Allied Warships

FR Le Tonnant

Submarine of the L'Espoire class

NavyThe French Navy
Built byF.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France) 
Laid down10 Jan 1931 
Launched15 Dec 1934 
Commissioned1 Jun 1937 
Lost15 Nov 1942 

Scuttled off Cadiz, Spain by her own crew on 15 November 1942.(Lieutenant De Vaisseau Maurice Eugene Leon Paumier)The Commanding officer was killed ashore?


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Notable events involving Le Tonnant include:

29 Feb 1940
HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN), HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN) and the French submarines Le Glorieux (Lieutenant de vaisseau (Lt.) J.C.P. Champel) and Le Tonnant (Lieutenant de vaisseau (Lt.) A.A.C.H.P. Secondant de Montesquie) departed Freetown for A/S exercises to the north-west of Freetown on 1 March 1940.

On completion of the exercises the British destroyers were to return to Freetown while the French submarines were to proceed to Dakar. (1)


  1. ADM 199/380

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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