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Re: Today, not 50 years ago
Yes, the contrast between the earlier battleships and cruiser of these names and the 1950s training frigates is really dramatic! It must have been even more dramatic of those, who already served with the Kriegsmarine.
But some of these names were earlier used for corvettes, which were used in the second half of their careers mainly as training vessels, e.g. SMS Gneisenau
and in that sense these names fit a bit better:
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