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Editor says, what if Adolf Hitler had committed more resources to Plan Z. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Flugzeugtrager thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 1944,on this day the German aircraft carriers Graf Zeppelin and Peter Strasser are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Flugzeugträger Part 12: Battle of Leyte GulfOf the German carrier group that had participated in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, only the Tirpitz and the Prinz Eugene now remained afloat. It appeared an unfitting reward for the German naval architects who had managed to overcome immense technical difficulties despite their inexperience in building such vessels.
And with Japan unmistakeably headed for defeat, the question for Grand Admiral Erich Raeder was whether to support the defence of the homelands, attempt a breakout attempt or even perhaps consider a scuttling operation reminiscient of the Dreadnoughts in the Scapa Flow in 1919. But unbeknown to Raeder, the German-Japanese Atomic Bomb project was nearing fruition, and both ships would be required to serve as the delivery mechanism in an audacious second strike on Pearl Harbor. It appeared than Plan Z might well change the course of the War after all. This post shares some commonality with the sister articles in the Flugzeugträger thread.
Editor says, in reality the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi were sunk. Please note that in authoring this article we have re-purposed content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.