The next iteration of Maximum Battleship designs would have 24 16-inch guns and an armor thickness of 13 inches. German troops destroyed the Chuignes gun, which, on 23 August was secured by Australian troops. Post by Christian W. » 31 Aug 2005, 13:56 ... Had the German navy chosen 380mm guns from the start, I think that S & G would have become very fine ships, capable to take on any old and new battle cruiser … The BL 18-inch Mk I naval gun was a breech-loading naval rifle used by the Royal Navy during World War I.It was the largest and heaviest gun ever used by the British. For example, in the Mogami with the 155mm guns … I've come to ask about the 15 Inch (38cm) SK C/34 Naval Guns that Germany made in the mid- 1930's. The British contingent on its side of the Channel was just as daunting. - A typical average ingame is that the traverse speed of turrets seem to stay put on about 2 o a second, but the german 15 inch guns were electrically powered and could have a traverse speed of 5.4 o per second. Only the Second-World-War Japanese 46 cm/45 Type 94 had a larger calibre, 18.1 inches (46 cm), but the British shell was heavier. It carried 12 16-inch guns and had an armor thickness of 18 inches. From the huge 15-inch guns carried by the Bismarck to the smallest machine gun used by coastal forces, this comprehensive encyclopedia covers every German artillery piece mounted afloat during World War II. Much of this thread has fallen into the trap of bigger gun means better gun and thicker armor means better armor. Additionally, the Germans utilized long-distance rail guns to bolster their firepower. Naval warfare changed on Sept. 9, 1943. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with 15 inch guns. ... where shells for the ship’s big 15-inch guns were stored. These were housed in four armoured twin turrets alphabetically arranged from forward to stern. The 'smaller' guns were the 5.5-inch, 5.25-inch, 4.7-inch, 4.5-inch, 4-inch and the 2 pounder pom pom. I completely understand this caliber is small for a battleship however Im having a hard time understanding how it manages to perform significantly worse than 5 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch guns per salvo fired (not DPS). Bismarck was hunted down and sunk by Royal Navy warships in 1941. A 15 inch German naval gun, known as the Chuignes gun, captured in August 1918 by No 3 Battalion, at Chuignes, France. Designed in 1934, the 38 cm SK C/34 were the most powerful guns ever mounted on a German warship. In comparison, the Iowa-class battleships of World War II would carry just nine 16-inch guns and have a maximum armor thickness of 14.5 inches. The Dover side arsenal included two 15-inch, two 14-inch, two 9.4-inch and six 6-inch guns. All marks and variations of these weapons are described individually, including their mountings and the ammunition fired, along with extensive tabular data. The German battleship Bismarck posed a tremendous threat to Allied shipping with its main 15-inch gun batteries. The German batteries included three 16-inch, four 15-inch, three 11-inch, and four 8.3-inch guns. Hello everyone. There are many factors that go into the equation. Returning to those big guns, the Royal Navy employed three different calibre namely 16-inch, 15-inch and 14-inch with a mixture of 8-inch and 6-inch [still big guns especially by today's standards].