French Battleships 1914-45 -

French Battleships 1914-45



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On September 1, 1910, France became the last great naval power to lay down a dreadnought battleship, the Courbet. The ensuing Courbet and Bretagne-class dreadnoughts had a relatively quiet World War I, spending most of it at anchor off the entrance to the Adriatic, keeping watch over the Austro-Hungarian fleet. The constraints of the Washington Naval Treaty prevented new battleships being built until the 1930s, with the innovative Dunkerque-class and excellent Richelieu-class of battleships designed to counter new German designs. After the fall of France in 1940, the dreadnoughts and fast battleships of the Marine Nationale had the unique experience of firing against German, Italian, British, and American targets during the war. This authoritative study examines these fascinating ships, using detailed colour plates and historical photographs, taking them from their inception before World War I, through their service in World War II including the scuttling of the French fleet at Toulon in 1943, and the service of Richelieu in the war against Japan.

Product code: 9781472818195

ISBN 9781472818195
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H248xW184xS5
Series New Vanguard
No. Of Pages 48
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Illustrated By Mr Paul Wright
A concise and detailed technical history of the French Navy's last battleships and the role they played in the World Wars, ideal for enthusiasts of 20th century naval history.