King George V class battleship quadruple turret Battleships
20th Century Battleships
19th Century Battleships

Battleships by nationality

Battleships of Argentina
Battleships of Austria-Hungary
Battleships of Brazil
Battleships of Chile
Battleships of France
Battleships of Germany
Battleships of Great Britain/U.K.
Battleships of Italy
Battleships of Japan
Battleships of Russia/U.S.S.R.
Battleships of Spain
Battleships of Sweden
Battleships of the U.S.A.
 

 
 
Famous Battleships
Yamato

Battleship Information
Battleship Types
Stacking up the Numbers
Battleships That Never Were
Battleships on Film
 
Discussion Forums
The Politics Forum
The UK Politics Forum
The History Forum
The Battleship Forum
The U.S.S.R. Forum
Quick reference
Construction
Ordered:
Laid down: 1 July 1912
Launched: 21 April 1913
Commissioned: September 1915
Constructor: Arsenal de Brest
Bretagne class
Ships: Bretagne, Lorraine, Provence.
Fate
Sunk at Mers-el-Kebir, 1940.
French naval ensign
 
Bretagne French super-dreadnought battleship

Commissioned in 1915, Bretagne served in the Mediterranean during the First World War.

Between the World Wars Bretagne was modernised, with new machinery.

During World War Two, like many other French ships, Bretagne sailed to Mers-el-Kebir to avoid being taken over by the Germans. It was there that the French fleet was attacked by the British on the 3 July 1940 when the French refused to agree to British terms to hand over or decommission their ships. Under gunfire from British Battle-cruiser H.M.S. Hood and Battleships H.M.S. Resolution and H.M.S. Valiant, Bretagne exploded and sank.

 
 

 
If you have spotted any errors on this page (Battleship Bretagne) or have anything to contribute please post it on the battleship forum.
[ Top ]