

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by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: World War II
Topic: 'Friendly' fire
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: 'Friendly' fire

Hi Paul, I cannot imagine that damage from friendly fire could have been avoided. The only factors that likely served to moderate "blue on blue" mayhem was that the preferred German tactic was mass attacks from dead ahead of the bomber box. Engagement time during the pass (with a combined converging...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

Here is another source worth examining - Go to Google Books and search for - "Journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers" Volume XXI 1909 - which contains several useful articles related to the naval side of the RJW. Page 27 - - - - - Russo-Japanese War, Naval Experience (*) 40 - - - - - Fir...
by Byron Angel
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

Hello Mr. Saxton, you wrote:'The Russian shooting wasn't bad, but not as good as the Japanese. Mikasa was reportedly hit 30 times at Tsushima'. I agree that Russian 3.5% hit rate was far from poor (especially in first phase of battle when it was even higher) but Japanese 14% to 9.5% was much better...
by Byron Angel
Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

ImageThank you for the article citation, Dave.

Another interesting little factoid regarding Adm Nimitz -
Early in his career he served as a naval attaché in Germany prior to US entry into WW1. In that capacity, he was present at the launching of the German battlecruiser SMS Derfflinger.

Byron
by Byron Angel
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

A couple of thoughts - ( 1 ) From what I recall reading many years ago, one of the contributing factors to the diplomatic impasse between Russia and Japan over the Manchurian question was the fact that the Russian imperial family and much of the Russian nobility had invested a good deal of money in ...