Well, the battle takes place during daytime, the most favourable conditions. I read the article in my research, and the battle really was tough to decide. Many people point to Leyte Gulf as proof of how bad Japanese battleships are. But one of the reasons for the Japanese failure off Samar was because of the Japanese using armour piercing shells, which often flew right through the unarmored American ships without exploding. Mistakes in commanding the Japanese ships was another reason for why the American fleet was not destroyed. As I said, it was really hard to decide, and it was very close. As you noted though, the Japanese has inferior radar and sighting, the Japanese had superior armour and had just so many guns that it would have eventually have hit several times, especially if the Missouri went to point blank range, like how I thought the battle would have worked out. It honestly could have gone either way.
Should the Deustchland class pocket battleships be called battlecruisers?
Their armament is as strong as a German World War 1 battlecruiser, and faster.
And what about the Scharnhorsts?
@superbattleshipyamato that ww1 BB is no BC, Scharnhorsts definitely yes, its not a BB, its got smaller guns but has speed
I didn’t mean the pre dreadnoughts, I meant the “heavy cruisers”.