Bretagne Class Battleship (1913)
In 1916, the British noted that these ships were equipped with anti-torpedo nets.
|Overview of 3 vessels|
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- 1 Armament
- 2 Fire Control
- 3 Alterations
- 4 See Also
- 5 Footnotes
- 6 Bibliography
- five double 340mm 45cal guns, arranged on the centreline
An American observer was impressed that a single man could train the turret, as opposed to six to eight men needed in American ships.
- twenty-two 138mm 55cal guns in casemates
- four 47mm guns
- four 18-in submerged tubes
The Americans reported use of 15 foot Barr & Stroud rangefinders in triplex mountings.
The ships used a "cascade system", where the Post Centrale transmitted only to elevated fore and aft turrets, who then relayed the data to the neighboring, lower turrets. In the event that the P.C. failed to send data, the receiving turrets would function as their own mini-P.Cs. and send their data to the lower turrets.
The ships had no director firing until after World War I.
Fire Control Instruments
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1916. p. 118.
- Lt. Cdr. [[Herbert Fairfax Leary|Herbert F. Leary}}, quoted in G.B. 436 Investigation, 16 October, 1917.
- Robert Dumas. The French Dreadnoughts: The 23,500 ton Bretagne Class in Warship, Volume X Issues 38-9.
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