Could Admiral Gensoul Have Averted the Tragedy of Mers el-Kebir?

  title={Could Admiral Gensoul Have Averted the Tragedy of Mers el-Kebir?},
  author={Philippe Lasterle},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={835 - 844}
  • Philippe Lasterle
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • The Journal of Military History
  • The career of French Admiral Marcel Gensoul collapsed in the virtual destruction by the Royal Navy of the fleet under his command at Mers el-Kébir, near Oran, Algeria, on 3 July 1940. Until that tragic day, Gensoul had been considered one of France's most promising naval officers. Since then, however, the French have known him only as "the man of Mers el-Kébir." Gensoul did nothing to shake off this unfortunate reputation. He never wrote his memoirs and never offered a public defense of his… CONTINUE READING


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