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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2018 8:41 p.m. PST

…on the environment.

"The Tirpitz was the Nazis' most imposing warship and the largest battleship ever built by a European navy. It should have been an easy target for bombers, but this massive vessel could hide in plain sight.

Hitler's navy used a toxic artificial fog to conceal the ship when it was stationed in a Norwegian fjord. And, according to new research, this ephemeral smoke left a lasting mark on some of the living witnesses of World War II: the trees.

"The effects of one military engagement during World War II are still evident in the forests of Norway, 70 years later," said Claudia Hartl, a tree-ring researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany…."


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Mark 123 Apr 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

"The Tirpitz was … the largest battleship ever built by a European navy."

Not so sure. I would say it was one of the largest, and might be considered by some to be the largest, but I would not say just that it was the largest.

Tirpitz displaced 42,200 long tons as built, with a length of 823 ft 6 in (251).

Hood was heavier, at 42,670 long tons as built, and longer, with a length of 860 ft 7 in (262.3m).

But Tirpitz displaced 51,800 long tons fully loaded, while Hood only displaced 46,680 long tons at "deep load".

So it is debatable which was the largest. Depends on how you want to compare.

I know, I know. That's not the primary point of the article. But still…

(aka: Mk 1)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 10:48 a.m. PST

The Tirpitz was bigger than the Bismark?… or his twin…?


Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 1:31 p.m. PST

Tirpitz was the second of the Bismark class. She was the same dimensions as her sister, Bismark, but wartime modifications made Tirpitz 2,000 tons heavier.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

Many thanks!.


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