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HMS Dreadnought question
Posted by Bob Wiringa on 12/30/2017, 12:15 pm
I'm gradually working my way through Oscar Parkes "British Battleships" and a question about HMS Dreadnought came to mind. Her initial secondary armament of 12pdrs for anti-torpedo boat defense was concentrated on top of her main 12in turrets. Parkes says this gave them good all-around views and arcs of fire. But how in the world did they pass ammunition up? That would seem to be a lot of men exposed and having to pass a lot of shells very quickly for these rapid-fire guns. Also, I can't imagine them being manned when the big guns are firing because of the blast effects.
The Bellerophon class compounded this problem by having 4in turret-mounted anti-torpedo boat guns. How did they do it?
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