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Brits were no dumb
Admiralty with a bunch of real experts ,decided to send one heavy cruiser and two light cruisers against the Spee,that was the minimum force to deal against
that threat ,no way a single heavy cruiser will be a match for a Panzeschiff in a gun duel
Take a look at the latest book(s) on the Battle of the River Plate. You can take a lesson from the battle. The Graf Spee's secondary battery of eight 5.9 in.guns made NOT A SINGLE HIT against the British ships! Graf Spee also did not use radar, although it was fitted. The Scheer would not stand a chance against the Baltimore's superior firepower weight of broadside in number of rounds she get off per minute, radar and modern fire control equipment.
Using Panzerschiffe game rules, the Scheer is the clear winner. The only battle she lost is when she closed with the Baltimore. The Scheer can easily keep a broadside to the Baltimore, which has to close to get her secondaries into action. The Baltimore must charge the Scheer, she cannot go toe to toe with her main weapons, and her speed advantage did not help.
Ships started at 12 miles apart bow to bow, and fought until one of the ships was sunk.
Who knows what would really happen, but using the game values, that was the outcome.
I will try to answer any questions you might have as best as I can.
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