The Kriegsmarine put Battleship Scharnhorst on the cap bands, so I guess
they found it one.
Most Battleships had 12" and above, 14", 15" and 16" being the most common,
but 18,"1 in Yamato class and even 20" in the WW I Courageous class.
Basicly she had "only" 11" main cannons, but plans were said to be in hand
for exchanging three tripple 11" for three doubble 15" turrets.
Then there's the question of armour... Scharnhorst had a maximum of
13,5"(Military Book Club, Battleship Scharnhorst, page 12) Late US
battleships (South Dakotas and Iowa had 12 1/4" - US Battleships in Action 2
page 21) so apparently she had the armour to be classified a battleship.
And yes I know, armour thickness is not the only factor, but most I have
read states that german steel was at least as good as any other - and
probably better. Tough as Krupp Steel ring a bell anywhere?
Also considering her last action against a superior force, I belive she did
pretty good against the british shells, but couldn't give as good as she
Battleship in my book.
"Mad Modeller" skrev i meddelelsen
So, was the Scharnhorst a battleship or a battlecruiser? I've seen it
referred to both ways which confuses a ship newbie like me.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.