Thursday, 9 February 2017

British Admiralty thought 35,6cm of King George V-class battleships strong enough according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1938 no. 5

King George V-class

An item referred to the magazine U.S.R. dated 14 April 1938 reporting that the British Admiralty believed that the used 35,6cm guns of the new battleships (1) were strong enough to compete with success opponents with heavier guns. Well informed sources stated that an eventually increase of the displacement of new to be built battleships would be used for a better protection against aircraft attacks and not for heavier guns.

1. The King George V-class with a deep load displacement of 42.923 tons was armed with 10-35,6cm/14” Mark VII guns (2x4&1x2). The planned but not realized Lion-class had a main armament of 3x3-40,6cm/16”Mk II guns. The Vanguard 4x2-38,1cm/15” guns.