>firepower in-between heavy cruisers and battleships
>less armored than a battleship
>faster than a battleship
>USN calls them "large cruisers"
>public at large calls them battlecruisers
>historians call them battlecruisers
>rest of world refers to ships w/ similar qualities as battlecruisers
>except for Nips and their unfinished "super cruisers"
Tell me /k/, are "large cruisers" really a thing or are they just battlecruisers with a shiny new American name slapped on them?
Well British battlecruisers had battleship-tier firepower with inferior armor.
German battlecruisers had battleship-tier protection but smaller guns.
Kirovs were called battlecruisers.
Call it whatever the hell you want.
When you say German battlecruisers, are you including the planned ones they had in WWII that they never built or are you just considering their WWI ones?
Additionally w/ the Brits is that only the case w/ their WWI ones, I was under the impression the HMS Hood was originally classified as a battlecruiser but was later just considered a fast-battleship like the Kongo-class was after their modernizations.
It was built with the same purpose in mind as the original battlecruisers; to hunt down and sink the cruisers of the previous generation. In my mind that makes it as close to a battlecruiser as the US has ever built.