Battle of the Battleships - Page 4




View Poll Results :Which Battleship would you like to have been on in a battle?
New Jersey (Iowa etc) 22 37.93%
Hood 1 1.72%
Graf Spee 0 0%
Vanguard 0 0%
Texas 2 3.45%
Bismarck/Tirpitz 9 15.52%
King George V (Anson etc) 1 1.72%
Yamato (big mf) 18 31.03%
Nelson/Rodney 1 1.72%
Original Dreadnought 4 6.90%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

 
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October 13th, 2004  
Patriot_1989tobeyond
 
The Bismark all the way.
October 20th, 2004  
redcoat
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by godofthunder9010
Also, the Bismarck got kinda lucky will killing the Hood that fast. But damn was that thing hard to sink!! Fact is, the Germans scuttled it.
By the time the Germans scuttled it, it had long ceased being a battleship, it was just a floating scrap-yard.
The major reason British fire in itself didn't sink it, was that the RN battleships quickly closed to close range, so the Bismarck was not subjected to a lot of long range plunging fire. Nearly all the shells hit at a shallow angle and didn't cause any damage below the water-line, but reduced the upperworks to scrap
November 13th, 2004  
ltdave
 
i guess i would have to go with the Iowa class since its on the list, but i like the South Dakota class (BB57-BB60 S.D., Indiana, Alabama and Massachussetts)...

they ran 27kts, weighed in at 35,000 tons, had 9 16"/45 main battery.

they were all commissioned by the end of 42 so they did alot of work until the Iowa came on board...

Massachussetts fired the last 16" shells of WWII...


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November 13th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by redcoat
Quote:
Originally Posted by godofthunder9010
Also, the Bismarck got kinda lucky will killing the Hood that fast. But damn was that thing hard to sink!! Fact is, the Germans scuttled it.
By the time the Germans scuttled it, it had long ceased being a battleship, it was just a floating scrap-yard.
The major reason British fire in itself didn't sink it, was that the RN battleships quickly closed to close range, so the Bismarck was not subjected to a lot of long range plunging fire. Nearly all the shells hit at a shallow angle and didn't cause any damage below the water-line, but reduced the upperworks to scrap
all of these are good points but if you read on the history of the battle, you'll find that the british cruiser Dorshetshire actually gave the Bizmark its Coup De Grace with a spread of torpedos. it did hurry the process along quite nicely.

http://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarc...nalbattle.html

In the timeline, 20 minutes after the detonation of the explosives..Dorshetshire fires the first set of torpedoes and a few minutes late fires a last. Im not saying that left to herself, the Bizmark would not have gon down. But it is this ship that is often given the final credit for the Bizmarks demise.

For those that are interested..the last pre 1914 classified as an actually Dreadnaught class battleship still in existance that is acknowledged as such is the USS Texas. She is moored as a permanent memorial at the San Jacinto battlefied in Houston texas.
May 4th, 2006  
Charge 7
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
Iowa class battleship. Most of the others are fish farms now.
I'm with 03 on this one. They're all fish farms except the Iowas and USS Texas. The Texas did contribute a great deal though in WWII and to some extent in WWI when it sailed with the Brits. Still, if I was on an Iowa my chances of coming home would be the best.
May 4th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
I agree with Charge 7 & 03USMC.
May 5th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
Each generation brought newer and better Battleships, so you can only really compare those of similar age. When the Dreadnought first came out there was nothing to touch her. 50 years on and it would not have stood a chance against a more modern ship with radar controlled guns with a greater range.
May 5th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 
What category USS Missouri falls in?
May 5th, 2006  
mmarsh
 
 
Phoenix

USS Missouri is an Iowa class Battleship. (USS. New Jersey, USS. Iowa, USS. Missouri and USS. Wisconsin).
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Back to Question. I going to disagree with 03; Tomtom and PJ24

I'm going to say the IJN Yamato. It had the biggests guns (18.1 in) and thinkest armor of all WWII Battleships and she was only 5 knots slower than the Iowa class (27 vs 32). She was one of the few Japanese ships to have fire control rader (although it was not as good as its American counterpart, her only real weakness).

Since I know somebody will ask "if she go great why is she at the bottom of the Phillippean sea"? The answer is she was stupidly sacrificed by the Japanese Admirality and was sunk by aircraft while having no fighter protection of her own. It took 8 bombs and 10 Torpedo hits to sink her. I would point out that most WWII battleships that were sunk with roughly HALF the ordinance used to sink Yamato, a testiment to her durability.
May 5th, 2006  
Fox
 
 
I voted USS Texas. I have been on it before. It was cool.