Bombing of French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir by British warships of Force H during World War 2
Oran Algeria Date:1940, July 3 Duration:2 min 33 sec Sound:Yes
Italian Axis newsreel shows final communications between French and British Navy followed by bombing of French naval units by "Force H" British warships at Mers-El-Kebir, Oran, Algeria during World War II. Close view of French Battleship Dunkerque at anchor as British note is delivered from Admiral Somerville via HMS Foxhound (destroyer) to Vichy French naval officer Marcel-Bruno Gensoul, with final warning ultimatum to join British cause (for French, violating terms of June 1940 French armistice with Germany) or be attacked by British ships. French and British Navy sailors exchange signal light messages beween ships. View from aboard French ships as British Force H warships begin bombardment of the anchored French fleet. Huge ship guns are fired. Smoke and explosions aboard ships and in water are seen as shells are fired. Sailors aboard French ships running at battle stations and returning fire. French rescue boats seen in water following cease fire. French Navy fire fighters train fire hoses on fires and extinguish fires. View of damage aboard French ships from British bombing.
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