Search found 3114 matches

by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

In recent times USN personal from the USS Nimitz volunteered to repaint and do other restoration work on Mikasa while the air wing was based at Atsugi. It is kind of fitting that they were from USS Nimitz, because Admiral Nimitz himself was a leading force to preserving Mikasa during the decades fol...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

The Russian shooting wasn't bad, but not as good as the Japanese. Mikasa was reportedly hit 30 times at Tsushima. However, the shells mostly broke up against Mikasa's KC armour. One of the lessons learned from the Yellow Sea battle was the inadequacy of the munitions. It was one reason why Togo adop...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

Byron, see if this works:

Recommended Citation
Koda, Yoji (2005) "The Russo-Japanese War—Primary Causes of Japanese Success," Naval War College Review: Vol. 58 : No. 2 , Article
3.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-r ... l58/iss2/3
by Dave Saxton
Sun May 30, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

It seems to me that this became a habit of theirs! It's true that Japan planned surprise attacks in both the cases of the Russo-Japanese war and in Dec 1941. However, I don't think it was common practice. In 1894 they sent troops to Korea in response to China sending in troops in violation of treat...
by Dave Saxton
Sat May 29, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

Tsushima had large influence on further ship development (just after Yellow Sea and Tsushima battles, old pre-dreadnoughts were superceeded by dreadnoughts) and still influenced the Japanese naval strategy (and constructions) up to WWII. British officers on board Togo's ships (Japan officers were m...
by Dave Saxton
Fri May 28, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Re: Tsushima

Here's a photo tour I found of Togo's flagship the Mikasa. https://www.cnet.com/pictures/take-a-tour-of-the-114-year-old-japanese-battleship-mikasa-pictures/45/ Across the stern is Mikasa spelled in hiragana. It reads from right to left, rather than the modern convention of left to right. Usually ka...
by Dave Saxton
Thu May 27, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: The Ironclad & Pre-dreadnought Era (1860-1905)
Topic: Tsushima
Replies: 19
Views: 983

Tsushima

Today not only marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Bismarck but it is also the anniversary of the Battle of Tsushima. During 1900 Russia occupied Manchuria. This posed a dire threat to Japan because it meant that Russia could gain control of Korea and then eventually Japan. Japan tried to re...
by Dave Saxton
Wed May 12, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Escape from the Scheer?
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: Escape from the Scheer?

I was not clear on the date of this encounter from the video. Was it on the 5th? It is not mentioned in the KTB for the 5th or in the action report of the battle with HX84 authored by Krancke. The convoy was located by the Scheer's scout plane 88 nautical miles away at 13:00. This presented Krancke ...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: the Twins plus Bismarck
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

Re: 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 ...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Re: China and the Biden Administration

What has occurred and continues to occur is absolutely unacceptable . Not only is it just about a monumentally stupid policy agenda. Not only was the coup d eta unacceptable, but also the trampling of US Constitution in its wake. Unless there is free speech for all, including unpolite speech, there ...
by Dave Saxton
Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Military Conflicts Today
Topic: China and the Biden Administration
Replies: 5
Views: 633

Re: China and the Biden Administration

Don't forget Japan. The whole reason Japan was in Korea and Manchuria 100+ years ago was because what happens in Korea finds its way across the strait to Kyushu and then to Honshu. Since the war, Japan and South Korea, and Taiwan, have been protected by the US nuclear umbrella. It has brought a stab...
by Dave Saxton
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions
Replies: 3
Views: 722

Re: German Intelligence Estimates on RN BB Dispositions

Intel could use three basic tools to retain a fairly good picture of enemy dispositions, especially of major warships; not including the cloak and dagger, and the femme fatale, stuff. 1) Direct observation. 2) Air reconnaissance. 3) Signal Intel. First, direct observation would be a standard practic...
by Dave Saxton
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Vanguard and Bismarck
Replies: 88
Views: 34244

Re: Vanguard and Bismarck

Gentlemen, Re backing plates, when the Germans designed their U boat pens I believe they deliberately left a space between the outside and inner reinforced concrete roof to absorb the effect of any bomb that might penetrate the upper roof, would this method give the same protection using steel plat...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 873

Re: A Force Z What If

Both PoW and Repulse had type 284 gunnery radars. In late 1941 the type 284 was not all that capable, however. It was not yet capable of blind fire being with out lobe switching, and the effective range to a battleship was still only about 20,000 yards. Perhaps 25,000 yards absolute max. However, if...
by Dave Saxton
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 873

Re: A Force Z What If

and lastly at what distance do the Japanese destroyers launch their torpedo attack. At the Battle of the Java Sea, they launched at about 15,000 yds This is a significant consideration. The Allies had no idea about the capabilities of Japanese torpedoes. Their speed and range made them far more dan...