While the U-boat dominated Germany’s naval war from 1942 on, its surface fleet played a far more significant strategic role to that point than is appreciated. The construction of that fleet was not the result of myopia but of considered appraisals of the German navy’s performance in the First World War and the development of naval technology during the interwar period.
"“To Die Gallantly”?—The Role of the Surface Fleet in German Naval Strategy, 1919–41,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 74
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol74/iss4/9