|Le Dunkerque au Havre le 17 juin 1939 avec au fond le Strasbourg (Collection Wilfried Langry) / |
Dunkerque at Le Havre Harbour 17th june 1939
|Les marins du Strasbourg rendent hommage aux disparus du sous-marin Phénix disparu en 1939 (Collection Wilfried Langry) /|
Sailors from Strasbourg mourn fallen Phénix submarine disappeared in 1939
|Visiteurs admirant les pièces de 330 mm du Dunkerque (Collection Wilfried Langry) / |
Visitors watching Dunkerque's 330 mm guns
|Le Strasbourg quittant la rade abri de Toulon 1942 (Collection Wilfried langry) / Strasbourg leaving Toulon 1942|
|Le Dunkerque à quai au havre, le 17 juin 1939 (Collection Wilfried Langry) / |
The Dunkerque in Le Havrejune 17th 1939
Construction on the Dunkerque was signed on October 26 , 1932. Some critics will then rise , lamenting displacement below 35,000 tW . As we have seen, until 1934 , infrastructure is inadequate to arm such vessels. Moreover, at that time , only Germany built liners while the major naval powers were not planning new start of construction before 1936. The Great Britain wanted even revise downward vessel characteristics and line France did not wish to oppose its ally. It would also have been very inappropriate to start work on a 35000 tW battleship just before the next major disarmament conference. There was a great risk to restart a naval arms race.
A second ship is registered 26,500 tW, with difficulty, in 1934. This portion of the future Strasbourg. This year 1934 is important because it sees Italy in October announced the construction of ships of 35,000 tW . This news will take a disturbance in the French Staff. Le Strasbourg, including the start of construction is imminent, should it be replaced by a unit of tw 35000 ? The periods of study of a 35,000 tW are very important , the Strasbourg 's hold on set would quickly have a second battle cruiser . Improved protection will nevertheless requested by the Navy's Board of Governors.
|Le Strasbourg se mettant à quai (Collection Wilfried Langry) / The Strasbourg in french harbour|
The race for naval armaments is then re-launched in Europe. The next line of French ships will have a tonnage of 35,000 tW and answer Italian Littorios . These are Richelieu and Jean Bart . Two other ships were to follow , the Gascogne and Clemenceau. They were the French response to the Bismarck and Tirpitz German .