FAN Brittany (BC-1917 (1937-mod))


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One of the ex-German ships that France received as part of the countries reparation package, the Hindenburg was only two years old when the ship arrived at Brest Naval Base and was renamed Brittany. The Derfflinger class was by far and away the best battlecruiser of WW1 and was only beaten out of best overall because of the Queen Elizabeth class.

The ship was a first class edition to the French Navy who learned a lot from the ship and used the knowledge in the production of later ships such as the Dunkerque and Alsace types. Due to the parlous state of French finances the ship remained virtually unchanged till 1934 when the decision was made to upgrade the ship so that it would resemble Frances other capital ships.

New bow, superstructures, aircraft handling facilites, propulsion systems, secondary armament and AA armament, deck armour.... the ship came out almost unrecognisable from the original ship.


Displacement 28,500 tons std 32,800 tons full load
Length 689 ft (orig) 717 ft (rebuild)
Breadth 96 ft
Draught 28 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 100,000shp
Speed 30 knots
Range 7000 miles at 15 knots (2,250 nm at 28 knots)
Armour 11.8" side, 4.1" deck, 10.8" turrets
Armament 8 x 12" (4x2)

16 x 5.1 (4x4)

8 x 37mm (8x1)

16 x 20mm (3x2 6x1)

Aircraft 1 (Loire 130)
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1300



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