Book Review-‘French Armoured Cruisers 1887–1932’ by J. Jordan and P. Caresse
This is the first book in any language dedicated to the armoured cruisers of the French navy, and as such fills a significant gap in the literature. It forms the latest of a series of books by John Jordan in collaboration with various French colleagues, covering French warship-types, and is uniform with them in design and approach, with a particular focus on technical matters.
Thus, following an Introduction covering with over-arching remarks on the French design process, artillery, protection and machinery, the first nine chapters give detailed accounts of the origins and designs of the ships within the book’s scope. These are extensively illustrated with drawings of the ships and their details derived from official French plans, accompanied by extensive photographic coverage…