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I know it was intended to upgrade these to 15 inch guns but it never happened!!!
So what was the thinking of the Km of fitting these with only 11inch guns knowing full well that the majority of the RN could outgun them or I'd it the age old story that they were only designed to sink merchant ships and not other warships?
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The reason that these two German BCs had 11"Guns was politics.  The Nazi-German government didn't want to antagonize the United Kingdom, which would have viewed German BCs armed with 15"Guns with some alarm.
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Well according to the book written about the elusive sisters they were originally going to be armed with the 15'inch weapons but 1. the guns were not ready because the germans had a hard time designing them and 2 Hitler did not want to tick off the British so soon after negotiating that naval treaty in the late 30's. still these two ships were an effective pair and if german commanders were not so worried about losing them they would have been even more effective. Gneisenau was going to be the first of the pair to be upgraded but a major bomb attack after the Cerberus operation while she was in drydock sort of put that to bed. plus it did not help that by that time Hitler was not to happy with the surface units being in effective in almost anything they did.


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