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Re: Did the WW2 USN suffer from a shortage of heavy cruisers?
Posted by Simon Scheuer on May 7, 2018, 7:47:26, in reply to "Did the WW2 USN suffer from a shortage of heavy cruisers? "
Treaty designs were inadequate for the rigors of Pacific warfare. A new design takes time to develop. The Baltimore was launched in 41 and commissioned in 43. Not bad. Also, working up your steel industry takes time. Demand for steel plate was obviously high. Add the issue of needing many types of ships including oil tankers, and ship construction becomes a very heavily "taxed" industry. Review Mr. Friedman's Cruiser volume and you will see how design considerations made for a maddening number of design iterations. Also war "lessons" were likely incorporated into the design on the fly causing further delays. The buildup of the fleet was in fact an AWESOME triumph.
: Considering war losses at beginning of war why
: so few heavy cruisers being added to the USN
: WW2 fleet? Was it resources and economy or
: doctrine and tactic change?
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