German battlecruiser Scharnhorst became famous for her raid in Atlantic against british merchant shipping as well as for sinking of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious. She was sunk at the Battle of North Cape on 26 December 1943.
I wonder how powerful a squadron consisting of the Bismarck, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, Gniesenau, Graf Spee, Admiral Scheer, and Prinz Eugen would be. If they were all firing their guns on the same target, then that target is going to be reduced to nothing but a blazing wreck.
How they usually say? 'History doesn't know subjunctive mood'. Battles between entire fleets became a thing of the past after aviation and submarines appeared... But yes, it would has been big problems for Anglo-saxons, if Kriegsmarine had gather those ships together.
It is too... theoretical question, you know. Like 'Who is stronger? An elephant or a whale?" one.
But if I only had a choice, I would place a bet on Missouri. She was built later, she had artillery radar and ultimate targeting system. So Yamato could withstand the day fight because of her 460-mm main guns, but during the night her chances seem to be low. Bismarck seems to have almost no chances because of lesser main artillery caliber. She should open fire much way later than her imaginary adversaries.
Yeah, my personal favorite ship was the Admiral Graf Spee(sunk alot of merchant shipping before being cornered in an uruguayan port and scuttled), aswell as the Prinz Eugen and Deutchland. Did you know that Prinz Eugen was given to the US as a war prize and was destroyed in the Bikini Atolls experiment?
Yes, Admiral Graf Spee was the interesting sea raider. I watched the movie about her month ago. I mean The Battle of the River Plate. Did you watch it? They used all those British cruisers which sank the pocket battleship in filming, and USS Salem as Admiral Graf Spee herself.
Her sistership Admiral Scheer carried out raid into Atlantics too. There was interesting incident, in which Admiral Scheer almost sank herself by her own torpedo. But I saw the description of that incident in only one book, so I don't know, was it true or not.
Yes, I know aabout Prinz Eugen's fate. I've read several articles and books about the Bikini Atoll's experiment and about US nuclear program in whole. I even wanted to draw Prinz Eugen or IJNS Nagato in the Bikini Atoll, but I didn't fulfil it yet.
If I remember correctly, the Gniesenau was taken out of service due to bomb damage, and the Germans intended to replace her triple 11"(28cm) turrets with twin 15"(38cm) turets identical to those on Bismarck and Tirpitz, but never finished the work.