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Re: Do not see why the Long Lance Torpedo has such a reputation.
Posted by Bruce Brotherton on April 16, 2017, 17:33:15, in reply to "Re: Do not see why the Long Lance Torpedo has such a reputation. "
The Long Lance has been deemed the best torpedo of WW II. It did have longer range and although it is true that slight deviations at long range cold result in targeting errors there were other factors. It's warhead was significantly larger than US torpedoes. Also the US torpedoes were if not the worst then pretty close to being the worst torpedoes of WW II thanks to the US Navy Bureau of Ordinance. Think what the first year of the war that the US was involved cold have been like if the US torpedoes had actually worked? To be fair it was not the fault of BuOrd that Federal money for testing was virtually no existent be for the war, but even so BuOrd refused to believe that there was anything wrong with US torpedoes and claimed that it was the fault of US Sub captains - for which shame should be heaped upon them for posterity. By and large the Japanese torpedoes did work, had been thoroughly tested and the Japanese Navy had trained themselves on how to use them.
: the advantage was nobody believed that it
: So surprise at a range and speed was a real
: --Previous Message--
: The long range was offset by even a slight
: deviation in target course, bearing and
: speed-whether made during the firing
: calculation or later by the target as part
: of normal combat maneuvers.
: Even at short range the torpedoes would miss
: due to targeting errors. Example being
: Washington at 2nd Guadalcanal which was
: missed by torpedoes.
: At Tassfaronga torpedoes hit the cruisers in
: the bow, except Northampton.
: Too many variable in torpedo aiming.
: It was a good torpedo, quick on short
: setting with a decent warhead.
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