Algérie file photo [19193]


Ship ClassAlgérie-class Heavy Cruiser
BuilderArsenal de Brest
Laid Down19 Mar 1931
Launched21 May 1932
Commissioned15 Sep 1934
Sunk27 Nov 1942
Displacement10,000 tons standard; 13,641 tons full
Length611 feet
Beam66 feet
Draft20 feet
Machinery4-shaft Rateau-Bretagne SR geared turbines, 6 Indret boilers
Power Output84,000 shaft horsepower
Speed31 knots
Range8,700nm at 15 knots
Armament4x2x203mm/55 Modèle 1931 guns, 6x2x100mm/45 dual-purpose guns, 4x2x37mm anti-aircraft guns, 4x5x13.2mm anti-aircraft guns, 2x3x550mm torpedo tubes
Armor120mm main belt, 70mm transverse bulkheads, 40mm longitudinal bulkheads, 80mm main deck, 95mm turret faces, 70mm turret sides and roofs, 70-95mm control tower
AircraftThree Loire-Nieuport 130 seaplanes


ww2dbaseAlgérie entered service with the French Navy in 1931. Early in the European War she patrolled the Atlantic Ocean, and after a refitting at Toulon, France in Mar 1940 she participated in the transfer of French gold reserves to Canada. After Italy entered the European War, she bombarded Genoa, Italy. After the Franco-German armistice, she remained in Toulon along with the majority of the French fleet. For the coming months, she would sortie only once, escorting battleship Provence as the battleship returned to Toulon. In 1941, her aircraft catapult and seaplanes were removed to make room for additional 37-millimeter and 13.2-millimeter anti-aircraft weaponry and radar. In Nov 1942, when Germany made a move toward Toulon, Algérie's own crew set off demolition charges to prevent capture. The resulting fire burned for 20 days, rendering the ship useless. In Mar 1943, the Italians began to raise her wreck in sections; the work did not complete when the wreck was bombed by Allied aircraft in Mar 1944, causing it to sink once again. Efforts to break her up did not resume until after the war; she was not scrapped until 1949.

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19 Mar 1931 The keel of Algérie was laid down at Brest, France.
21 May 1932 Algérie was launched at Brest, France.
15 Sep 1934 Algérie was commissioned into service.
27 Nov 1942 Algérie was scuttled at Toulon, France.
18 Mar 1943 Italians began to raise the wreck of Algérie in sections at Toulon, France.
7 Mar 1944 Allied aircraft bombed the wreck of Algérie at Toulon, France, causing it to sink again; prior to the bombing the Italians had attempted to raise the wreck in sections.


Algérie underway, 1942; seen in US Division of Naval Inteligence publication ONI203French cruiser Algérie, 1942; seen in US Division of Naval Inteligence publication ONI203French cruiser Algérie, 1942; seen in US Division of Naval Inteligence publication ONI203Scuttled Algérie, Toulon, France, 27 Nov 1942
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Algérie underway, 1942; seen in US Division of Naval Inteligence publication ONI203
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