Yes, of course I know about Plan Z....But that is not my point. What I was talking about was the quality of leadership in the Kriegsmarine. As I said in my earlier thread, outside of a few examples, their record was very poor. On those rare occasions when the fight was more or less fair, The RN usually got the best of them. Initiative was frown upon.
1) Marschall attacks and sinks HMS Glorious and escorts. Reader puts him ashore for having the gall to disregard an order to attack Harstad (which Marschall knew had been abandoned. The Admiral never went to sea for KM again
2) Captain Hoffman of Scharnhorst attempts to Lure Ramillies away from a convoy it is protecting with hopes that this will allow Gneisenau free to attack the then unguarded ships. Lutjens calls off the attack and reprimands the Captain for his actions.
The high seas fleet?s obsession with not taking risk tells me that their problem was only partially a lack of ships. It was also incompetence. At the tactical, strategic and planning levels.
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