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Re: KM Scharnhorst - while it was supposed to be "enlarged" and "improved"....
Was not the 11" calibre a requirement under either the Washington, or later London Treaty?
The tonnage and calibre limits imposed were expected to result in ships similar to the pre-Dreadnoughts Germany had built in the past. This would have severely limited their effectiveness against the RN and French navy (in particular).
The Graf Spees deisel engines threw the 'cat amongst the pigeons' and, as noted elsewhere in this thread, sticking with 11" was a political expedient for the Scharnhorsts.
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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