Walter_Warlimont wrote:How in the bloody blue blazes of hell did you manage to come up with that information? I'm not chastising you for being forthcoming with it, I'm just curious as to how you came about that information.
Uh, there are any number of lunar phase calculators available on the net? I think most are used by astrologers and Druids, but they still suffice.
Hell, the morning of the 24th works better for me anyway.
Except the KM was just coming off an extended period (on 21 September) when the weather had forced them to curtail operations by most of the smaller vessels such as S-Boote. So they may have had a time "coming up to speed"? Plus built into all of this planning were requirements for the time to marshal the barges and other vessels, assemble and load the troops, and get things under way, and to date the German high command hadn't exactly been enthusiastic about pinning down dates?
It's certainly possible
they could have decided to launch anyway during the period of bad weather, but I have my doubts that they would have. Remember, one major issue for the Germans in the Atlantic was simply forecasting weather. For example, although the 21st was fine, the 22nd was crappy and then the 23rd was fine again; there was just a two day window from 9-24 September in which conditions - weather and moon - met the required criteria, 21 and 23 September.
And of course the later into fall the worse that situation became.
BTW, the next possible lunar period began the night of 8 October with the First Quarter Moon. Leandros pretty much agreed the end limit for possibility was circa 15 October and the moon remains suitable throughout (it is just before the full moon on the 15th) but the weather was dicey to say the least.
Rich wrote:Well, when you have a debate with NUTS as I & leandros have been having elsewhere (Not Here), the topic of debate centers around Force H & M being called upon to defend England, once they receive either The Cromwell Order or The Sir Francis Drake Order.
Yes, there are extremists associated with almost every viewpoint it seems? I suppose they are of the "wakes of the RN ships are sufficient to sink the German rowboats" ilk?
Walter_Warlimont wrote:And even if they were called upon to make haste for English Waters, they would have to stop off @ Gibraltar first for replenishment of Fuel, Ammo, Etc,......
But I question if they would have been so required?