Djoser wrote:Obviously the idea didn't take hold, and the Dreadnought was an entirely different level of warship.
But I have always wondered no one ever seems to bring up the six 11" guns of the Brandenburg class, when discussing the origin of the idea that the Dreadnought embodied so much more effectively.
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I've read that the Japanse nearly stole a march on the Dreadnought witt the Satsuma, the biggest warship in the world at the time, and one designed to be an
"all big gun" battleship. But lack of industrial potential lead to the Satsuma being completed with a mixed battery. Mind you, there's nothing remarkable about the Royal Navy with its working relationship with the arms manufacturers of the day coming up with the first modern battleship.