The Germans could have been more threatening to the Royal Navy during the war had they not build the heavy battleships of the Bismarck, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst, and the Gneisenau.They all had a combined standard tonnage of around 150,000 tons. Four battleships which all met unsafe ends could have been replaced by six aircraft carriers. Along with the fact they were building one but had never commissioned it, the Graf Zeppelin. If they were to build any battleships at all, they should have never surpassed the Deutschland class battleship as those were smaller and more maneuverable than the ships stated above. The aircraft carriers would have made the Atlantic commerce raids more highly effective considering that the Junker 87s scored a great number of hits from land base and would have able to increase the threat to the merchant ships with torpedoes. The fighters would have been of great aid to the U-Boats and the Condors in their patrols and would have been able to alert nearby ships of their position.