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by wadinga
Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 551

Re: Tsushima

Hello All, I think Korietz was actually a gunboat, not a destroyer. The story of this pre-onslaught encounter mirrors in some ways that of the USS Ward and the midget submarine pre Pearl Harbor. From Wikipedia: I believe After the Russian transport Sungari arrived at Chemulpo on 7 February 1904, rep...
by wadinga
Thu May 20, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 6994

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Hi Gflotron, There have been a number of posts over the years which might lead one to think: In the worst conditions she was a one ship wrecking machine at Barents Sea. Mostly based on the German account of a hit on the first salvo fired at HMS Achates, and a subsequent Bundesmarine study which appa...
by wadinga
Tue May 18, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 6994

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Hi Steve and all, Hipper's next Atlantic mission was much more successful, the gunnery and torpedo departments excelling themselves, at point blank range, in the slaughter of the unescorted SLS 64 convoy, on 11th-12th February, but more propulsion worries and ammunition shortage took Meisel swiftly ...
by wadinga
Sun May 16, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 6994

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Hello All, A factor in Kapitan Meisel's decision making was the chronic unreliability of Hipper's propulsion system. M J Whitley provides considerable detail in his book German Cruisers of WWII (cites Hipper KTB). After spending August 1940 in dockyard hands repairing defects accumulated on the Norw...
by wadinga
Wed May 12, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions
Replies: 3
Views: 677

Re: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions

Hi All, It is interesting to see the real time delay involved in getting messages from intelligence and reconnaissance. Force H sailed at 02:00 24th May from Gibraltar, and the message to Lutjens informing him of this is timed at 1722/24. The Luftwaffe and the War at Sea ed D Isby includes a transla...
by wadinga
Thu May 06, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 6994

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Hello RF and others, If this was an imagining thread, we could also imagine those two Swordfish sneaking in and torpedoing Hipper whilst she is busy destroying Jumna. Then the desperate staggering of the crippled heavy cruiser towards safety with the Avenging Angel of Force H sweeping up from the so...
by wadinga
Wed May 05, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940
Replies: 23
Views: 6994

Re: KMS Admiral Hipper v HMS Berwick-25th Dec.1940

Hello gflotron, As suggested the visibility was very poor and Hipper had no idea she was engaging a strongly escorted "Winston Special". Her instructions (as usual) were to avoid action against an "equal opponent". The carriers were transporting aircraft in packing cases to Takoradi. Naval-history n...
by wadinga
Sat May 01, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scharnhorst/Gneisenau’s Northern Patrol Raid Question
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: Scharnhorst/Gneisenau’s Northern Patrol Raid Question

Hi gflotron, Looking at other books on the Rawalpindi Raid, it is suggested that Marschall's greatest consideration was waiting for a forecast storm, based on a weather-ship warning. Vuillez and Mordal "Battleship Scharnhorst" say he loitered north of 65N until he was sure of heavy weather protectio...
by wadinga
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: bismark-after torpedo hit
Replies: 203
Views: 13879

Re: bismark-after torpedo hit

Hello All, Firstly, sea conditions in this photograph are what are usually nautically described as, "flat b*ll*cky calm". :cool: Here are excerpts from THE ACTION REPORT OF 5-6-7 OCTOBER 1951 SUBMITTED BY COMMANDER NEYMAN DESCRIBES THE DAMAGE: ON OCTOBER 8,AT 0615, SHIELDS LEFT THE FORMATION ON ASSI...
by wadinga
Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raumotters to the Rescue
Replies: 26
Views: 999

Re: Raumotters to the Rescue

Hello Marcelo, The Safe Working Load of the TSDS tow wire is indeed hugely over-specified. However transient loads when the ship rolls/pitches and pulls harder on the wire and especially if the wire hits a moored mine wire can be very high. We already have reliable information suggesting maybe avera...
by wadinga
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: structure on Bismarck conning tower
Replies: 11
Views: 456

Re: structure on Bismarck conning tower

Hello Hans, I suspect these flat featureless plates are merely mounting brackets for the lights, normally installed as two sets, but there appear to be no actual lights installed in Grimstadfjord. OTOH The photo quality may be inadequate to show them. Herr Nilsson's picture shows the lights installe...
by wadinga
Sun Apr 25, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: structure on Bismarck conning tower
Replies: 11
Views: 456

Re: structure on Bismarck conning tower

Hi All,

Its hard to tell but I don't think Bismarck has anything installed on the starboard side rack in the Grimstadfjord picture. Maybe they were obsolete by the time Bismarck sailed. The projecting ends presumably stop the lights from being seen from the side.

All the best

wadinga
by wadinga
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raumotters to the Rescue
Replies: 26
Views: 999

Re: Raumotters to the Rescue

Hi Marcelo, Nice piece of research. You have latched onto a very specialised paravane. The Two Speed Destroyer Sweep was a minesweeping system fitted to several classes of British fleet destroyers in the 1930s. They deployed these paravanes from special davits on their stern and also an additional c...
by wadinga
Sun Apr 25, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raumotters to the Rescue
Replies: 26
Views: 999

Re: Raumotters to the Rescue

Hi Marc, Yes I understand that once the paravane tow wires are attached at deck level they are then both taken down the wire or chain to the Bugschutzgerät point (retractable pole) and the deployed towing happens from there. Therefore they have to be deployed simultaneously. Is there any information...
by wadinga
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Raumotters to the Rescue
Replies: 26
Views: 999

Re: Raumotters to the Rescue

Hello Marcelo, In fact, most aircraft wings are symmetrical, ranging from high speed propeller driven planes to commercial jets, asymmetrical wings with flat lower surfaces are confined to the general aviation low speed planes. I go to lot of airshows and I enjoy seeing teams like the Blades flying ...