LWD wrote:But neither was it built just to be scrapped or just to be sunk by RN fleet units. Indeed there is considerable question as to why the Bismarck's were built. A pretty decent case can be mad for it being: "So Germany will have a pair or world class modern battleships". If so they fullfilled that role while they were above water.
If success is measured by that metric then there really isn't any reason to debate this topic, since every ship launched that didn't immediate sink is a success.
Was it? You have a source that shows that was the one and only mission?
OK, I'll play along. Why did the Germans build a +50T warship armed with 15" guns?
But of course Tirpitz did sail a number of times and the mere threat of her sailing affect those LOCs didn't it.
Unless I am mistaken, PQ17 was the only convoy that was negatively affected by Tirpitz's actions, and to be accurate the losses incurred came from air and sub forces.
But what were their aims? In some cases it is publicity in others it appears that contrary to your assumption installing fear was the objective.
Publicity brings recognition, and then your demands are heard, backed by threats if not met. This is a terrorist in the classic sense. The IRA, PLO, etc. Fear, just for the sake of fear, is the work of a psychopath. I may be splitting hairs here, but there is a difference. The former operate for a cause. The latter just wants to see the arms and legs fly.
I disagree. She only fails if she performs no useful function and sitting in Trondhiem she was performing a useful function. Now that utility did decline as the war advanced but then so did her utility for anything else.
Which brings up back to whether or not her construction was a waste of resources. In a way its similar to the debate whether or not to build to finish the Vanguard.
If you judge whether something was a waste by success or failure then the ultimate conclusion is that the Wehrmacht as a whole was a failure. No need to single out any one component or vehicle.
Well, they did start a war and...they lost. Success or failure?