French Battleships, 1922–1956
Imprint: Seaforth Publishing
224 Pages, color profiles and plan views
- January 2021
- In Stock
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 color profile and plan views illustrate the ships' appearance at the various stages of their careers.
"Highly recommended." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"The admirably annotated, indexed effort sports hundreds of photos and close-up shots. Color profiles, drawings, and schematics offer detail enthusiasts excellent references. And maps, tables, sidebars, captions, and chronologies further spice the survey." ~Cybermodeler
"...the histories and actions are first-rate." ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"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." ~IPMS/USA