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    started a topic Augmented Operation Rheinübung

    Augmented Operation Rheinübung

    The original plan for Operation Rheinubung was to have Bismark and Tirpitz together raid into the Atlantic while Scharnhorst and Gneisenau sortied from Brest. In reality Tirpitz wasn't completed in time; Gneisenau was damaged by a torpedo and bombs while in port and Scharnhorst's boiler needed an overhaul. Leaving Bismark as the only capital ship available.Lutjens wanted to delay the mission until either Tirpitz or Scharnhorst was available.
    In this scenario the Germans wait until autumn 1941 so that both Tirpitz and Bismark can sail together. No other changes on the German side to real life.so Prinz Eugene still goes.

    On the British side the delay allows the PoW to be a bit more ready but the next KGV wasn't commissioned until November 1941 so still wouldn't be available.

    How would the British have countered two Bismark class battleships? The only RN battleships that could stand on a 1 to 1 basis against the Bismarks were the Nelson and Rodney and they were too slow to catch an undamaged Bismark. The only battleships that could catch a Bismark in 1941 were PoW, KGV and Hood and as everyone knows Hood was too fragile to last long. Thus there was a fair chance that Bismark, Tirpitz and PE could beat Hood, KGV and PoW.


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