Bismarck Battle Film Analysis

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  1. beaupower32

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    Very cool stuff thanks for sharing!
     
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    Very good stuff. Thanks much!
     
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    Nice find, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Excellent find Beau! Thank you.
     
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    Awesome find man!
     
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    Great find, BP!

    I don't recall seeing this one before...gotta love those hidden gems.

    Speaking of which, after the vid ends, there's a link to the sinking of the HMS Glorious by the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau...definately a must-see:

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CdjAvvLOFU
     
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    I know the sub and carrier are kings now, but there is something about a broadside from a battleship that is so "manly"
     
  9. GrauGeist

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    I totally agree about the broadsides and a surface slugfest...you see where the incoming long shorts were landing around the Bismark as she was throwing down the hurt?

    Completely and thoroughly badass!
     
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    Thanks fr the link!

    And I agree about the broadside!!!
     

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    I did skim the whole analysis but not in detail. Seems they didn't analyze where the sun would have been at 0600 on that date to figure out conclusively whether or not the film was reversed. With the Bismarck seeming to be backlit through the whole sequence, I would have thought it would be a slam dunk to confirm without a doubt whether she was on the port or starboard side.

    Interesting film. First time I've seen it.
     
  12. beaupower32

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    A very intresting film indeed.

    Crimea,

    I dont think the video has been reversed at all, as the way the Bismarcks guns appear to be trained to the direction the Hood and Prince of Whales was comming from, which if I remember it was East South East of Bismarck and Prinz Eugen position.

    GG, seeing the Bismarck battle it out, even in this short bit of film, is very impressive, especially as rounds are landing all around her and PE.
     
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    #13 Crimea_River, Jun 23, 2011
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    BP, I did read the conclusion:

    "The images in the battle film and associated still photographs show port quarter views of the Bismarck firing to starboard. Since the British force was always on the port side of the German squadron, the battle film and associated still photographs must have been processed in reverse.

    The battle film and associated still photographs, when properly oriented, conform to the other documentary evidence relative to the battle. The battle film supports the revised concept of the battle that envisions the Bismarck sailing in a straight line along the port side of the Prinz Eugen throughout the battle."

    It's still possible the Brit ships were still ESE of the KM ships. If the KM ships' course was ~200 degrees or so as stated in the summary, Bismark would have had to be firing to port, as the conclusion states.
     
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    Glad yall enjoyed this. The Bismarck to me has always been intresting.
     
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    missed this one, interesting stuff!
     
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    I've recently been interested in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, I've wanted to find out more.

    I agree with others that the battleship is totally badass. Since reading a book on the subject, it seems true that if you had a battleship in your arsenal, you were a force to be reckoned with, but it was like the main prize of the navy. You would be edgy about using it in battle with fear of losing it, as they were so expensive. The last British battleship was HMS Vanguard I think. Aircraft carriers are virtually the pride of the fleet now, but the awesome power of these machines is just so cool.
     
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    Interesting video BP. :thumbup:


    Wheels
     
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