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Battleship Charlemagne

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    Country

    France

    type

    Battleship

    General characteristics

    Length (m):

    114

    Width (m):

    20,2

    Displacement (tons):

    11100

    Speed (knots):

    18

    Range (miles):

    Draft (m):

    8,3

    Crew:

    694

    Vooruzhenie

    guns:

    4 305 mm
    10 140 mm
    8 99 mm

    torpedo tubes:

    2 457 mm

    battleship Charlemagne

    the mid 90s French armored fleet, considered second in the world after English, is a unique conglomerate of warships, among which there was virtually no and two similar. This inconsistency makes it difficult to control squadron in combat. Common sense urged to abandon excessive extravagance of previous projects and to begin construction of battleships more traditional, test many types of fleets of the world.

    battleship Charlemagne

    important step in this direction was the laying of a series of three ships "Charlemagne". New battleships finally got artillery fire in the main two-gun turrets. They had a typical "French" protection: two very narrow armor belt along the whole hull and two bronepaluby with numerous cells and cofferdams filled with cellulose. Such reservation system is hardly satisfactory: because waist armor stood above the waterline only 1 m, and the slightest roll in combat could cause flooding of the ship through holes in the unprotected plating. In general, the draft new battleships strongly spoiled designers desire to limit their displacement.

    battleship Charlemagne

    Sharleman1899/1920

    Golua1899/1916

    18.3.1915 "Gaulois" received heavy damage from fallen into the submerged part of the projectile body with Turkish coastal battery. Battleship had run aground. "Gaulois" was repaired, but the 27/12/1916, he died in the Aegean Sea from the German torpedo submarine UB-47.

    Sen-Lui1900/1920





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