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The real problem was the cordite being used.
British cordite was 43% nitroglycerin, 52% nitrocellulose, and 6% petroleum jelly. The material was inherently unstable, as was proven via numerous peace and wartime incidents. It was designed to produce great amounts of energy, but in this case the energy release was sometimes unpredictable--especially when the cordite began to break down. One of the problems were impurities in the manufacturing process, something that was not addressed until 1927/28 when a new cordite formula was developed. Yet the Hood, etc., proved that there were still issues.
The idea it was propellant handling alone that destroyed the British ships at Jutland, etc., isn't totally accurate. Oh, the notion is popular, but looks towards faulty equipment just as much as human error in this case.
the British battlecruiser losses at Jutland were mostly due to some captains trying to increase the speed of firing and not obeying the anti flash measures!
speed of firing is not everything! speed is fine , accuracy is final!
Does anyone know of a source giving comparative loading times for various battleship guns in the real world.
The claim is that the Iowas could reload in 30 seconds. This is a video showing a reloading that takes over a minute.
In this video it's done in about 40 seconds.
I saw another video showing the movement of projectiles into the hoist in an Iowa class. The process was unbelievably fast. One guy would throw a rope over the projectile and other would tighten the rope around the gypsy head and it would go right into the hoist so fast it was hard to believe. Then the storage ring would move and the process repeats.
Of course, once the inner projectile ring is exhausted things must slow down a lot.
This video shows shell handling on Rodney and there is much more movement (and clearly a much slower process) than on an Iowa.
I was wondering if there was a comparative loading time document out there somewhere.
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