dunmunro wrote:Dave, thanks. That's very interesting info.
The accuracy of Exeter's fire is often overlooked because she suffered heavily, early on, from 28cm hits to her forward turrets. In fact, Exeter was just as likely to have hit one of GS's 28cm turrets. Had she done so, we would now all be commenting on how quickly Exeter's 8in guns crippled GS's firepower, and how quickly the battle became an overwhelming RN victory, rather than a near Kriegsmarine one, that turned into a draw.
... AGS had 150mm thick face plate declined at 60* from the vertical. A 8" hit at 18km would not penetrate that... possible shock damage though.
[AGS did have problems with her aft turret due to multiple 6" hits, that ultimately jammed the elevator. The final salvos fired from 21-24km , some of which straddled Achilles, were fired from the forward main turret only]