World War I Cruisers of France: Amiral Charner Class Cruisers, Gloire Class Cruisers, Gueydon Class Cruisers, Léon Gambetta Class Cruisers

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General Books, 2010 - 68 pages
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Chapters: French armoured cruiser Leon Gambetta, French protected cruiser Chateaurenault, French armoured cruiser Dupuy de Lome, French armoured cruiser Pothuau, French cruiser Ernest Renan, French armoured cruiser Edgar Quinet, French cruiser Jeanne d'Arc, French armoured cruiser Latouche-Treville, French armoured cruiser Montcalm, French armoured cruiser Dupleix, French armoured cruiser Amiral Charner, French armoured cruiser Gueydon, Dupleix class cruiser, French armoured cruiser Waldeck-Rousseau, French cruiser Destrees, French armoured cruiser Jules Ferry, French cruiser Lavoisier, French armoured cruiser Bruix, Amiral Charner class armoured cruiser, French cruiser Troude, French armoured cruiser Chanzy, . Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 52. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Leon Gambetta was a French Navy armoured cruiser of 12,400 tons, the lead ship of the her class. The Gambettas were larger than previous armoured cruisers of the class, but they lacked the heavier firepower. They also were vulnerable to underwater attacks. She was launched on 26 October 1901 at the Arsenal de Brest. While on steam trial in December 1903, she struck an unknown pinnacle of rock off Black Rock Islands near Brest in fog and suffered considerable damage. Repairs were not complete until mid-1904. On the night of 27 April 1915, when 15 miles south of Cape Santa Maria di Leuca (the south-eastern tip of Italy in the Ionian Sea) in position, she was torpedoed twice by Austro-Hungarian submarine U-5 under the command of Korvettenkapitan Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp, patriarch of the Von Trapp Family Singers. Leon Gambetta was part of the French fleet based at Malta blockading the Austrian Navy in the Adriatic, usually from a position south of the Strait of Otranto. At this time the blockade li...More: http: //

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