KM Bismarck (BB-1940)

 

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With the Scharnhorst / Bismarck class in production, the next step was to produce an even better design. Using the same 16.5" gun the designers went to three triple turrets to give a one gun edge but it would be in protection and overall survivability against both ships, submarines and aircraft.



The first ships of the class were due to be laid down in 1939 with pairs being built annually from then. With the outbreak of war the ships were all cancelled and the material gathered used for other purposes. Several of the guns were under construction and were completed to be fitted to coastal defense mountings. Below is how the first pair of ships may have looked on completion.



 

Displacement 54,500 tons std, 64,800 full load
Length 925 ft
Breadth 123 ft
Draught 32 ft
Machinery 4 shaft mixed turbine/diesel propulsion
2 x Steam Turbines 160,000shp
2 x Diesels 40,000bhp
Speed 31 knots
Range 18,000 miles at 18 knots
Armour 15" side, 7.6" deck, 16" turrets
Armament 9 x 16.5" (3x3)
20 x 5" (10x2)
36 x 37mm Bofors (18x2)
36 x 20mm (9x4)
Aircraft 4
Complement 2450
Notes KM Teiwaz (1943-44) Cancelled 1939, broken up on slip.


Real Life and previous AU drawings of 'H' Class Battleships with 16" guns. Lastly the largest most grandiose design ever for a battleship. (Designing that monster must have kept the designers away from the Eastern Front).








 

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