Thorsten Wahl wrote:3 heavy cruisers were considered as stronger enemy.
Scharnhorst was faster
But if such engagement had to be fought, SH would likely engage at a distance where 8 inchers should be considered as ineffective against SHs protection
if the british cruisers divert a single ship qualifies as the primary target
Steve Crandell wrote:The cruisers are not going to get close enough to use torpedoes. There is no reason for Scharnhorst to close the range; quite the contrary. Unless Scharnhorst suffers a hit to the fore top director, I can't see any way the British are going to win this one. If the Germans are smart they keep the range long until none of the British cruisers are still able to follow her and then she disappears over the horizon.
RF wrote: Raeder sends Scharnhorst out to cover the return of Atlantis by seeking to ambush and destroy the British cruisers searching for her on the approaches to the Bay of Biscay.
RF wrote:December 5 1941 - Scharnhorst sights Devonshire and closes to engage. Then Dorsetshire and Cornwall appear on Scharnhorst's opposite flank and attack in support of Devonshire.
Rick Rather wrote:If the British accept a fight over a delaying action, they'd do well to go "all-in" and close the range. The "destroyer-tactics" idea above is interesting.
Tom17 wrote:Is there visibility to keep the cruisers under fire from long range. The counties were good sea boats, conditions similar to those when the twins were engaged by Renown could benefit the RN greatly.
Dave Saxton wrote:Here is an interesting way to look at this scenario: If it was Iowa instead of Scharnhorst would you have a different opinion?
Steve Crandell wrote:Dave Saxton wrote:Here is an interesting way to look at this scenario: If it was Iowa instead of Scharnhorst would you have a different opinion?
I would. I think Scharnhorst might be better equipped to fight three counties than Iowa would be.
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