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Re: KM Scharnhorst - while it was supposed to be "enlarged" and "improved"....
The Scharnhorst class were designed from the beginning to take the new 15” twin turret and it was planned to install them later. Hitler wanted the ships built as quickly as possible and development and production of the new 15” gun was going to take too long, they hadn’t built anything bigger than the 11” gun since WW1. So they just went with what they had available at the time.
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