Allied Warships

FR Brestois

Destroyer of the L'Adroit class

NavyThe French Navy
Built byCh Dyle & Bacalan (Bordeaux, France) 
Laid down17 May 1926 
Launched18 May 1927 
Commissioned15 Jun 1928 
Lost8 Nov 1942 

Sunk by gunfire from Allied warships off Casablanca, Morocco during the Allied landing in North Africa.


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Notable events involving Brestois include:

12 Apr 1940
HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN) and HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN) departed Lerwick for the Tyne. HMS Kelvin had to proceed stern first. They were being escorted by the French destroyers Brestois (Capitaine de Fregate (Cdr.) J.L.C. Kraft) and Foudroyant (Capitaine de Fregate (Cdr.) P.L.A. Fontaine).

13 Apr 1940
The damaged british destroyers HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN) and their escorts, the French destroyers, Brestois (Capitaine de Fregate (Cdr.) J.L.C. Kraft) and Foudroyant (Capitaine de Fregate (Cdr.) P.L.A. Fontaine), arrived at the Tyne. Both damaged British destroyers were then taken in hand for repairs at Wallsend.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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