French Battleships: 1922-1956 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2009
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"Naval nerds delight! The magnificent tome, French Battleships 1922-1956, has been awaiting review for a year; it was not some thing to be rushed. John Jordan and Robert Dumas have turned their passion of studying French capital ships into a durable and valuable historical work of reference, which is also the kind of book which can in spire. As with the great book, "The Battlecruiser HMS" Hood, by Bruce Taylor, I think I will keep my copy of "French Battleships" under my pillow for ready reference." -- "Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy"
"Naval nerds delight! The magnificent tome, "French Battleships 1922-1956," has been awaiting review for a year; it was not some thing to be rushed. John Jordan and Robert Dumas have turned their passion of studying French capital ships into a durable and valuable historical work of reference, which is also the kind of book which can in spire. As with the great book, "The Battlecruiser HMS" Hood, by Bruce Taylor, I think I will keep my copy of "French Battleships" under my pillow for ready reference." -- "Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy"
Naval nerds delight! The magnificent tome, "French Battleships 1922-1956," has been awaiting review for a year; it was not some thing to be rushed. John Jordan and Robert Dumas have turned their passion of studying French capital ships into a durable and valuable historical work of reference, which is also the kind of book which can in spire. As with the great book, "The Battlecruiser HMS" Hood, by Bruce Taylor, I think I will keep my copy of "French Battleships" under my pillow for ready reference. "Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy""
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With good illustrations and a well written and informative text, the authors tell the story of these beautiful - especially in the case of the Dunkerques - but ill fated ships, which all led short lives and too often found themselves confronting the British and American navies rather than their intended Axis adversaries.
Apart from a wealth of interesting technical detail, the text benefits from the inclusion of some illuminating official reports, which let us see the ships as they were seen by senior officers at the time. There are also some good descriptions of the more heroic episodes in the ships' careers, such as Strasbourg's amazing escape from the holocaust of Mers el Kebir and the incomplete Jean Bart's last-minute escape from the Germans at St Nazaire.
There is also a useful analysis of Operation Catapult, which shows how the British actions were based on a completeley false picture of the situation, with respect both to Axis intentions and the likelihood that the French ships could ever be successfully deployed by the Germans or the Italians.
To be critical, there is an error relating to the machinery of the Bearn, which is wrongly described as 'all turbine' in one place (hopefully this can be corrected in future editions). One might also question whether there is really any point in including illustrations of the shore-based artillery at Dakar, interesting though these weapons might be.
From this reviewer's point of view, it would also have been desirable to have more internal photos of the ships and from later on their lives when they had been hulked. But these are minor matters, which hardly detract from what is an excellent book.
Even though there is lots to cover in a book of not too hefty proportions, the authors managed to get the balance spot on. There is a sensible organization principle into chapters, with highlighted 'asides', covering specific relevant details peppered in throughout. The authors often go into significant detail, which will definitely help the seasoned enthusiast but do so in a writing style that will also not alienate someone rather new to the field (although novices will probably have their difficulty understanding all the fire control issues encountered).
The two separate classes - the Dunkerque's and Richelieu's - led very different lives, with the first pair sadly being scuttled by their crews to prevent them from falling into German hands, and consequently seeing almost no action against their intended foes. Of the Richelieu's it was only the first that got completed and used in anger during WW2, with Jean Bart, in spite of intense efforts never having been put to use during the war.Read more ›
It does an excellent job of detailing the damage done to the four big French battleships (by the Allies!) and there were some surprises for me. I had not realized the loss of armament and issues with the secondary and tertiary guns at Dakar, Casablanca, and of course Mers-el Kebir.
Photographs are great and the language is English!
On the other hand, if someone looks for first-class reference regarding the latest French Battleships, the quadruple-turreted Dunkerque- and Richelieu-classes, he doesn't have to look any farther than to this book. Detailed accounts on both their design history and their actual build are complemented with detailed drawings and a host of technical data, including data on their armament. But this is only one half of the book - the other half is their operational history, including, even if limited, a discussion of the political background which led to tragic events as the "battles" of Mers-el-Kebir, Dakar and Casablanca, and which, more than anything, kept them from playing a major role in the battles of the second world war.
Great pictures and colour drawings complete the book, which is a fitting tribute to France's last battleships and the men who manned them. ("France's Last Battleships", by the way, would have been a better-fitting title than the one actually selected ;-))
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My initial perusal of this book was based on reviews in various naval annuals and mags - if anything these understated the quality and depth of the work. Read morePublished 26 days ago by R. McNaught
Having written about Soviet Warships previously John Jordan, together with his co-author Robert Dumas, has now turned his attention to French Warships of the post First World War... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Adrian Paul Flitcroft
I have read a lot about the British, American, German and Japanese fleets in World War II but had only read passing references to some of the other fleets such as the French and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by James Walsh
Superb, text and pictures, a truly great reference on some very beautiful ships, great for modellers as well.Published 19 months ago by Guy M. Hall
This book does not cover 'French Battleships 1922 - 1956', more accurately it focuses on the new Dunqerque's and Richelieu's, dating from 1932 onwards. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by Ralph Cook
This is a really good book, rich in detail and well illustrated. Anyone interested in navies of this period and these beautiful ships in particular will find a great deal to enjoy... Read morePublished on 26 April 2011 by Sean Corley
An extensively researched volume with a fantastic amount of detail on every aspect of these ships - Excellent range of photos and diagrams with outstanding colour graphics on... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2010 by Douglas Sutherland