Bgile wrote:I nominate the US Baltimore class as the all around best cruiser in terms of capability. Cruising range, power plant, protection, secondary battery, AA battery were all second to none.
... I think the IJN got the best use out of their cruisers in general during the war, but I don't know the record of individual ships well enough to highlight a particular one.
Dave Saxton wrote:I think the Baltimores were probably the best new heavy cruiser design during the war.
As a single engagement, i would say the best use of cruisers was Savo Island. The IJN ruled that area for that night, even though they screwed it up by not going after the US transports. What was the butchers bill? 5 allied cruisers vs 0 japanese losses.
The Alaska class should really be classed as a battlecruiser not a 'large cruiser'.
Karl Heidenreich wrote: ...The Alaska class should really be classed as a battlecruiser not a 'large cruiser'.
It has been my understanding that the Alaska was, in fact, a battlecruiser. So your statement is clearly correct.
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