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18th Apr '18 9:10:24 AM Herbieriffer
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!But before that/When you want get around the world in a hurry..

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!But before that/When

[[folder:If war isn't your thing, consider these cool civilian vessels...]]
!When
you want get around the world in a hurry..
18th Apr '18 9:09:10 AM Herbieriffer
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[[folder:When men and women sailed the seas, using literal sails, there was still cool. These are examples of Epic Sails...]]

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[[folder:When men and women sailed [[folder:From the seas, using literal sails, there was still cool. These are examples of Epic Sails...beginning, Sails were the coolest way to harness the winds...]]



[[folder:When steam came along, ships became cooler (and hotter)...]]

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[[folder:When steam came along, ships became cooler (and hotter)...[[folder:From harnessing wind to generating pressure, Steam powered the world...]]



[[folder:With guided missiles and nuclear power, we now have...]]

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[[folder:With guided missiles missles and nuclear power, we now have...a new age of war brought a new age of cool...]]



!Submarines have always been cool...

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!Submarines have always been cool...!But below the depths, lie the Submarines...



!When you are saving the whales...
* It definitely helps to have [[http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-091020-1.html a boat that you'd expect Batman to have.]]
** [[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/08/2787921.htm Until it got sunk]].
** Not to mention now forever stuck in our memories with [[NeverLiveItDown a bad paintjob,and being called the Bat-mobile]].
* Was replace with the "Gojjira" (Japanese for Godzilla). Yes, they were entertained by the Japanese radio messages of "We are being attacked by Godzilla!"
** [[ExecutiveMeddling Corporate suits]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Brigitte_Bardot#Brigitte_Bardot weren't amused, however]]. Even in-your-face anti-whaling groups that engage in activities that straddle the line of legality in their effort to stop Japanese whaling operations (which are themselves borderline legal at best, [[LoopholeAbuse obviously abusing the "research" exemption to the whaling ban]]) can't stand up to Creator/{{Toho}}'s lawyers.




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[[folder:When you're out saving the whales...]]
* It definitely helps to have [[http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-091020-1.html a boat that you'd expect Batman to have.]]
** [[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/08/2787921.htm Until it got sunk]].
** Not to mention now forever stuck in our memories with [[NeverLiveItDown a bad paintjob,and being called the Bat-mobile]].
* Was replace with the "Gojjira" (Japanese for Godzilla). Yes, they were entertained by the Japanese radio messages of "We are being attacked by Godzilla!"
** [[ExecutiveMeddling Corporate suits]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Brigitte_Bardot#Brigitte_Bardot weren't amused, however]]. Even in-your-face anti-whaling groups that engage in activities that straddle the line of legality in their effort to stop Japanese whaling operations (which are themselves borderline legal at best, [[LoopholeAbuse obviously abusing the "research" exemption to the whaling ban]]) can't stand up to Creator/{{Toho}}'s lawyers.

