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Re: Scharnhorst wins hands down in my opinion.
Scharnhorst was better armored than Alaska, but not good enough against the Duke of York....
Scharnhorst lacked a sufficient upper belt and that's what sealed her fate against DOY.
Just my 2p worth, but Scharnhorst was better armoured, and just about as fast. However, radar might have clinched it in favour of Alaska.
American Alaska class "Large Cruiser" vs. German Scharnhorst class "Battle-cruiser / Small battleship"
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