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A dreadnought is a class of naval vessel that was the result of an arms race leading into World War I. The British Royal Navy battleship HMS Dreadnought led the way towards warships that exclusively used heavy-caliber guns and usually powerful steam turbines. Other Navies had planned similar "all big gun" ships concurrently with the HMS Dreadnought, such as the American South Carolina class, and the Japanese semi dreadnoughts Satsuma and Aki. However, Dreadnought was the first completed and thus defined all similar classes of ships following her up until the "gast battleships" of the interwar and WWII periods developed from battlecruisers. Previous battleships relied on a mixed battery of few large guns with many smaller guns, and reciprocating steam engines for propulsion. Many early dreadnought designs like HMS Dreadnought, such as the German "Nassau" and Japanese "Mikasa", used an orthodox placement of turrets, with one pointing forward. The South Carolina and American battleships in general are notable for having all turrets in the now conventional centerline placement, with usually two pairs of "superfiring" turrets, where both turrets have the same limitations on rotation and thus can fire on an intended target in pairs. This design also allows for weight reduction and efficient use of the main battery in a broadside on either side of the ship. The Iron Duke Class featured in Battlefield 1 uses this center line placement.

Battlefield 1Edit

Dreadnought
Dreadnought-ship-icon
Vehicle passengers • 1 driver
• 3 gunners
(4 total)
Vehicle armor Heavy
Vehicle optics Artillery view
(cannons)
AA ring sight
(AA guns)
Main weapon 2x2 343mm BL 13.5-inch Mk V cannons
(Seat 1)
Main weapon ammunition per reload 4
Passenger weapon 2x2 343mm BL 13.5-inch Mk V cannons
(Seat 2)
Passenger weapon ammunition per reload 4
Second passenger weapon QF AA cannon
(Seat 3, 4)
Second passenger weapon ammunition per reload None
(Unlimited ammo magazine)
Vehicle speed Medium
Vehicle maneuverability Very low
Operators Italy or Austria-Hungary
(Empire's Edge)
United Kingdom or Ottoman Empire
(Fao Fortress)

The Dreadnought serves as a Behemoth on naval maps such as Empire's Edge and Fao Fortress in Battlefield 1. It is modeled after the British Royal Navy's HMS Iron Duke-class dreadnoughts.

It is able to accommodate a total of 4 players (the lowest of the three Behemoths, with the other two housing up to 6, despite the dreadnought being the biggest of the them). Seat 1 is reserved for the captain in control of the dreadnought, positioned on the ship's bridge, who also has the frontal two turrets at disposal, similar to the armored train's cannons. Likewise seat 2 has control over the two rear turrets. The cannons can not be fired independently but only in a sequential salvo when all four are reloaded. Nevertheless they deal devastating damage, a single shell being able to level a whole building and a full barrage able to turn even the heaviest fortification walls into rubble. Seats 3 and 4 control the single starboard and port AA cannons respectively, which also act as the sole defensive armament of the dreadnought. The midships turret and all secondary gun batteries are unusable and merely visual.

Depending on its position it can be only attacked by air or sea, being out of range of gun emplacements or tanks when on the open waters too far away from the coast line.

The biggest threat to the dreadnought is the M.A.S. Torpedo Boat, with the battleship defenseless against enemy torpedo boats right next to it. Dreadnought crews must rely on friendly aircraft or boats for defense.

Trivia Edit

  • There is currently an issue where players in the AA turrets can spot and shoot through the raised structure of the dreadnought at targets they cannot actually see. This same issue also allows airplane gunners to fire through their own vehicle.
  • Only one dreadnought, the USS Texas (BB-35) remains in good condition today, and is now a museum in the Houston ship channel, next to the San Jacinto monument near Houston, Texas. The IJN Mikasa, a pre-dreadnought, is the only older battleship.
  • Many dreadnought battleships where destroyed (USS Florida and first USS Washington) or repurposed (USS Wyoming and Utah) with the Washington and London Naval treaty limitations occurring in 1921 and 1930 respectively. Hence, why only one remains preserved today. Many dreadnought also served in WWII but where either sunk in combat or used in atomic bomb tests after the war, with their remains sometimes becoming popular diving or SCUBA sites.


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