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17th Mar '18 5:16:52 AM YoshimitsuMaster
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* The German battleships ''Bismarck'' and ''Tirpitz'' deserve a mention, too. Although not quite as big as ''Yamato'', they were still larger and more heavily armed than nearly any Allied ship and terrorised the north Atlantic. After ''Bismarck'' was destroyed in battle against several British warships, ''Tirpitz'' retreated to a naval base in Norway, but she still scared the [[strike:Allies]] British enough for them to stage an epic commando raid denying her access to a dry dock in France, and later a massive air raid in order to sink her; they succeeded, after hitting her with a dozen bombs so large that the craters left by a pair of misses today serve as ''artificial lakes''.
** On the other hand, an entire fleet of submarines could have been built with the resources for just one of those ships...
** They were a flawed design though, their 3 shafts gave less manoeuvrability than the 4 employed by all the other navies of the time, and the central shaft weakened the rear keel where it ran through it (in actual fact it was weak enough that the Bismarck's aft separated on the way down), and their armor scheme was badly outdated.
** ''Bismarck'' stands out in memory for performing the feat of blowing up Britain's favorite battlecruiser, HMS ''Hood'', almost before the battle had really started (luck played its part there, to be sure, and if a planned refit had been carried out ''Hood'' would've probably been able to give ''Bismarck'' a good fight[[note]]her deck armor would've been beefed up, and the poorly-protected ammunition magazine that ''Bismarck'' blew up to sink her would've no longer existed[[/note]], but still) and for her own arguably heroic last stand against an overwhelming force only days afterwards -- both on her very first actual mission. I'd like to draw a direct parallel to the ''Titanic'', which is likewise remembered first and foremost for that tragic encounter with the iceberg on her maiden voyage...I think the fate of both ships captured the public imagination in a similar fashion. How well either might have done in practice if their respective careers ''had'' lasted longer doesn't really affect the myths built around them anymore.
** The ''Bismarck'' is an aversion of this when looked at in context. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, ''Bismarck'' sank ''Hood'' - a vessel laid down in 1916 and whose three sisters were cancelled for being obsolete - due to a lucky shot and drove off ''Prince of Wales'', a battleship with numerous teething issues that hadn't even finished shakedown (Despite this, it still managed to land two relatively important hits on ''Bismarck'', creating a fuel leak and damaging a boiler. Also, it is highly unlikely that ''Bismarck'' could have actually managed to sink ''Prince of Wales''.) Then, ''Bismarck'' proceeded to have its rudder crippled (In no small part caused by its impractical three-screw arrangement) by an outdated biplane thanks to having possibly one of the worst anti-aircraft suites of the war. Now stuck circling, ''Bismarck'' was up against a large British task force... sort of. Of the ships in the task force, the cruisers and destroyers held back until the very end of the battle as was standard procedure, leaving the battleships HMS ''King George V'' and HMS ''Rodney'' to actually engage ''Bismarck''. ''King George V'', however, was mostly ineffectual for the same reasons as ''Prince of Wales'', leaving the duel between the 20-year-old ''Rodney'' and admittedly handicapped ''Bismarck.'' The result? ''Rodney'' rendered ''Bismarck'' combat-ineffective within 40 minutes, at the closer ranges ''Bismarck'' was designed to fight at no less, allowing the other Royal Navy ships to close in and force the ''Bismarck'''s crew to scuttle. ''Bismarck'' sank to the bottom of the ocean having taken an obsolete fast battleship and none of its intended targets - merchant ships - with it.

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* The German battleships ''Bismarck'' and ''Tirpitz'' deserve a mention, too. Although not quite as big as ''Yamato'', they were still larger and more heavily armed than nearly any Allied ship and terrorised (both of the north Atlantic. After ''Bismarck'' was destroyed in battle against several British warships, ''Tirpitz'' retreated to a naval base in Norway, but she still same class, with Bismarck being the lead ship). They single-handedly scared the [[strike:Allies]] crap out of the British. It took ''an entire British enough for them to stage an epic commando raid denying her access to a dry dock in France, fleet'' and later a massive air raid in order carrier-based aircraft to corner and sink her; Bismarck, and they succeeded, after hitting her with a dozen bombs so large that the craters left by a pair of misses today serve as ''artificial lakes''.
** On the other hand, an entire fleet of submarines could have been built with the resources for just one of those ships...
** They were a flawed design though, their 3 shafts gave less manoeuvrability than the 4 employed by all the other navies of the time, and the central shaft weakened the rear keel where it ran through it (in actual fact it was weak enough that the Bismarck's aft separated on the way down), and their armor scheme was badly outdated.
** ''Bismarck'' stands out in memory for performing the feat of blowing up Britain's favorite battlecruiser, HMS ''Hood'', almost before the battle had really started (luck played its part there, to be sure, and if a planned refit had been carried out ''Hood'' would've probably been able to give ''Bismarck'' a good fight[[note]]her deck armor would've been beefed up, and the poorly-protected ammunition magazine that ''Bismarck'' blew up to sink her would've no longer existed[[/note]], but still) and for her own arguably heroic last stand against an overwhelming force only days afterwards -- both on her very first actual mission. I'd like to draw a direct parallel
even went to the ''Titanic'', which is likewise remembered first and foremost for that tragic encounter with the iceberg on her maiden voyage...I think the fate trouble of both ships captured the public imagination in staging a similar fashion. How well either might have done in practice if their respective careers ''had'' lasted longer doesn't really affect the myths built around them anymore.
** The ''Bismarck'' is an aversion of this when looked at in context. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, ''Bismarck'' sank ''Hood'' - a vessel laid down in 1916 and whose three sisters were cancelled for being obsolete - due to a lucky shot and drove off ''Prince of Wales'', a battleship with numerous teething issues that hadn't even finished shakedown (Despite this, it still managed to land two relatively important hits on ''Bismarck'', creating a fuel leak and damaging a boiler. Also, it is highly unlikely that ''Bismarck'' could have actually managed to sink ''Prince of Wales''.) Then, ''Bismarck'' proceeded to have its rudder crippled (In no small part caused by its impractical three-screw arrangement) by an outdated biplane thanks to having possibly one of the worst anti-aircraft suites of the war. Now stuck circling, ''Bismarck'' was up against a large British task force... sort of. Of the ships in the task force, the cruisers and destroyers held back until the very end of the battle as was standard procedure, leaving the battleships HMS ''King George V'' and HMS ''Rodney'' to actually engage ''Bismarck''. ''King George V'', however, was mostly ineffectual for the same reasons as ''Prince of Wales'', leaving the duel between the 20-year-old ''Rodney'' and admittedly handicapped ''Bismarck.'' The result? ''Rodney'' rendered ''Bismarck'' combat-ineffective within 40 minutes, at the closer ranges ''Bismarck'' was designed to fight at no less, allowing the other Royal Navy ships to close in and force the ''Bismarck'''s crew to scuttle. ''Bismarck'' sank to the bottom of the ocean having taken
one-way raid using an obsolete fast battleship and none of its intended targets - merchant ships - destroyer packed with it. explosives to blow up a French drydock capable of holding Tirpitz for repairs, and when Tirpitz was relocated to a Norwegian fjord, the British went even further in staging at least ''nine'' raids using Lancaster heavy bombers carrying 11000 pound "Tallboy" bombs; so large their explosions ''made artifical lakes'', finally succeeding on the 9th attempt.



