French Battleships of World War One

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Binding:Hardback
Published:June 15, 2017
By John Jordan (Author), Philippe Caresse (Author)

When war broke out in August 1914 France had only two dreadnoughts in service, with a second pair running trials. The main body of the elite Armée Navale was made up of the eleven battleships of the Patrie and Danton classes, both of which were intermediate designs with two main gun calibers. Older ships included survivors of the notorious Flotte d’echantillons (‘fleet of samples’) of the 1890 program and their successors designed during the 1890s.

When war broke out in August 1914 France had only two dreadnoughts in service, with a second pair running trials. The main body of the elite Armée Navale was made up of the eleven battleships of the Patrie and Danton classes, both of which were intermediate designs with two main gun calibers. Older ships included survivors of the notorious Flotte d’echantillons (‘fleet of samples’) of the 1890 program and their successors designed during the 1890s.

This book traces the development of French battleships from 1890 to 1922, and also covers the extensive modifications made to the survivors during the interwar period. It is liberally illustrated throughout with line drawings and labelled schematics, plus photographs from the extensive Caresse collection, many of which are previously unpublished.

This is the most comprehensive account of these ships published in English or French, and is destined be the standard reference for many years to come.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Ship Design & Reference
  • Hardback : 320 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (June 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1591146399
  • ISBN-13: 9781591146391
  • Product Dimensions: 11.38 X 9.66 in
  • Shipping Weight: 60.8 oz
Praise
  • “This is a book of exceptionally high quality with extensive contemporary photographs and sectional drawings adapted and translated from French Navy archives… this book is highly recommended.” —Australian Naval Institute
  • "French Battleships of World War One is a valuable work, with excellent illustrations, including many in color, and a necessity for anyone interested in the battleship or the naval side of the world wars." —Strategy Page
  • ‘Naval Books of the Year’. “This is a book full of great detail, clearly the result of much research, with the interesting addition of contemporary water colours, and one to be recommended to the serious historian and warship enthusiast alike.” —Warship

John Jordan is the editor of the Warship annual and a lifelong student of French naval history on which he has written extensively.

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PHILIPPE CARESSE, the collaborator on this book, is a leading authority on late-nineteenth-century French warships.

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