Friday, 31 March 2017

British Royal Navy choose for 35,6cm guns as main armament for her new battleships according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1937 no. 7

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht dated 2 October 1937 reporting that the two British 35.000 ton battleships now under construction were presumably to be armed with 12-35,6cm guns despite the Italian and French choice for 38,1cm guns and the USA for 40.6cm guns. The magazine wondered which choice was the best.(1)

1. King George V-class consisting of the King George V, Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Anson and Howe had a deep load displacement of 42.923 tons, a speed of 28,3 knots and a main armament of 2x4&1x2-35,6cm/14” Mark VII guns (2x4&1x2). Main belt 37cm/14.7”, lower belt 14cm/5.4 and the deck 12,7/5”-15,2cm/16” thickness.