French Battleships, 1922–1956
This illustrated naval history presents a comprehensive study of French battleships constructed after the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.
The French battleships of the Dunkerque and Richelieu classes were the most radical and influential battleship designs of the interwar period, and were coveted by the British, German and Italian navies following the Armistice of June 1940. Using a wealth of primary-source material, this volume provides a full account of their development and a detailed analysis of their design characteristics.
The technical chapters are interspersed with operational histories, with a particular focus on the operations in which the ships engaged other heavy units. The book is extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs and technical drawings, including twenty-two color profile and plan views of the ships. An introductory chapter provides additional historical context with an overview of French naval craft from the Dreadnaught era through the First World War.
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If your interest is in the design and deployment of battleships in the French Navy after the Great War there is every reason why you should have this work in your collection, as it is a complete ... Read full review
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