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French Battleships of World War One

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When war broke out in August 1914 France had only two dreadnoughts in service, with a second pair running trials. The main body of the elite Armée Navale was made up of the eleven battleships of the Patrie and Danton classes, both of which were intermediate designs with two main gun calibres. Older ships included survivors of the notorious Flotte d’echantillons ('fleet of samples') of the 1890 programme and their successors designed during the 1890s.

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