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L'histoire navale du cuirassé francais Danton, Mirabeau, Diderot, Condorcet, Vergniaud et Voltaire, depuis son chaloupe et les événements importants de sa vie.

The Danton class French battleships included Danton, Mirabeau, Diderot, Condorcet, Vergniaud and Voltaire. These French battleships were the first to be completed with turbine engines, Designed by L'Homme as part of hte 1906 naval programme. They  saw service during the first world war.

Displacement: 18,318 tons normal ,  19,800 tons full load. Speed: 19.2 knots.  range: 3,370 nautical mile at 10 knots. Compliment: 920 to 923 during wartime (681 peacetime).  Armament: Four 12 - inch Guns  Twelve 9.4-inch guns (240mm)  Sixteen  75mm   Ten  47mm. (these were only added during wartime) Two 17.7-inch Torpedo tubes submerged.

Condorcet.   Built by A C de la Loire at St Nazire and launched on the 20th August 1909, completed 25th July 1911.  and commissioned on the 1st  October 1911. At the outbreak of world war one  Condorcet was part of the First squadron of the French fleet were stationed in Greek waters and the Adriatic and it was there that Condorcet along with her sister ships sunk the Austro-Hungarian cruiser Zenta on the 16th August 1914.   She remained in Greek waters until the end of World war One.  In 1931, after her deletion form the French naval squadrons, she became a depot ship for the Torpedo school, while serving in this role she was fitted with some deck torpedo tubes. She finally was hulked and became a barrack ship in Toulon, ion the 27th November 1942 she was damaged by an explosion but remained afloat. and after occupation by the German she was used by the German Navy as a barrack shop, An allied air raid in August 1944 seriously damaged  the German navy sunk her  in shallow waters, She was re-floated in September 1944 and sold for breaking up on 14th December 1945.

Danton   Built by Arsenal de Brest and launched 4th June 1909, completed and commissioned  1st June 1911.  At the outbreak of world war one, Danton was serving with the 1st Fleet in the Mediterranean  in Greek waters with her sister ships, but on the 19th March 1917, she was torpedoed and sunk by U-64 off the coast of Sardinia

Diderot:  Built by A C de la Loire at St Naziare. and launched 19th March 1909 and completed 1 August 1911.   Served with the 1st Feet at the outbreak of world war one and serve din the Mediterranean with her sister ships,  Joined thru Aegean Sea squadron in 1918 barring a expected Central powers break out from the Dardanelle's, also part of the Allied fleets at Constantinople on the 13th November 1918. and finally scrapped in 1937.

MIRABEAU.  Built by Arsenal de Lorient and launched on the 28th October 1909 completed 1st August 1911. joined the 1st Fleet and was there on the outbreak of world war one, spent her service life in the Mediterranean with her sister ships, in Greek waters stationed of Athens  as part of the pro allied demonstration and fired four shells which landed near the royal palace, this helped force the Greek government to back the allied cause. left Corfu to Mudros to join the Aegean Se a squadron and help the feared central Powers break out at the Dardanelle's and on the 13th November  1918 was stationed at Constantinople.  after which along with her sister ship Vergniaud went into the Black Sea to engage Bolsheviks forces and operate around Sevastopol. on the 13th February she ran aground in a snow storm off the Crimean Coast. After removing the forward turret along with the barbette and armour, she was salvaged in April 1919. after this she was used for experimental work  including being used as a target  during 1921 and 1922. until finally being scrapped in 1928 

VERGNIAD.  Built by C De la Gironde at Bordeaux and launched 12th march 1910 and completed 22nd September 1911.  Joined the 1st Fleet and was there on the outbreak of world war one, spent her service life in the Mediterranean with her sister ships, in Greek waters stationed of Athens  as part of the pro allied demonstration. this helped force the Greek government to back the allied cause. left Corfu to Mudros to join the Aegean Se a squadron and help the feared central Powers break out at the Dardanelle's and on the 13th November  1918 was stationed at Constantinople.  after which along with her sister ship Mirabeau went into the Black Sea to engage Bolsheviks forces and operate around Sevastopol.  After service with the french Fleet she was used for experiments from October 1921 until being scrapped and broken up in October 1929

VOLTAIRE.  Built by F C de la Mediterranee at La Seyne. and launched 16th January 1909 and completed 1st August 1911. Joined the 1st Fleet and was there on the outbreak of world war one, spent her service life in the Mediterranean with her sister ships, in Greek waters stationed of Athens  as part of the pro allied demonstration. this helped force the Greek government to back the allied cause.  On October 11th 1918 she was hit by two torpedoes  from  U48  but not seriously damaged. she was stricken form the navy in 1935 finally being broken up in 1938.

Condorcet 20th August 1909 Taken off the list in 1931.
Danton 4th July 1909 Sunk by torpedo from U64 on 19th March 1917.
Diderot 19th April 1909 Broken up in 1937.
Mirabeau 28th October 1909 Salvaged after grounding herself in February 1919 and then used for target.
Vergniaud 12th April 1910 Taken off list in 1921 and used for target practice until 1926 Sold in 1927 and broken up for scrap in 1929.
Voltaire 16th January 1909 Torpedoed twice by UB48 on 10th October but was not sunk. Taken off list in 1935 and scrapped 1939.

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French battleship Condorcet and a British Destroyer in port.

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French Battleship Mirabeau.  Sent in by George Needham

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The launch of Vergniaud, 12th April 1910

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 Returning from a dogfight raid over Germany, B-24s of 93rd Bomb Group fly low over an East Anglian fishing village on Britains east coast.
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 Flying as Leader of B Flight, 41 Sqn, on 15th August 1940, Pilot Officer Ted Shipman and the rest of his flight found themselves among a mass of Messerschmitt Bf.110s that had been detailed to escort a bomber force of Heinkel He111s on a raid on the North of England.  Having made one head-on attack on one of the Bf.110s, Shipman manoeuvred his Spitfire Mk.1 onto the tail of another and fired a long burst into it.  This was M8+CH of Oberleutnant Hans-Ulrich Kettling of 1./ZG76 and rear Gunner / Radio Operator O/ Gefr Volk, whose starboard engine burst into flames and disappeared into the dense cloudbase.  Shipman claimed this initially as a probable, but it was later confirmed as a victory when the aircraft was found to have crash landed at Streatham Nr Barnard Castle.  Spitfire K9805 (EB-L) is depicted breaking off the attack as Kettling's stricken Bf.110 begins to burn.  Ted Shipman would go on to serve with the Royal Air Force until December 1959 retiring as a Wing Commander.  Ted would also go onto become friends with  Hans-Ulrich Kettling, the pilot he shot down.

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One of the most decisive battles in the history of the Royal Navy, Nelsons defeat of the French fleet took place on 21st October 1805 off Cape Trafalgar and was conducted with not a single British ship lost, although few ships escaped severe punishment and loss of life on both sides was tragically high

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 Admiral von Spees Flagship SMS Scharnhorst leads SMS Gneisenau in the opening stages of engaging the Royal Naval ships east of the Falklands, 8th December 1914.

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 Depicting the 5th Virginia Infantrymen advancing across open ground.

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 Camerons and Stuarts attack the centre and flank of Barrells Regiment (4th Foot) at the Battle of Culloden.

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Perfect Finish by Peter Cornwell.
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