Wednesday, 29 March 2017

British Royal Navy designed pocket battleship comparable with the German Deutschland-class according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad 1934 no. 7

Admiral Graf Spee

An item referred to the American newspaper Chicago Tribune dated 25 August 1934 reporting that the British Admiralty designed a 10.000 tons battleship of the German Deutschland type.(1) The dimensions of the British ship were 660 x 74 x 21 feet, meaning 50 feet longer as the German opponent. The armament was to consist of 6-30,5cm/12”, 4-28cm/11”guns, 6-15cm/5.9” guns and 25 machineguns arranged in turrets above the waterline. She was not only heavier armed as the Deutschland but even to be 3 miles faster. The 8-8.000hp sets of diesels were to make a 28 miles speed possible. Except for the vital parts was the British battleship not armoured.(1)

1. The Deutschland-class consisted of the Deutschland, Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee, so-called panzerschiffe, later classified as heavy cruisers with a displacement of 10.800 9standard)-14.520 (full load) tons, a speed of 26 knots and an armament of 2x3-28cn/11”guns, 8x1-15cm/\5.9” guns, 2x1-8,8cm/3.5” guns and 8-53.3cm/21.0” torpedo tubes.