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    A back of the envelope calculation suggests a five or six ship sortie, with preliminary moving about and minimal required at sea training/testing would use up somewhere between 300,000 & 400,000 tons of fuel. Ellis in 'Brute Force' gives Germanys consumption of crude oil for 1941 as 7,300,000 metric tons. If my math is correct 300,000 tons fuel for this fleet action uses 4% of Germanys intake for the year. Is that good trade off for reducing Britians cargo intake by 1% or 2 % of the gross? (300,000 to 400,000 tons).

    Does anyone have solid numbers for the likely fuel consumption of these ships in the North Atlantic?

    A wild card in this is the US Navy. Was the Nuetrality Zone extended to mid Atlantic at this time? If so the German ships will either remain east of that zone, or risk tangling with USN patrols.

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      Hitler would be more pleased with the propaganda this could generate

      Originally posted by Carl Schwamberg View Post
      A back of the envelope calculation suggests a five or six ship sortie, with preliminary moving about and minimal required at sea training/testing would use up somewhere between 300,000 & 400,000 tons of fuel. Ellis in 'Brute Force' gives Germanys consumption of crude oil for 1941 as 7,300,000 metric tons. If my math is correct 300,000 tons fuel for this fleet action uses 4% of Germanys intake for the year. Is that good trade off for reducing Britians cargo intake by 1% or 2 % of the gross? (300,000 to 400,000 tons).

      Does anyone have solid numbers for the likely fuel consumption of these ships in the North Atlantic?

      A wild card in this is the US Navy. Was the Nuetrality Zone extended to mid Atlantic at this time? If so the German ships will either remain east of that zone, or risk tangling with USN patrols.
      The potential of balancing the respective navies with a positive outcome outlined, would offset logistics Hitler cared nothing about. German U-Boats would support that convoy traffic was very light at the time of Operation Rhine, thus supporting Lutjens choice to go after warships.

      If I remember correctly the US Coast Guard Cutter Modoc took damage from Bismarck while on patrol near the Neutrality Zone, just before the Victorious strike.
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