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World War 2 Battleships (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/8/2016

The battleship held its swan song in World War 2, superceded by the powerful and more tactically valuable aircraft carrier.





There are a total of (53) World War 2 Battleships (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1913
Andrea Doria
The Andrea Doria was one of two battleships in the Andrea Doria-class serving the Italian Navy in th... [Read More]
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1916
FS Bretagne (1916)
The Bretagne battleship served the French Navy throughout the bulk of World War 1 and operated throu... [Read More]
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1949
FS Jean Bart
FS Jean Bart made up the second of the two-strong class of battleships known as the Richelieu-class.... [Read More]
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1940
FS Richelieu
In 1935, the keel was laid down for what would become the newest and largest battleship-class ever t... [Read More]
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1915
HMS Barham (04)
To match the capabilities of the German Navy during the years leading up to World War 1 (1914-1918),... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Duke of York (17)
The King George V-class of battleships proved an important cog in the British war machine of World W... [Read More]
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1920
HMS Hood (51)
HMS Hood stood as the pride and joy of the British Royal Navy for over two decades. She was construc... [Read More]
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1927
HMS Nelson (28)
Ordered in 1922, the British Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson - along with her sole sister ship HMS ... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Prince of Wales (53)
HMS Prince of Wales served the British Navy for a few short years in World War 2 taking part in the ... [Read More]
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1914
HMS Queen Elizabeth
The British Royal Navy was the most powerful sea-going force by the time of World War 1 (1914-1918) ... [Read More]
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1941
HMS Roberts (F40)
HMS Roberts (F40) led a successful wartime career encompassing actions in World War 2 (1939-1945). S... [Read More]
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1927
HMS Rodney (29)
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1916
HMS Royal Sovereign (05)
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1946
HMS Vanguard (23)
HMS Vanguard (23) a British Battleship was being built late into World War 2 and when the war in Eur... [Read More]
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1915
HMS Warspite (03)
HMS Warspite (03) was a Dreadnought Battleship of the Queen Elizabeth-class in service with the Brit... [Read More]
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1900
IJN Asahi
The IJN Asahi was a pre-dreadnought battleship vessel in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy. Sh... [Read More]
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1915
IJN Fuso
The Fuso-class were "Dreadnought" battleships in service with Japan during both World War and World ... [Read More]
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1915
IJN Haruna
Haruna served the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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1914
IJN Hiei
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1915
IJN Kirishima
From the period between 1912 and 1915, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put to water four Kongo-clas... [Read More]
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1913
IJN Kongo
In 1911 the Imperial Japanese Diet (Teikoku-gikai) passed funds to support the Naval Emergency Expan... [Read More]
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1920
IJN Nagato
World War 1 (1914-1918) spurred many-a-nation to bulk up their naval power and this included the Jap... [Read More]
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1941
IJN Yamato
As the KMS Bismarck was to the Atlantic Theater so too was the IJN Yamato to the Pacific Theater. Un... [Read More]
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1936
KMS Admiral Graf Spee
The Admiral Graf Spee was a pre-World War 2 vessel of the Deutschland-class of German warships. She ... [Read More]
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1934
KMS Admiral Scheer
Admiral Scheer was the second of the three Deutschland class heavy cruisers ordered and funded by th... [Read More]
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1940
KMS Bismarck
The KMS Bismarck is undoubtedly one of the most famous sea-going vessels of the 20th Century. The Ge... [Read More]
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1933
KMS Deutschland / Lutzow
KMS Deutschland (later becoming the KMS Lutzow) was the lead ship of her class first ordered in 1928... [Read More]
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1939
KMS Scharnhorst
After World War 1 the British Royal Navy continued to guard its trade routes with a powerful fleet o... [Read More]
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1941
KMS Tirpitz
By 1935, Germany - now under the firm control of Adolf Hitler - backed out of the Treaty of Versaill... [Read More]
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1908
SMS Schleswig-Holstein
The SMS Schleswig-Holstein was a storied vessel of the German Navy that managed to survive all of Wo... [Read More]
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1942
USS Alabama (BB-60)
The American Navy became one of the most powerful fighting forces in the world during World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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1916
USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Arizona (BB-39) was one of two Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleships completed for se... [Read More]
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1912
USS Arkansas (BB-33)
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1921
USS California (BB-44)
USS California (BB-44) served as one of the key components of the American Navy push to Tokyo, Japan... [Read More]
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1943
USS Iowa (BB-61)
The USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of the massive and powerful Iowa-class battleships of World W... [Read More]
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1921
USS Maryland (BB-46)
The storied USS Maryland (BB-46) was born from the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918). The vessel w... [Read More]
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1942
USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
Following the events of Pearl Harbor, the United States Navy was given major funding to construct al... [Read More]
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1944
USS Missouri (BB-63)
The USS Missouri (BB-63) is one of the most storied American warships ever constructed. Few can lay ... [Read More]
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1940
USS Montana (BB-67)
To counter the growing threats posed by Japanese warships, particularly the mighty IJN Yamato battle... [Read More]
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1916
USS Nevada (BB-36)
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1942
USS New Jersey (BB-62)
Designed and operated in the early 1940's, the USS New Jersey saw extensive combat actions in the Pa... [Read More]
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1918
USS New Mexico (BB-40)
The first United States Navy (USN) vessel to carry the namesake of the State of New Mexico was USS N... [Read More]
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1914
USS New York (BB-34)
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1941
USS North Carolina (BB-55)
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1916
USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Succeeding the two-strong New York-class of battleships entering construction 1911 was the two-stron... [Read More]
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1916
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
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1942
USS South Dakota (BB-57)
USS South Dakota was built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at the Camden, NJ dock works and... [Read More]
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1920
USS Tennessee (BB-43)
USS Tennessee (BB-43) formed the lead ship of the Tennessee-class battleships in service to the Unit... [Read More]
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1914
USS Texas (BB-35)
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1911
USS Utah (BB-31)
USS Utah (BB-31) was a Dreadnought battleship belonging to the Florida-class revealed in the period ... [Read More]
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1941
USS Washington (BB-56)
The USS Washington (BB-56) was part of the United States Navy's two-strong North Carolina-class of b... [Read More]
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1944
USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
Though numbered before the USS Missouri (BB 63), the USS Wisconsin (BB 64) actually completed constr... [Read More]
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1940
Vittorio Veneto
From 1934 to 1942, the Italian Navy (the Regia Marina) funded construction of a four-strong class of... [Read More]
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