German uses for French Fleet
Posted by Kevin Stewart on 1/8/2018, 9:15 am, in reply to ""... a small number of modern and greatly superior German capital ships....""
The most useful ships would have been Dunkerque, Strasbourg, and the cruisers and destroyers. At the time the Germans had lost 10 DDs, 2 CLs, one CA in Norway, and both Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were out of service with Norway battle damage, 2 other CLs and one CA were repairing action damage. Not nearly enough naval support for Seelowe. But I doubt the Germans could have manned these ships and I doubt the French would have actively fought *for* Germany.
Dunkerque *was* crippled at Mers-El-Kebir, but little other consequential damage was done to the flotilla craft most useful to the Germans.
Anyway, how would these ships have made it to Gemany or Atlantic French bases, through the Straits of Gibraltar?
But this is all 20/20 hindsight, and I'm glad I didn't have to make the call.
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