*** Fun fact about the Iowa's 16" cannons. They were designed to fire a special "Super-heavy" shell that weighed nearly half again as heavy as regular 16" shells, giving it ''immense'' armor-penetrating capabilities.

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*** Fun fact about the Iowa's 16" cannons. cannons: They were designed to fire a special "Super-heavy" shell that weighed nearly half again 1.5x as heavy as regular 16" shells, giving it ''immense'' armor-penetrating capabilities.



*** Couple of points to clarify. Fire control systems that enabled ships to simultaneously fire and manoeuvre had been fitted to ships since before UsefulNotes/WW1 - e.g. the Dreyer table. Most navies used a combination of face-hardened (for vertical surfaces such as belts and turret faces where shells would impact pretty much square on) and homogenous (for horizontal surfaces such as decks and turret roofs) armours on their battleships. The reason that USN battleships of this period used exclusively homogenous armour was that, due to the way it was manufactured, US face-hardened armour was VERY GOOD in thicknesses up to about 8", but much less effective in thicknesses greater than that, i.e. the kind of thicknesses you would use on the belt and turret faces of your pimping new battlewagon. So US designers decided to just use exclusively homogenous armour. See Bill Jurens' and Nathan Okun's work on this for more details.

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*** Couple of points to clarify. Fire ***Fire control systems that enabled ships to simultaneously fire and manoeuvre had been fitted to ships since before UsefulNotes/WW1 - e.g. the Dreyer table. Most navies used a combination of face-hardened (for vertical surfaces such as belts and turret faces where shells would impact pretty much square on) and homogenous (for horizontal surfaces such as decks and turret roofs) armours on their battleships. The reason that USN battleships of this period used exclusively homogenous armour was that, due to the way it was manufactured, US face-hardened armour was VERY GOOD ''excellent'' in thicknesses up to about 8", but much less effective in thicknesses greater than that, i.e. the kind of thicknesses you would use on the belt and turret faces of your pimping new battlewagon. So US designers decided to just use exclusively homogenous armour. See Bill Jurens' and Nathan Okun's work on this for more details.



*** Also of the four, the ''Missouri'' or as it's known "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Mighty Mo]]" or "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Big Mo]]" actually saw use in the 21st century. In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the ship used to portray the ''Missouri'' is the actual ''Missouri'', which is a real life museum and, prior to filming, had not sailed in over a decade. The reactivation we see onscreen is her actual reactivation and first voyage in years, crewed entirely by actual veterans.[[note]]Except that it's been stated that the shots were actually captured with the help of three tugboats.[[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/05/21/battleship_movie_and_the_u_s_s_missouri_is_the_u_s_s_missouri_really_still_seaworthy_.html]][[/note]]

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*** Also of the four, the ''Missouri'' or as it's known "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Mighty Mo]]" or "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Big Mo]]" actually saw use in the 21st century. In ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', the ship used to portray the ''Missouri'' is the actual '''actual''' ''Missouri'', which is a real life museum and, prior to filming, had not sailed in over a decade. The reactivation we see onscreen is her actual reactivation and first voyage in years, crewed entirely by actual veterans.[[note]]Except that it's been stated that the shots were actually captured with the help of three tugboats.[[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/05/21/battleship_movie_and_the_u_s_s_missouri_is_the_u_s_s_missouri_really_still_seaworthy_.html]][[/note]]



** To put the size of the SS Great Eastern - and how far ahead of her time she was - into perspective: she displaced about as much as a large WWI-era battleship, was about 40' longer than the HMS Queen Elisabeth, and designed to sail from the British Isles to Australia without refueling ... using 1850s technology.

