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Re: KM Scharnhorst - while it was supposed to be "enlarged" and "improved"....
It was a combination of time/cost savings and political motivation. The ship used a lot of components meant for the aborted pocket battleships, including main and secondary guns. And the 11" armament was thought to be less inflammatory to other nations than a max caliber gun.
Graf Spee types, it is clear the scale of armor was "battleship". Often cited as a shortcoming, are the 11" main armament. Germany developed a very good 12" gun for WW1. Anyone have a citation as to why was IT not chosen for the Scharnhorst class? Design time for a new turret or what?
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