I´m fairly sure one of the paragraphs of the Anglo-German naval treaty served to steer the German reconstruction programme in a given direction. The agreed relation 35:100 was not just a general ratio set, it also had fixed subdivisions i.e. ship categories thus the actual ratio would in fact not be 35 pr. cent of the fleet but 35 pr cent within each ship category of the fleet. So to say the 35 pr cent tonnage from the battleship category can not be distributed into an armada of destroyers, Germany must herself distribute them as battleship tons.Tiornu wrote: Maybe it's best to articulate what the navy's role is before we start building ships for the sake of building ships.
It is hard to build for a specific purpose when you are forced to operate with a given tonnage in a given ship category, leaving you with a choice to either build a certain type of ship or "lose the tonnage".