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Re: Has anyone noticed that
Probably for the first time such layout of five guns was used in French Le Fantasque class Contre-torpilleurs (big destroyers) laid down in 1931. This layout was regarded as more "offensive" than "defensive" layout of former classes (Jaguar, Guepard, Aigle, Vauquelin) in which the fifth gun was mounted like in American Farragut class (behind the last funnel) and could shell back areas rather than forward
The gun layout was first introduced to US DDs in the Mahan class of 1934 - the same year as the first German DDs were designed. In the US ships, the torpedo tube layout went through a few config changes over the next few classes, but ended up with 2 centerline mounts on the modified Sims class, and continued that with the Benson/Gleaves and Fletcher classes. So either nation copying the design of the other is unlikely. The positioning of the 2 forward gun mounts and the 2 after gun mounts is fairly intuitive. After that, it is a matter of placing the 5th gun and the tubes. Placing that last gun at the forward end of the after deckhouse keeps the magazine spaces close together and simplifies the machinery arrangements. That several nations came up with the same basic layout simultaneously is hardly surprising.
the German Destroyers were laid out much like the Fletchers?
Does anyone have a Comet Authenticast German Destroyer Friedrich Kunne? If so, could you post a photo.
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