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I checked the armor on both ships, the Scharnhorst does have better armor. The Alaska is well armored, better than you thought, might be a very good battle. Will post the outcome.
... the Scharnhorsts were armored like a battleship .. a veritable citadel. The Alaskas, as much as I love 'em, were only armored like cruisers. I fear they would succumb to battle damage first :-( IMHO ... Mark :-}
I believe the Alaska was considered a Battle cruiser also. Without checking the game stats, I believe the Alaska is the better ship, only because of the larger guns. It might be a good battle. There was a plan to change the triple eleven inch to double fifteen guns. That might give the Germans the edge. Could be very interesting. Will have to play it both ways.
American Alaska class "Large Cruiser" vs. German Scharnhorst class "Battle-cruiser / Small battleship"
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