Marcel-Bruno Gensoul

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Marcel-Bruno Gensoul
Born 12 October 1880
Died 30 December 1973(1973-12-30) (aged 93)
Allegiance  France
Service/branch  French Navy
Battles/wars Mers-el-Kebir

Marcel-Bruno Gensoul (12 October 1880 – 30 December 1973[1]) was a French admiral who commanded the Force de Raid, based at Brest until the French surrender in 1940. At that time, the force was transferred to Mers El Kébir in French North Africa.

Gensoul was subsequently involved in unsuccessful negotiations with the British admiral, James Somerville, which culminated in the bombardment and destruction of the French Fleet on 3 July 1940. Gensoul never commented on these events.[2]


  1. ^ "Marcel-Bruno Gensoul is Dead; Defied Churchill on Fleet in '40". The New York Times. 1974-01-05. Retrieved 19 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Lasterle, Philippe (July 2003). "Could Admiral Gensoul Have Averted the Tragedy of Mers el-Kebir?". The Journal of Military History. Retrieved 19 November 2008.