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Thursday, 7 July 2022

Bathtub Battles

I had some Lego when I was a little fella… but nothing like this!


This is actually a fairly good recounting of events. Back when the Brits had balls, nothing scared them. All the Bismarck did, when it sunk the Hood - was seal its own fate. The Brits were going to sink that monster come hell or high water. This naval duel was going to end only one way, and that was that for that!

The big battleships are largely a thing of the past… although I heard that one was brought out of retirement, fitted with cruise missiles and Phalanx machine guns… and they used it to pound the shit out of Iraq in Gulf War 1. Was it the Iowa? I think they are restoring the Texas as some kind of museum exhibit too. 

I am glad the little ones remember these battles and take an interest in history. So many of them are getting pozzed versions of history and are taught that it is something that can be revised if they don’t like it. 



I guess Johnny got this one wrong too. The story I have is that the torpedo planes crippled the ship and the fleet closed in to finish it off - as per the cartoon. 

Think I’ll spin up Netflix and see what they have for documentaries. JewTube has some great naval yarns on the World Of Warships channel. 

Errrr … some are better than others…😉👍




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    1. The USS Missouri (BB-63) played as well.

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  2. Victory At Sea is on YouTube.

    Also, this is an interesting Wiki page about battlewagons in WWII: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battleships_of_World_War_II#:~:text=List%20of%20battleships%20of%20World%20War%20II%20,1%20November%201951%20%2013%20more%20rows%20

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  3. All four Iowa class battleships were recommissioned during the 80's for Reagan's 600 ship Navy. They were all upgraded to carry cruise missiles and modern shipboard defensive systems such as Phalanx. Several played a part in Gulf War I. The Iowa herself suffered a turret explosion in 89 and was decommissioned then. The other three were decommissioned - probably for the final time - in the early 90's.

    All four of the Iowa class are now museum ships - USS Iowa in Los Angeles, USS New Jersey in Camden (...across from Philly.), USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor Hawaii, and USS Wisconsin in Norfolk.

    There are also several other battleship museums from older classes. USS Massachusetts is in Fall River MA, USS Alabama is in Mobile AL, and my favorite - USS North Carolina is in Wilmington NC. The oldest battleship museum is USS Texas in San Jacinto near Houston TX. USS Texas is currently undergoing dry-docking and restoration work.

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    1. I think the USS Olympia (Spanish War, 1898) in Philly is the oldest. It's across the river from the USS NJ.

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  4. The movie "Sink the Bismarck!", a 1960 British war film, in my opinion is the best movie about the hunt and sinking of the Bismark. Unlike Hollywood, they got nearly all of the details correct - right down to the turret and gun arrangements on HMS Rodney and HMS King George V. They even got the sleeve stripes correct for both RN and RNR "Wavy Navy" officers. (The LEGO version got the turret and gun arrangements correct also.)

    I remember back in 1989 when Robert Ballard found the wreck of the Bismark. I was working a job with a couple of colleagues - Gunter, who was from Erlangen Germany, and Jimmy from Oxford England. Ballard's discovery reignited the debate about whether torpedoes from HMS Dorsettshire had sunk the Bismark, or did the crew scuttle her before abandoning ship. Gunter was going on and on about it and wouldn't let it rest until Jimmy finally piped up with: "The important thing, mate, is she's on the bottom."

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  5. I had read somewhere that Bismarck took a hit aft and that not only did she lose steerageway, but her main prop shaft disconnected and slid out the back end of the ship, creating insurmountable flooding.

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  6. You would have thought that after Taranto and the sinking of the Bismarck that the Brits would not have sent the Repulse and Prince of Wales to Singapore. I guess they thought the Japanese didn't have good pilots.

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  7. That was better than anything Hollyweird and/or marvel studios has released in the last 20 years! I wss riveted!

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  8. I wonder how many hours it took to get fifteen seconds of that done. That is amazing. And apparently someone had to do research to make the ship and guns and all be accurate. Helluva fine piece of work.

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  9. https://jalopnik.com/battleships-pulled-off-the-biggest-ruse-of-operation-de-1754104974

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