[QUOTE=c.captain;126728]WWII was so disappointing when it came to battleship gun duels. HOOD destroyed almost immediately in her only engagement. BISMARK disabled by air first before being pummeled into submission by the RN. SCHARNHORST likewise being decimated in a one sided duel. Only the night action of the 2nd Naval Battle of Guadalcanal where USS WASHINGTON and SOUTH DAKOTA having a bloody no holds barred barroom brawl in Ironbottom Sound with the IJN KIRISHIMA was perhaps the only true BB on BB action in the war! The rest was bloody U-boats and flattops!
If only Halsey had left Willis Lee and his task force 54 at the exit of San Bernardino Strait then we might have seen the big fast US battlewagons against YAMATO in a real heavy weapons slugfest of epic proportions![/QUOTE]
No! No! No! You’ve forgotten the most glorious heavy gun duel of the ENTIRE WAR!!!
Perhaps the only naval signal in history as famous as “England Expects…” came when Commodore Harwood, at the end of the duel with the Graf Spee, inquired to Captain Bell of HMS Exeter if in his severely damaged condition (heavily flooded, listing, no main armament functioning, and steering only from the emergency steering in the engine room) he could make Port Stanley in the Falklands for repairs. Captain Bell signaled in return, “Would make Plymouth if ordered.”