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French Battleships 1922-1956 by John Jordan
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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. AUTHOR: John Jordan is the Editor of the Warship annual and a lifelong student of French naval history, on which he has written extensively. Robert Dumas, his collaborator on this book, is France's leading expert on warship design, and the author of numerous books and monographs on the ships of the Marine Nationale. SELLING POINTS: The most detailed study of these ships ever published, in English or French For warship enthusiasts these are among the most fascinating of all capital ships Heavily illustrated with photos and specially commissioned artwork ILLUSTRATIONS 180 images
Release date NZ
September 17th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
180 Illustrations
Seaforth Publishing
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