Scharnhorst versus three County Class cruisers

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Re: Scharnhorst versus three County Class cruisers

Postby Steve Crandell » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:36 am

alecsandros wrote:
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.

How so ?


Faster firing guns. There isn't much difference between the shells as far as a cruiser is concerned if using AP. I suppose if the Iowa class ship had HC it might make a difference since a county isn't really protected well against 16" HC. Near misses might be very damaging.

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Re: Scharnhorst versus three County Class cruisers

Postby alecsandros » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:40 am

Steve Crandell wrote:
Faster firing guns. There isn't much difference between the shells as far as a cruiser is concerned if using AP. I suppose if the Iowa class ship had HC it might make a difference since a county isn't really protected well against 16" HC. Near misses might be very damaging.

... that's true...
But Iowa would always have the "one shot- one kill" possibility.. a 16" AP round, with some luck, would detonate inside the cruiser, and possibly destroy or incapacitate the entire ship. It would be much harder to do the same thing with a single 11" shell...


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