French cruiser Foch

The Foch was a French heavy cruiser
Heavy cruiser
The heavy cruiser was a type of cruiser, a naval warship designed for long range, high speed and an armament of naval guns roughly 203mm calibre . The heavy cruiser can be seen as a lineage of ship design from 1915 until 1945, although the term 'heavy cruiser' only came into formal use in 1930...

 of the Suffren
Suffren class cruiser
The Suffren class was a class of four heavy cruisers built for the French Navy in the late 1920s and early 1930s.The four ships of the class were:* Colbert, scuttled at Toulon during the scuttling of 27 November 1942....

 class, that saw service in World War II. She was the first French warship named for the French Marshall Ferdinand Foch
Ferdinand Foch
Ferdinand Foch , GCB, OM, DSO was a French soldier, war hero, military theorist, and writer credited with possessing "the most original and subtle mind in the French army" in the early 20th century. He served as general in the French army during World War I and was made Marshal of France in its...


In the early part of World War II, the Foch and her sister, Dupleix
French cruiser Dupleix
The Dupleix was a French heavy cruiser of the Suffren type, that saw service during World War II. She was named for the 18th century Governor-General of French India Joseph François Dupleix....

, formed Force M, based at Dakar
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On 14 June 1940, the French 1st cruiser division with Algérie
French cruiser Algérie
The Algérie was a French heavy cruiser that served during the early years of World War II. She was built in response to the Italian Zara class cruisers, incorporating better armour than previous French cruisers....

, Foch and escorting destroyers bombarded Vado
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 near Genoa
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She was scuttled at Toulon
Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence....

 on 27 November 1942, in the Scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon
Scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon
The French fleet in Toulon was scuttled on 27 November 1942 on the order of the Admiralty of Vichy France to avoid capture by Nazi German forces during Operation Lila of the Case Anton takeover of Vichy France.- Context :...

, with open sea valves, plus charges to her main armament, to prevent her capture by the Germans. She burnt for several days, a complete loss, but she was salvaged on 16 April 1943 by the Italians and broken up for scrap.

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