Allied Warships

FR Bretagne

Battleship of the Bretagne class

NavyThe French Navy
TypeBattleship
ClassBretagne 
Pennant 
Built byF.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down1 Jul 1912 
Launched21 Apr 1913 
Commissioned12 Sep 1915 
Lost3 Jul 1940 
History

Sunk by gunfire from British warships at Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria on 3 July 1940.
The ship blew up with severe losses. Total killed were 36 Officers, 151 Petty Officers and 825 Seaman.
(Capitaine De Vaisseau Louis Rene Edmond Le Pivain). The commanding officer survived the loss but was injured. The French signed an armistice with the Germans on 24 June, after which her navy no longer formed part of the Allied forces. The Bretagne was therefore neither Allied or Axis when sunk.

 

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Notable events involving Bretagne include:


30 Apr 1940
HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN), HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) departed Malta to join the British battleships HMS Malaya (Capt. I.B.B. Tower, DSC, RN), HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. H.B. Jacomb, RN), French battleships Lorraine (Capt. L.M.L. Rey), Bretagne (Capt. L.R.E. de Pivian), Provence (Capt. G.T.E. Barois), French heavy cruisers Tourville (Capt. A.J.A. Marloy), Duquesne (Capt. G.E. Besineau), French light cruiser Duguay Trouin (Capt. J.M.C. Trolley de Prevaux) that were escorted by the British destroyers HMS Velox (Cdr.(Retd.) J.C. Colvill, RN), HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), the Australian destroyers HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, RAN), HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. R. Rhoades RAN), HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN) and the French destroyers Lion (Cdr. J.J.A. Vetillard), Lynx (Cdr. A.M. De Gouyon Matignon de Pontourade) and Forbin (Lt.Cdr. R.C.M. Chartellier).

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