Garyt wrote:I though the Bismarck class and Scharnhorst class were pretty similar in armor protection? A little more deck armor for the Bismarck from what I gather, but otherwise pretty similar?
Also seems the 11.1" gun was worse, but not terribly so in penetration to the British 14"/45 On the Prince of Wales Class?
All that being said, I never quite understood why the Germans did not go with a 15" gun on the Sharnhorst class initially.
the deck armour and spaced array armour layout was equal from SH to BS. (50mm weather deck and 80mm main armour deck), equal to 6 inch single plate, rated from british post war ADM papers.
The main difference was the upper belt (2,30m high) SH had 45mm and BS 145mm and the slopes (turtle deck) of SH was 105mm and BS had 110mm.
The thin upper belt of SH was a realy major design flaw!