USN gunfire busted up a Panzer attack in Sicily. Italy was out-of-the-war in '43 and the USN was part of that team.
The Brooklyn class were called "machine gun" cruisers for a reason.
: .. that the Baltimore's on average were three
: years from keel laying to commissioning, and
: I think you almost have to add another three
: months more to reach full operational
: I suspect a good part of the problem was in
: assigning the first batch to all one yard,
: Bethlehem Quincy Although all of the first
: eight were ordered between July and
: September 1940, only the first five had a
: considerable amount of wartime service.
: The repeat Baltimore's were not even ordered
: until Guadalcanal day 7 August 1942, and I
: believe only Chicago saw any combat in the
: closing days of the war.
: Contrast this to the Cleveland's average
: build time of two years.
: New York Ship was far better equipped to
: build large numbers and faster than any
: other yard producing heavies or lights.
: It is my opinion that the treaty heavies
: were nearly useless in the waters off
: Guadalcanal, and would have been better to
: employ them in the Atlantic, while sending
: all the Brooklyn's to the Pacific.
: As someone pointed out rapidity of fire and
: weight of metal (a field artillery term)
: matters, and that is doubly so in the
: battles for Guadalcanal.
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: Considering war losses at beginning of war
: so few heavy cruisers being added to the USN
: WW2 fleet? Was it resources and economy or
: doctrine and tactic change?