La Glassoniere class Light Cruisers

These were excellent ships, which the Allies welcomed to our naval forces in 1943. Like most French ships, these cruisers had very high speed but minimal armor.

One of the great tragedies of naval history is the fate of the French fleet after France's surrender to the Germans in 1940. Waffling by Admiral Gensoul about his intentions for his formidable squadron anchored at Mers el Kebir near Oran led to its massacre by a British squadron commanded by Admiral Somerville, under impatient, desperate orders from Churchill. On the other hand, French ships had many adventures.

3 of the class were scuttled at Toulon with the other French ships there, on 27Nov42, when the Germans invaded/occupied the rest of France.

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17May09