Naval Cruiser in World War II

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Naval Cruiser in World War II. Naval construction in the 1920s and 1930s was limited by international treaties designed to prevent the repetition of the Dreadnought arms race of the early 20th century. The Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 placed limits on the construction of ships with a displacement of 10,000 tons or more and an armament of greater than 8-inch (200 mm) calibre. A number of navies commissioned classes of cruisers at the top end of this limit.

The London Naval Treaty in 1930 then formalised the distinction between these 'heavy' cruisers and light cruisers: a 'heavy' cruiser was one with guns of 6.1-inch (150 mm) calibre or more. The Second London Naval Treaty attempted to reduce the tonnage of new cruisers to 8,000 or less, but this had little impact; Japan and Germany were not signatories, and navies had already begun to evade treaty limitations on warships.

List of Battle Cruiser in World War II:

CruiserPictureSpesificationsCountryYear
Zeven Provinciën class

Netherlands1944
Cleveland class cruiser

US1944
Alaska class cruiser

US1944
Minotaur class cruiser

UK1943
HMS Älvsnabben (M01)

Sweden1943
Ibuki

Japan1943
Baltimore class cruiser

US1943
Ōyodo

Japan1942
Juneau class cruiser

US1942
Atlanta class cruiser

US1942
Algérie

France1942
Suffren class

France1942
Agano class

Japan1941
Crown Colony class

UK1940
Dido class

UK1940
Project 68 and 68K ('Chapaev' class)

Russia1940
Capitani Romani class

Italy1940
Project 69 ( Kronshtadt class)

Russia1939
Town class

UK1937
Tromp class

Netherlands1937
Tone class

Japan1937
Brooklyn class cruiser

US1937
Admiral Hipper class

Germany1937
ARA La Argentina

Argentina1937
Canarias class

Spain1936
Project 26 and 26-bis ('Kirov' class)

Russia1936
Duca degli Abruzzi class

Italy1936
Arethusa class

UK1935
De Ruyter class

Netherlands1935
La Galissonnière class cruiser

France1935
French cruiser Émile Bertin

France1935
Mogami class

Japan1934
Duca d'Aosta class

Italy1934
Montecuccoli class

Italy1934
Nürnberg

Germany1934
Leander class

UK1933
Bolzano

Italy1932
French cruiser Pluton

France1932
Cadorna class

Italy1931
New Orleans class cruiser

US1931
Deutschland class

Germany1931
Ning Hai class

China1931
Veinticinco de Mayo class cruiser


1931
Takao class

Japan1930
Zara class

Italy1930
Giussano class

Italy1930
Northampton class cruiser

US1930
Leipzig

Germany1929
County class cruiser

UK1928
Almirante Cervera class

Spain1927
Myōkō class

Japan1927
K' class

Germany1927
HMS Adventure (M23)

UK1926
Emerald class

UK1926
Aoba class

Japan1926
Trento class

Italy1926
Emden

Germany1926
Furutaka class

Japan1925
Blas de Lezo class

Spain1924
Yubari

Japan1923
Sendai class

Japan1923
York class cruiser

UK1922
Nagara class

Japan1921
Irene class

Germany1921
Admiral class battlecruiser

UK1920
Java class

Netherlands1920
Amagi class battlecruiser

Japan1920
Graudenz

Germany1920
Duguay-Trouin class cruiser

France1920
French armoured cruiser Mulhouse

France1920
Kuma class

Japan1919

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