Admiral Scheer class "Pocket Battleships"

Later than the Deutschland/Luetzow, Scheer and Graf Spee had minor improvements.

Both went raiding, with Graf Spee being run down by 3 cruisers -- Exeter (heavy) and Achilles and Ajax (lights) -- of the Royal Navy and finally sunk by her own captain at Montevideo in December 1939.

Scheer then teamed up with heavy cruiser Hipper, to threaten the Allies' Arctic convoys to Russia. However, their ineffectiveness and/or timidity -- epitomized by the survival of Convoy JW51B whose escort of destroyers beat off both Hipper and Scheer and accompanying destroyers long enough that light cruisers Sheffield and Jamaica could intervene.

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27Apr09