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** To put the size of the SS Great Eastern - and how far ahead of her time she was - into perspective: she displaced about as much as a large WWI-era battleship, was about 40' longer than the HMS Queen Elisabeth, Elizabeth, and designed to sail from the British Isles to Australia without refueling ... using 1850s technology.
19th Feb '18 8:35:58 PM kouta
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*** If the USS Moniter had been allowed to use full powder charges and explosive shells the CSS Virginia would have lost. It was a draw.
9th Jan '18 5:34:34 PM costanton11
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** The Deep Submergence Vehicle ''Alvin'', famous for finding a lost hydrogen bomb off Palomares, Spain, surviving a swordfish attack, exploring the wreck of the RMSTitanic and discovering new lifeforms at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. And thanks to tune-ups and upgrades, it's still diving more than a half century after its debut.

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** The Deep Submergence Vehicle ''Alvin'', famous for finding a lost hydrogen bomb off Palomares, Spain, surviving a swordfish attack, exploring the wreck of the RMSTitanic UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic and discovering new lifeforms at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. And thanks to tune-ups and upgrades, it's still diving more than a half century after its debut.
6th Jan '18 5:36:44 PM nombretomado
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** ''Mir'' 1 and 2, Alvin's Russian cousins, used by JamesCameron to film the underwater scenes in ''Titanic'' and ''Ghosts of the Abyss'', and famous for their work under the Arctic.

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** ''Mir'' 1 and 2, Alvin's Russian cousins, used by JamesCameron Creator/JamesCameron to film the underwater scenes in ''Titanic'' and ''Ghosts of the Abyss'', and famous for their work under the Arctic.
27th Nov '17 6:18:57 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Shōkaku''-class aircraft carriers were the best carriers of the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Navy]], and arguably the best carriers in the world when the war started, with speed that was unmatched and a large air complement of what was then [[CoolPlane the most advanced carrier aircraft]] in the world. They were part of the strike force that [[DawnAttack assaulted Pearl Harbor]] and began the Pacific War, and after the [[CurbStompBattle disastrous Battle of Midway]] which saw 4 of the IJN's six fleet carriers sunk, they became to crux of Japan's naval air strength for the rest of the war until the IJN's carrier force was wiped out in 1944.

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* The ''Shōkaku''-class aircraft carriers were the best carriers of the [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Navy]], and arguably the best carriers in the world when the war started, with speed that was unmatched and a large air complement of what was then [[CoolPlane the most advanced carrier aircraft]] in the world. They were part of the strike force that [[DawnAttack assaulted Pearl Harbor]] and began the Pacific War, and after the [[CurbStompBattle disastrous Battle of Midway]] which saw 4 of the IJN's six fleet carriers sunk, they became to crux of Japan's naval air strength for the rest of the war until the IJN's carrier force was wiped out in 1944.



* The I-400 series of submarines of late-war [[KatanasoftheRisingSun Imperial Japan]] were the largest submarines until the decades-later Soviet Typhoons. Each had a rated underwater speed of 12 knots when the average for [=WW2=] subs was 10, could circumnavigate the globe nearly one and a half times on one tank of gas and were intended to knock out the Panama Canal and other strategic East Pacific targets had the war not ended when it did. What truly sets the I-400 class apart from every submarine before or since was its capability to launch and recover the 3 float planes stored in its hangar. Making it more like an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot underwater-capable submarine-shaped escort carrier]] with 8 torpedo tubes. Or as it was eventually intended to use them, a [[SuicideAttack submarine-shaped kamikaze carrier]]. Up to 17 were planned, with only I-400, I-401 and I-402 being completed. 400 and 401 were captured by the US after the Japanese surrender and sunk as practice targets, while 402 was converted to a tanker submarine in June 1945 before being sunk post-war for target practice like her sisters.

