in this thread, I'll try to show some of the evolutions of the Scharnhorst-class design history.
I. Panzerschiff "D" Entwurf (design) 3b
Panzerschiffe D&E were intended to be improvements of the famous Deutschland-class "Pocket-battleships".
It was deemed necessary to uparmour the new generation of Panzerschiffe and thus the displacement of the new design grew to araound 19.000 tons.
The ships would have been similarly armed to the preceding ships, though eight 28cm main guns were considered, had there been a quadruple turret design available.
The main difference was that the 15cm guns were placed in armoured twin turrets, rather than in single mounts. Flak-armament was also increased with the intent to equip her with
ten, instead of six 8,8cm guns.
Interestingly, the new Panzerschiffe would have been propelled by turbines insted of Diesel-engines. Limiting their range and use as commerce-raiders compared to their predecessors.
One of the two ships was laid down, but was canceled less than five months after the keel was laid down.
The design was changed into what later became the Scharnhorst-class battleship.
Lenght CWL: 207,00m
Displacement: 18.000 - 19.000 tons
Propulsion: Turbines ca. 70,000 shp - 2 shafts
Speed: ca 26 knots
6 x 28cm (2x3)
8 x 15cm (4x2)
10 x 8,8cm (5x2)
8 x 3,7cm (4x2)
8 x 53cm torpedo tubes (2x4)
Thanks for looking!