aurora wrote:It certainly would-with three BBs-1USN,1 CV(RN)2 Heavy cruisers (USN) 1st Cruiser Squadron (RN),umpteen destroyers RN and USN v two German BB;s 2 BC.I pocket BB and 2 Heavy cruisers and destroyers.Pretty well matched I would say-the odd player at sea would be Victorious; but she would be the FIRST target for the Luftwaffe-yessir quite a scrap!!!
The KGV was at Liverpool dry dock during PQ17. On May 1st it ran over the destroyer Punjabi in a heavy fog. It received hull damage and all the radars were destroyed (from shock of the depth charges going off). KGV did not return to Scapa until July 10th-a week after PQ17. Tovey sent for the Duke of York which was not there to replace KGV and KGV was sent to Liverpool for repairs.
Also damaged was the Washington as it progressed over where the Punjai's stern sank as more depth charged went off. This may have been why the Washington went to NY Navy Yard for repairs of the hull, a machinery refit, and restoration of destroyed radars right after PQ17, and before redeployment to the Pacific.
During the time Battle Group Tirpitz sortied from Alta Fjord the Home Fleet was 190 miles north west of Bear Island. Tovey's strategy was to keep the Home Fleet out of harms way and keep in a position where it could intercept Tirpitz should the Germans decide to use the convoy as a diversion and make an end run for the Atlantic. If Tirpitz put to sea, then he would close at full speed to get with in Albacore striking range. If the torpedo bombers succeeded in crippling Tirpitz he would then move in with the battleships, judging that the prize would be worth the risk of exposing the battleships to Luftwaffe attack.
The German force was also depleted, Luetzow had run aground on uncharted rocks as had three destroyers.
The Germans knew the correct location of the Allied naval units and knew that they could not intervene with a German attack. The British had been unaware of the German location until submarines sighted the Tirpitz and Hipper 55 miles north of the North Cape on the 5th of July. It is confirmed that Ultra was limited to traffic analysis with the lack of Enigima traffic being the indicator that something was up. The Germans were aware of the sightings by Allied submarines.
The only likely clash between German and Allied naval forces would have been the destruction of the Allied cruiser force.