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* The I-400 series of submarines of late-war [[KatanasoftheRisingSun [[UsefulNotes/KatanasoftheRisingSun Imperial Japan]] were the largest submarines until the decades-later Soviet Typhoons. Each had a rated underwater speed of 12 knots when the average for [=WW2=] subs was 10, could circumnavigate the globe nearly one and a half times on one tank of gas and were intended to knock out the Panama Canal and other strategic East Pacific targets had the war not ended when it did. What truly sets the I-400 class apart from every submarine before or since was its capability to launch and recover the 3 float planes stored in its hangar. Making it more like an [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot underwater-capable submarine-shaped escort carrier]] with 8 torpedo tubes. Or as it was eventually intended to use them, a [[SuicideAttack submarine-shaped kamikaze carrier]]. Up to 17 were planned, with only I-400, I-401 and I-402 being completed. 400 and 401 were captured by the US after the Japanese surrender and sunk as practice targets, while 402 was converted to a tanker submarine in June 1945 before being sunk post-war for target practice like her sisters.
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26th Sep '17 7:02:34 PM Peteman
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** The ''Bismarck'' is actually a pretty hard aversion of this when looked at in context. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, ''Bismarck'' sank ''Hood'' - a vessel laid down in 1916 and whose three sisters were cancelled for being obsolete - due to a lucky shot and drove off ''Prince of Wales'', a battleship with numerous teething issues that hadn't even finished shakedown (Despite this, it still managed to land two relatively important hits on ''Bismarck'', creating a fuel leak and damaging a boiler. Also, it is highly unlikely that ''Bismarck'' could have actually managed to sink ''Prince of Wales''.) Then, ''Bismarck'' proceeded to have its rudder crippled (In no small part caused by its impractical three-screw arrangement) by an outdated biplane thanks to having possibly one of the worst anti-aircraft suites of the war. Now stuck circling, ''Bismarck'' was up against a large British task force... sort of. Of the ships in the task force, the cruisers and destroyers held back until the very end of the battle as was standard procedure, leaving the battleships HMS ''King George V'' and HMS ''Rodney'' to actually engage ''Bismarck''. ''King George V'', however, was mostly ineffectual for the same reasons as ''Prince of Wales'', leaving the duel between the 20-year-old ''Rodney'' and admittedly handicapped ''Bismarck.'' The result? ''Rodney'' rendered ''Bismarck'' combat-ineffective within 40 minutes, at the closer ranges ''Bismarck'' was designed to fight at no less, allowing the other Royal Navy ships to close in and force the ''Bismarck'''s crew to scuttle. ''Bismarck'' sank to the bottom of the ocean having taken an obsolete fast battleship and none of its intended targets - merchant ships - with it.

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** The ''Bismarck'' is actually a pretty hard an aversion of this when looked at in context. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, ''Bismarck'' sank ''Hood'' - a vessel laid down in 1916 and whose three sisters were cancelled for being obsolete - due to a lucky shot and drove off ''Prince of Wales'', a battleship with numerous teething issues that hadn't even finished shakedown (Despite this, it still managed to land two relatively important hits on ''Bismarck'', creating a fuel leak and damaging a boiler. Also, it is highly unlikely that ''Bismarck'' could have actually managed to sink ''Prince of Wales''.) Then, ''Bismarck'' proceeded to have its rudder crippled (In no small part caused by its impractical three-screw arrangement) by an outdated biplane thanks to having possibly one of the worst anti-aircraft suites of the war. Now stuck circling, ''Bismarck'' was up against a large British task force... sort of. Of the ships in the task force, the cruisers and destroyers held back until the very end of the battle as was standard procedure, leaving the battleships HMS ''King George V'' and HMS ''Rodney'' to actually engage ''Bismarck''. ''King George V'', however, was mostly ineffectual for the same reasons as ''Prince of Wales'', leaving the duel between the 20-year-old ''Rodney'' and admittedly handicapped ''Bismarck.'' The result? ''Rodney'' rendered ''Bismarck'' combat-ineffective within 40 minutes, at the closer ranges ''Bismarck'' was designed to fight at no less, allowing the other Royal Navy ships to close in and force the ''Bismarck'''s crew to scuttle. ''Bismarck'' sank to the bottom of the ocean having taken an obsolete fast battleship and none of its intended targets - merchant ships - with it.
21st Sep '17 7:30:03 PM TheD3rp
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** A favorite pastime of forum posters is to weave plenty of scenarios around which was "stronger" or "hardier" or "better armed" and could have done better: ''Bismarck'' vs ''Hood'', ''Bismarck'' vs ''Prince of Wales'' and so on. Actually, judging with a cool head, ''Bismarck performed brilliantly her job as a battleship''. She engaged two enemies at once, as per given orders, to engage combat only when absolutely needed. Then scored while all 3 ships were trying to outmanoeuver each other at 28 knots, a hard job even for modern age guided ammo. Then blew up HMS ''Hood'', her equal, and almost crippled ''Prince of Wales''. Which is exactly what 50,000-ton battleships are supposed to do. She did not fail due to torpedoes or shell hits, she failed due to awful strategy. Admiral Lütjens did not fully fuel the ship when needed, did not finish off ''Prince of Wales'' despite [[JustFollowingOrders the standing orders]] [[SubvertedTrope having left this window of opportunity]] and did not abort the Atlantic raiding mission immediately after the ship was hit. [[RuleOfThree Three absurd strategic decisions piled up upon each other]]. They were the reasons ''Bismarck'' got caught, torpedoed, crippled and finally sunk. Otherwise she could have escaped with 2 sunk capital ships, an outstanding success. People usually can't believe a talented and experienced officer could have killed himself and his crew due to a stupid decision, they search and nitpick for some hidden fault in the ship's construction, guns or machinery to blame.
---> ''If now these British cruisers are maintaining contact and Lütjens has sunk the Hood and nearly crippled the other, which was brand new and having trouble with her guns during the action, why didn't he sink her too? Why hasn't he tried to get out of there or why hasn't he turned around?'' - '''[[AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]]''', May 24, 1941

