Operation Catapult - HMS Ark Royal & HMS Hood


In the decision to disable the French fleet at Mers-El-Kebir, Winston Churchill openly admitted that he had one of the hardest choices he ever faced a wartime leader. The fleet assembled was one of the strongest seen since WWI with HMS Ark Royal and HMS Hood being the two most important units. Codenamed Operation Catapult, the objectives were met but to this day is a source of consternation between the two navies.

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