Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by LaserT, Feb 28, 2015.
We only care about the Titatnic LT or maybe the Lusitania
Picture of the French Navy in World War II
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It's easy to dog the French for WW2 but in WW1 they lost 1.7 million men, dead. That figure is more than the United States has lost in every war combined. That's in 4 years...
Hahaha I've seen that episode at least 10x and never knew wtf Willie was saying.
That is an amazing number. But, ask the Russians how to really die, and win.
Pretty much winnowed out the courage gene from the nation.
isn't it crazy that those kind of boats (even 100 years older ones) made it all the way across the ocean?
The three decker ship of the line in the foreground is one of the last of its type in service. Steam ships had mostly replaced them by the US Civil war, and smaller sailing warships would have been used over the empire of Napoleon III (which ended the year of this photo). The French actually produced the first seagoing ironclad warship, The Gloire, in 1860.
As far as WWII, The French Navy fought the Germans, The Italians, The British, and the US at varying times. The British demanded they intern their ships in North Africa after France surrendered but they refused in a couple of places. The British navy sank several of their ships in port, to keep them from falling into the hands of Germany, killing over 1,000 French sailors.
The Bretagne was hit by British shells and blew up, killing most of the crew, like on the USS Arizona the next year.
Fun fact: France's military lost about the same number of dead fighting the German invasion in WW2 as allied bombers killed of their civillians bombing targets to liberate them.