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** A favorite pastime of forum posters is to weave plenty of scenarios around which was "stronger" or "hardier" or "better armed" and could have done better: The ''Bismarck'' vs ''Hood'', is actually a pretty hard aversion of this when looked at in context. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, ''Bismarck'' vs ''Prince of Wales'' sank ''Hood'' - a vessel laid down in 1916 and so on. Actually, judging with a cool head, ''Bismarck performed brilliantly her job as a battleship''. She engaged two enemies at once, as per given orders, to engage combat only when absolutely needed. Then scored while all 3 ships whose three sisters were trying to outmanoeuver each other at 28 knots, a hard job even cancelled for modern age guided ammo. Then blew up HMS ''Hood'', her equal, and almost crippled ''Prince of Wales''. Which is exactly what 50,000-ton battleships are supposed to do. She did not fail being obsolete - due to torpedoes or shell hits, she failed due to awful strategy. Admiral Lütjens did not fully fuel the ship when needed, did not finish a lucky shot and drove off ''Prince of Wales'' despite [[JustFollowingOrders the standing orders]] [[SubvertedTrope having left this window of opportunity]] Wales'', a battleship with numerous teething issues that hadn't even finished shakedown (Despite this, it still managed to land two relatively important hits on ''Bismarck'', creating a fuel leak and did not abort the Atlantic raiding mission immediately after the ship was hit. [[RuleOfThree Three absurd strategic decisions piled up upon each other]]. They were the reasons damaging a boiler. Also, it is highly unlikely that ''Bismarck'' got caught, torpedoed, crippled and finally sunk. Otherwise she could have escaped with 2 sunk capital ships, an outstanding success. People usually can't believe a talented and experienced officer could actually managed to sink ''Prince of Wales''.) Then, ''Bismarck'' proceeded to have killed himself and his crew due its rudder crippled (In no small part caused by its impractical three-screw arrangement) by an outdated biplane thanks to a stupid decision, they search and nitpick for some hidden fault in having possibly one of the ship's construction, guns or machinery to blame.
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worst anti-aircraft suites of the war. Now stuck circling, ''Bismarck'' was up against a large British task force... sort of. Of the ships in the task force, the cruisers are maintaining contact and Lütjens has sunk destroyers held back until the Hood very end of the battle as was standard procedure, leaving the battleships HMS ''King George V'' and nearly crippled HMS ''Rodney'' to actually engage ''Bismarck''. ''King George V'', however, was mostly ineffectual for the other, which same reasons as ''Prince of Wales'', leaving the duel between the 20-year-old ''Rodney'' and admittedly handicapped ''Bismarck.'' The result? ''Rodney'' rendered ''Bismarck'' combat-ineffective within 40 minutes, at the closer ranges ''Bismarck'' was brand new designed to fight at no less, allowing the other Royal Navy ships to close in and force the ''Bismarck'''s crew to scuttle. ''Bismarck'' sank to the bottom of the ocean having trouble taken an obsolete fast battleship and none of its intended targets - merchant ships - with her guns during the action, why didn't he sink her too? Why hasn't he tried to get out of there or why hasn't he turned around?'' - '''[[AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]]''', May 24, 1941it.
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