Tiera wrote:Mers el-Kébir was not inevitable - handling the negotiations about the fate of the ships could have been dealt with more tact (sending in a mere Captain to initiate the negotiations and lay down the terms was really stupid in retrospect) and no one would have died.
Besides, the Marine Nationale
proved two years later that, despite all its feud with the Royal Navy
(before, and especially after
MeK) that it was unwilling to give the Germans a single bolt of its ships.
When the Germans invaded the Free Zone and rushed to Toulon to seize the fleet, the latter scuttled all its ships (but the some subs which fled to N-Africa to fight with the Free French).
HMS Prince of Wales
GBNATO wrote:We are actually investing quite a large amount, the new Carriers are coming, new aircraft, new crowsnest helicopters and there is the new Type 26 GCS in the works too.
& HMS Camilla Parker Bowles