26 Dec '14, 3am

当然戦闘中の写真もほぼないが、こんな絵が残っている(ページの中ほど)。

当然戦闘中の写真もほぼないが、こんな絵が残っている(ページの中ほど)。

Very true, but at least at conception, neither Gneisenau nor Scharnhorst was envisioned slugging it out with a dreadnought battleship, English or American. They were designed to outrun what they could not outgun. But for British SIGINT of the German Naval codes, and a 14-in hit at long range (the hit that destroyed No. 1 boiler room), it is likely Scharnhorst would have outrun her pursuers at North Cape as well. The only British vessels capable of catching these ships in 1940 were Renown, Repulse, and Hood. Both Renown and Repulse lacked the armor to stand up to the German units, particularly if they had been re-armed with 6×15-in guns. The British Rs only carried 6×15-in themselves. Hood, with 8×15-in, would have had her hands full with an opponent as well protected as Gneisenau or Scharnhorst with a 6×15-in main battery. Both the German ships could have outrun the US Nor...

Full article: http://blog.usni.org/2009/12/26/26-december-1943-the-end-...

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