I've been looking at great warships like the Iowa or equivalent ww2 warships, and I raised question.
This kind of war is pretty much only about strategic placements, accuracy and fire power. Hence the race to stack as many cannons as possible. Manage weight and size for manoeuverability vs fire power and range for example. And in the end it's all about having each ship perform it's specific role.
And with all that i was simply wondering if all the cannons would actually influence the ship's speed/heading each time they're fired. In one hand they're pretty massive, on the other hand the boat is pretty heavy and wide. Would a 45 degree shot actually help the ship turn ? Or 180 give a small speed increase ? Would that be actually used to be more manoeuverable ? That would be pretty cool :o
I am sure there is some kind of influence, the ship won't obviously stay static, but I was wondering how much. Would it actually turn the ship say, 10 deg each time it fires or more something like 0.2. (For example). Anyway, my curiosity strikes again !