French battleship Bretagne under attack during the Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940French battleship Strasbourg under attack at Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940French destroyer Mogador burning after being damaged at the Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940French warships during Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940
French battleship Bretagne under attack during the Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940French battleship Strasbourg under attack at Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940French destroyer Mogador burning after being damaged at the Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940French warships during Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria, 3 Jul 1940
Smoking rising from battleship Bretagne, Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria, 3 Jul 1940British General Edward Spears and French General Charles de Gaulle aboard Dutch ship Westernland en route to Dakar, French West Africa, Sep 1940
Smoking rising from battleship Bretagne, Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria, 3 Jul 1940British General Edward Spears and French General Charles de Gaulle aboard Dutch ship Westernland en route to Dakar, French West Africa, Sep 1940
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