The French navy in the 30′s.
Algérie was a French heavy cruiser that served during the early years of World War II. One of the last of the so-called “Treaty Cruisers,” she was considered one of the best designs commissioned by any of the naval powers.
She was among the ships scuttled in the scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon.
Gun deck of unknown French steam frigate, 19th century.
M1833 boarding Cutlass’s prominent.
Batterie de 14cm du cuirassé Magenta
Iéna was a pre-dreadnought battleship built for the French Navy.
Completed in 1902, Iéna was assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron and
remained there for the duration of her career, frequently serving as a
In 1907, while docked for repairs, 120 people died and Iéna was badly damaged by a magazine explosion that was probably caused by the decomposition of ammunition propellant.
Strasbourg with Colbert in the background at Toulon on 27 November 1942.
The scuttling of the French fleet at Toulon was orchestrated by
Vichy France on 27 November 1942 to prevent Nazi German forces from
taking it over. The Allied invasion of North Africa had provoked the
Germans into invading the zone libre, neutral according to the Armistice
Bretagnes underway in the 1930s as seen from the hangar deck of Bearn.
Formidable was an ironclad barbette ship built for the French Navy between her keel laying in late 1879 and her completion in early 1889. The ships of the class was designed in response to Italian naval expansion, and carried a main battery of three 370 mm (14.6 in) guns all mounted in open barbettes on the centerline.
Armored Cruiser Kleber-1904.
Protected cruiser Surcouf off Cameroon, 1916.
French sailors mount the guard.