Rooting through some family papers I recently came across a batch of small photograph prints, largely of scuttled warships, that my Grandad picked up somewhere on his travels as a member of the Merchant Navy during or after WW2. I have scanned them and converted them to black and white from sepia before enhancing them as appropriate.
Thanks to help from David Manley they have been identified as photos of the French fleet at Toulon which was scuttled in November 1942 which the Germans tried to seize when they occupied Vichy. I have no idea why my Grandad had these photos but having quickly trawled the internet, despite finding some similar photos here, I haven't found these specific ones, so I thought they might be worth sharing...
|Battleship Dunkerque in dry dock|
|Bretagne class battleship Provence left and seaplane tender Commandante Teste right|
|Vauquelin class destroyers Kersaint and Vauquelin|
|Vauquelin class destroyers Kersaint and Vauquelin again|
|Funnels of the Vauquelin class destroyer Vauquelin|