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French Battleships 1922-1956 (ePub)

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By Robert Dumas, John Jordan
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 64.3 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 180
ISBN: 9781473828254
Published: 17th September 2009


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The battleships of the Dunkerque and Richelieu classes were the most radical and influential designs of the interwar period, and were coveted by the British, the Germans and the Italians following the Armistice of June 1940. After an extensive refit in the USA, Richelieu went on to serve alongside the Royal Navy during 1943-45.

Using a wealth of primary-source material, some of which has only recently been made available, John Jordan and Robert Dumas have embarked on a completely new study of these important and technically interesting ships. A full account of their development is followed by a detailed analysis of their design characteristics, profusely illustrated by inboard profiles and schematic drawings. The technical chapters are interspersed with operational histories of the ships, with a particular focus on the operations in which they engaged other heavy units: Mers el-Kebir, Dakar and Casablanca. These accounts include a detailed analysis of their performance in action and the damage sustained, and are supported by specially-drawn maps and by the logs of Strasbourg and Richelieu.

Twenty-two colour profile and plan views illustrate the ships' appearance at the various stages of their careers.

There is so much detail and a few French Battleships that I could have carried high-lighting important information about each one but trust me this review would be so large and long and would take me more months than I can imagine. So, what do you have in this 232-pages of back book chapters, that cover the battleships Dunkerque, Strasbourg,Richelieu, Jean Bart, Clemanceau, and Gascogne, the book has historical information, design, the locations of the builds, black and white photographs, colour profile plates plus information of locations of battles that they fought in.? If I had to describe this book in one word “magnifique”

Would I recommend this fascinating book about these French battleships it would be a resounding yes, for anyone that has an interest in Naval History, French Battleships individually or as a whole,to the modellers looking for a diorama idea, or taking a look at the colour plates for accurate colouring of your own battleship this has to be the book for you

Like I said above "ce livre est magnifique"

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"Modelers of these ships will wear this book out, and the little details of differences and different appearances give a large variety of ways to build and detail the increasing numbers of new kits for this Fearsome French Foursome, and for accurizing older kits of these ships."

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"...the histories and actions are first-rate."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

Highly recommended.

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AMPS Indianapolis

I seriously wish more warship monographs were like this. It's a very tight, concise work which doesn't mess around with extraneous details. It manages to deliver a solid dose of historical and technical details without totally overwhelming the reader. It has a couple flaws here and there (propulsion details are a little sketchy, and there isn't much in the way of analysis of strengths and flaws), but it's still among my favorite naval references.

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Israel Book Review

The new book adds a "pre-history" chapter on French capital ship designs of the "Dreadnought era" through World War I, absent in the earlier French books, plus adds significant new material on designs formulated during the 1920s. Drawings and data have been found and published for designs for battle cruisers of about 23,000 and 35,000-tons developed during 1927 to 1930 ("that recently came to light in the Archives de l'Armament, Chatellerault"), adding very interesting insight into the origins of the Dunkerque class. Considerable additional data and illustrations have been added throughout concerning the ordnance installations on these ships. A number of very useful maps have been added.

Overall, the new English language edition of the books originally published by Mr. Dumas add a great deal of important information on these ships.

Warship International Fleet Review

About John Jordan

JOHN JORDAN is the editor of the annual Warship and is best known for a series of technical histories of French warships published by Seaforth. He has also made a particular study of the workings of naval treaties, this book being a sequel to his very popular Warships after Washington.

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