Haratio Fales wrote:The ship would have been about 10,000 tons or a bit over when fully loaded so they would have even been ok to the treaties. by 1940 this wouldn't have been an issue though but with the lack of range on the existing K class cruises these ships would have been most welcome to the kriegsmarine. If they could have built them earlier then during the battle of the river platte, one of these cruisers accompanying the Graph Spee could have made a decisive victory for the Germans. Or as a third ship with Prince Eugan and Bismarck. They wouldn't have been been able to fight against Battleships however they could have provided extra AA against air strikes, and could have helped the Prince Eugan engage the Norfolk and Suffolk in the Denmark strait early on so they couldn't shadow Bismarck.
Haratio Fales wrote: These ships would have also been welcome when the Tirpitz and Scheer were attacking convoys with Hipper and destroyers in the North sea theater as the British always seemed to have been able to get the German destroyers alone with bigger ships.
I am not arguing that these ships would have turned the tide of the war, but they could have extended the effect of tying up the British fleet and could have changed the outcome of some of the engagements.
Like if Sharnhorst could have escaped the night that she sank, it would have been one more capital ship to stick in the side of Briton and keep major units in certain areas just encase she showed up. A light cruiser of this type could have been the accompanying factor that allowed Scharnhorst's escape.
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