I have been reviewing a lot of my early drawings, which look like shit compared to later efforts. So I have been re-drawing some of the early concepts. Funnily enough since Argentina is the first Navy in my Solarium AU (my offsite AU) those are the drawings I started on. Argentina in this AU is solely fixed on taking and holding Las Malvinas from the hated British. The mass extinction of the High Seas Fleet does not take place and those ships not retained by Germany as a buffer against Communist Russia, are sold through the Allied War Reparations Commission. Argentina is a good customer. The later Argentine ships are home built with German technical assistance. Germanys way of getting around some of the Versailles restrictions. I also transplant a lot of disaffected German Naval staff/workers who were unemployed - starving in the early 1920's. These staff help build all of the Argentine infrastructure to build ships.
The first Argentinian carrier is a conversion from a liner. The ex-German Columbus bought from the AWRC. Converted in Germany 1921-27.
The ships conversion was completed in 1928, then the ship was rebuilt in 1938-39, once the first of the 9 de Julio class is completed.
The second class was a pair of carriers built around a generic BB/CV hull type. 9 of the hulls were to be built, 5 as BB's 4 as CV's. Eventually only 2 CV's were completed.
Oldest large units in the fleet, the two ex-Helgoland class ships supplied two major needs for the fleet. Twin turrets removed and recycled. Harbour support ships to take and hold Port Stanley.
The next two classes were the battle fleet ships to escort the original strike convoy and then the follow up supply convoys. High speed was not required but good AA capability was.
The last of the ex-German sourced battleships were the two ex-Kaiser class. Taken in hand at Bahia Blanca the two ships were converted to battle-raiders. When compared to the Deutschland type, these two ships took the concept through to another level.
The next three classes were built during the 1920's-1930's. The first was a pair of coast defence battleships sourced from the US. The next pair were also sourced from the US as Argentina was still gearing up to build capital ships. Cruisers were the largest ships built through to 1934. It was the production of thick armoured steel plate that was the problem. Until Argentina could produce their own, cruisers were it. Some of these drawings have appeared before but these are new versions drawn for Argentina,
The last two drawings are the first home produced large warships. While only armed with 8x12" these ships are as much of a match for the other South American dreadnoughts.
There were not many of the German battlecruisers left and Argentina bought the Von der Tann and Derfflinger. The Von der Tann was used as a trials and training ship and had the privilege of carrying and landing the Assault Marine Company that took and held Port Stanley.
The eight Argentine heavy cruisers were the major warships being built through the 1930's.
The second class was built with a 10 gun broadside but in 5 turrets in the Japanese manner rather than the mixed turret US manner. They proved very cramped in service. Too much crammed in.
Lastly is a flush deck cruiser with three triple turrets. Very well balanced.
Light and Minelaying cruisers, destroyers and minor vessels to come at a later date.