Thoughts on the French Navy ship Jean Bart?


Yet another weird product of the Washington Naval Treaty, alongside the British Nelson-class battleships, and the German Deutschland pocket battleships, which was kinda of a mix of both: Concentrate all your armament in two main turrets, like the Germans, but put all those turrets forward of the bridge, like the British, all to save as much weight as possible.

The French are never cautious about innovation.


1915 Cruiser Bruix – Paul Wright

Amidst all the novelties of French warship design, some classes of ships stood out and caught the attention of foreign navies and amongst these were the Bruix class of ‘Colonial’ cruisers. Bruix and her sisters served the outposts of the French colonial empire as well as being slated for commerce raiding in the event of war. With a displacement of under 5000 tons, Bruix mounted a very heavy armament of 7.6″ and 5.5” guns as well as torpedo tubes and with a speed of 19 knots she was a well respected warship albeit a rather strange looking one. On a relatively short hull Bruix had an extraordinary spoonbill bow which seemed to serve no useful purpose beyond being some kind of ram, a somewhat outdated device in the early 20th century. Bruix served her country throughout the first world war in the Red Sea and the Aegean. She was broken up in 1920.

The bow cutaway was to minimize blast affect from the bow main battery.