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Marcel-Bruno Gensoul

Given NameMarcel-Bruno
Born12 Oct 1880
Died30 Dec 1973


Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was born in the city of Montpelier in southern France in 1880. He joined the French Navy in 1898 and was promoted to the rank of ensign in 1903. By the time WW1 began, he had experience serving aboard various warships in Asia, Mediterranean Sea, and Syria. During the inter-war years, he rose in rank steadily, reaching contre-amiral rank in Oct 1932 and full admiral rank in 1940. He was in command of the large Vichy-French fleet at Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria when British Admiral James Somerville's Force H arrived on Jul 1940, demanding submission. Refusing to concede, the British opened fire, killing 1,297 French sailors. Gensoul would lead several surviving warships to Toulon, France. He retired from active service in Oct 1942.

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Marcel-Bruno Gensoul Timeline

12 Oct 1880 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was born in Montpelier, France.
5 Oct 1901 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul became an officer candidate.
1 Jan 1903 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was assigned to gunboat Surprise.
5 Oct 1903 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was promoted to the rank of ensign.
9 Jan 1911 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
6 Jun 1919 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was promoted to the rank of capitaine de corvette.
10 Jan 1922 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was promoted to the rank of capitaine de frégate.
2 Jul 1927 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was promoted to the rank of capitaine de vaisseau.
1 Oct 1931 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul was made the chief of the 3rd Maritime Region, based at Toulon, France.
30 Dec 1973 Marcel-Bruno Gensoul passed away in Paris, France.

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