Dunkerque class battleship

Dunkerque Class Battleship

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The Dunkerque class' was a new type of warship of the French Navy built during the 1930s, labeled as 'fast battleships'. Not as large as other contemporary battleships, they were designed to counter the threat of the German pocket battleships of the Deutschland class. They had a specific main artillery arrangement, with two quadruple 330 mm turrets forward. They saw war service, first giving chase, with the Royal Navy, to the German warships attacking the commercial maritime roads. Later, after the 1940 British attack on Mers-el-K├ębir, they stayed, under the Vichy regime control, in the Mediterranean French harbours, and were both scuttled in Toulon, in November 1942.


In 1922, the Washington Naval Conference, concluded by the Washington Naval Treaty, decided to stop, for ten years, any new battleship building, as a new naval armaments race was developing, between the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Japan, building or projecting respectively the USS Colorado and South Dakota class battleships, the British G3 battlecruisers, the Mutsu class and Tosa class battleships and Amagi class battlecruisers. The Washington Treaty stipulations concerning battleships allowed the United States to achieve three Colorado class battleships, the United Kingdom to build two battleships respecting...
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