A little something I felt like doing over the weekend:
Design Study I/10
Germany began early to look for a suitable design that could fill the battleship slot set by the Versailles Treaty. The first studies were made in 1920 in preparation to replace the oldest ship, Preussen
. France was considered the main enemy with her main ships armed with 305mm and 340mm guns and the German answer was monitor-esque ship with two 380mm twin turrets but weak durability as well (Design II/10
). The alternative was this heavy cruiser design: Armed with four 210mm twin turrets, medium armor and high speed, appearing essentially like an up-scaled early Emden
This design was not convincing for the navy as well, as it lacked the necessary firepower for a battleship. Several years would pass until the final design of the famous ‘Panzerschiffe’ came to be.
Speed: 32kn (80000HP, two shafts, oil-fired boilers)
Armor: belt 80-100mm, deck 30mm
-4x2x210mm main artillery
The design also made an appearance recently as the basis for the German Yorck
-class in World of Warships
Any help and source material is always welcome.