french Marine Nationale Française - French Navy Brestois (T51) [+1942]
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nationality french
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Adroit class destroyer (fr.)
Adroit class destroyer (fr.) Adroit (L'Adroit T23) (+1940)
propulsion steam
date built 1926
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 1378  disp (surf)
dimensions 107 x 10 x 3.4 m
material steel
engine 2 geared turbines, dual shaft
armament 4 x 130 mm (5.1") guns, 2 x 37 mm A.A. guns, 4 x 13.2 mm A.A. guns, 6 x 21"/550 mm torpedo tubes
power 35000  s.h.p.
speed 33  knots
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 08/11/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Chantiers Dyle & Bacalan, Bordeaux
Marine Nationale Française - French Navy
complement 100
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depth (m.) 2 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation 24°
war grave
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entered 04/02/2008
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last update 02/01/2010
Lettens Jan08/11/2009
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Lettens Jan08/11/2009On November 8th, 1942, French (Vichy) North Africa is invaded in Operation TORCH. Allied Expeditionary Force under the supreme command of Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, lands at Casablanca, Oran, and Algiers.

U.S. naval vessels and carrier aircraft engage French naval forces at Casablanca, Morocco. On the morning of 8 November, French force (Rear Admiral Gervais de Lafonde) makes a valiant attempt to disrupt the landings off Casablanca, but is overwhelmed.

French ships sunk at Casablanca are merchant passenger liner Savoie Marseille and cargo ship Ile de Edienruder by Massachusetts; destroyer Fougueux by Massachusetts and heavy cruiser Tuscaloosa (CA-37); destroyer Boulonnais by light cruiser Brooklyn (CL-40) at 33°40´N, 07°34´W; destroyers Brestois and Frondeur by U.S. ships; Light cruiser Primauguet and destroyers Albatros and Milan survive, but are forced to beach. Submarines Oréade, Amphitrite, Argonaute and La Psyché by U.S. Navy carrier-based planes; submarine Sidi Ferruch by planes (VGS-27) from aircraft escort vessel Suwannee (AVG-27); and merchant passenger liner Porthos, tanker Ile d Ouessant, and cargo ships Lipari, Ville du Havre and Saint Blaize and trawler Sentinelle.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
Allen Tony04/02/2008Brestois was a French Navy Destroyer of the L´Adroit class. Sunk by gunfire from Allied warships off Casablanca, Marocco during the Allied landing in North Africa on the 8th November 1942.
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