USS Missouri arrives in Pearl Harbor, 1998. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Navy
Kyle Mizokami, National Interest: Nazi Germany's Battleship Bismarck vs. America's Iowa Class: Who Wins?
A World War II showdown that never was.
Despite the vast scope of the Second World War, the navies of the United States and Nazi Germany fought few, if any, direct surface engagements. By the time of America’s entry into the war the Royal Navy had already sunk or neutralized the lion’s share of Hitler’s Kriegsmarine, with only Hitler’s U-boats remaining a substantial German threat.
But what if the UK’s Royal Navy hadn’t been as successful as it was, and the U.S. was forced to hunt down the German Navy’s major surface combatants? What if the Iowa-class fast battleships had been sortied into the Atlantic to square off against their counterparts, the Bismarck-class battleships?
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WNU Editor: I guess the same outcome would happen if the Japanese battleship Yamato was pitted against America's Iowa Class.