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667633Richelieu_peinture

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January 17, 1939, Brest (France)

 

Over 3 years of work and here is the impressive Richelieu battleship, the most powerful and modern ship of the French navy finally completed. Overworked by a tight delivery schedule after many administrative delays, the engineers and workers cheer up, satisfied with the end result while World War II looms. At 248 meters long, a full capacity displacement of 35,000 tons a 30 knots capacity and a maximum crew of 1569, she is already the pride of the French flotilla.

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