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Minis is my Waterloo Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2016 2:05 p.m. PST

Can anyone recommend a good reference to get the turret location code for WW1 ships? I've googled and searched this several ways and just haven't found a good answer. I understand the basic A, B, X, Y but how about all the wing turrets, midships centerline, etc?
Thanks in advance!
Rob

Schogun24 Dec 2016 2:46 p.m. PST

No reference to cite, but found this:

"I believe if there was just one centreline turret midships (Splendid Cat battlecruisers, Orion class battleships, KGV-class battleships, Iron Duke class battleships), it was designated Q – A,B,Q,Y on battlecruises, and A, B, Q, X, Y on battleships. On the earlier classes of all big gun battleships the port and starboard midships turrets were designated P and Q, so they had A, P, Q, X, Y."

Don't know codes if there were 4 turrets midships. Perhaps A, P, Q, R, S, Y?

dragon624 Dec 2016 2:49 p.m. PST

A little asci artwork

German turret designations
"Anton"
"Bruno"
"Caesar"
"Dora"
"Emil"
"Friedrich"
"Gustav"

Nassau, Helgoland and Blucher
xxAxx
xFxBx
xExCx
xxDxx

Seydlitz, Moltke and Kaiser
xxAxx
xxxBx
xExxx
xxCxx
xxDxx

Konig
xxAxx
xxBxx
xxxxx
xxCxx
xxxxx
xxDxx
xxExx

Bayern, Derfflinger, Mackensen and Ersatz Yorck
xxAxx
xxBxx
xxCxx
xxDxx

British system
forward turrets
A,B,C,D,E
midships turrets
O,P,Q,R,S
aft turrets
V,W,X,Y,Z

except Agincourt
A Monday
B Tuesday
P Wednesday
Q Thursday
X Friday
Y Saturday
Z Sunday

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2016 9:27 a.m. PST

Funny Agincourt came right to mind.

SaltyDog25 Dec 2016 2:44 p.m. PST

I believe the smaller batteries were nominated as P1, P2 etc for for Port side Batteries and S1, S2 etc for the the Starboard side. This was certainly the case for the 40/60 Batteries on HMAS Melbourne. I used to be a loader on P2.

Sailor Steve Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2016 1:10 p.m. PST

On Dreadnought, the Bellerophons and St. Vincents the centerline turrets were A, X and Y, with the wing turrets being P and Q. So:

-A-
P-Q
-X-
-Y-

Interestingly, the pre-Dreads were just the opposite. The forward turret/barbette was 'Fore' and the after turret was 'Aft', with the hull-mounted 6" guns being lettered, alternating port and starboard:

FORE
A1-B1
A2-B2
P1-Q1
P2-Q2
X1-Y1
X2-Y2
-AFT-

Dragon6's charts are accurate, but it might help to simply remember that German guns went around in a clockwise circle

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