French garrison in Le Havre and Lorient June 1940

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French garrison in Le Havre and Lorient June 1940

Post by Kelvin » 29 May 2021 05:58

Hello, everyone, I would like to ask if anyone have data on the defence of French troop OOB in Le Havre and Lorient in June 1940. I knew German took La Havre on 14th June 1940 and Lorient on June 21 1940.

I see IV/239e RI and IV/329e Ri and 204e postiton MG coy was garrison of La Havre in 1939, they still there when the fall of city in june 1940 ? And any Region Regiment also help guard the city ?

And Lorient in 1939 had IV/265e RI and 209e., 210e and 211e postiton MG coys, are they still help in defence of Lorient and any regional regiment in defence of city, anyone have OOB for those cities' garrison ? Thank

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Re: French garrison in Le Havre and Lorient June 1940

Post by Loïc » 31 May 2021 01:23

hello

I think both Places were largely evacuated by their garrisons before they fell

IV/239e RI had already joined the Groupement Duffour since ~25th may near Rouen

there were in Le Havre
IV/248e RI sent from Brest
IV/329e RI
detacht or battalion 31e RR but the regional regiments in these northwestern Atlantic regions were rather scattered than used as single-unit
Infantry Depot 32
24e Bataillon de Douaniers (Customs) but joined also the Groupement Duffour

these units were evacuated to Cherbourg or participated in others fightings in Normandy Britanny

in Lorient
IV/265e RI had joined Paris Military Govt. then 29e DI

last defenders around Vice-Admiral Penfentenyo prefect of the 5th Maritime Region and his Army deputy General Mussat seem few remaining sailors and soldiers from depots, maybe only the guard company of the Navy, a source more precise gives for the last fight the 21st june 1940
a section of the 209e Machine-gun company
a section of the Battery D of the Colonial Artillery Depot 31 (22 men)
a section from a 10e BDAC Anti-Tank 47mm
7 groups from Cavalry Depot 11

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Re: French garrison in Le Havre and Lorient June 1940

Post by Kelvin » 31 May 2021 12:32

Loïc wrote:
31 May 2021 01:23
hello

I think both Places were largely evacuated by their garrisons before they fell

IV/239e RI had already joined the Groupement Duffour since ~25th may near Rouen

there were in Le Havre
IV/248e RI sent from Brest
IV/329e RI
detacht or battalion 31e RR but the regional regiments in these northwestern Atlantic regions were rather scattered than used as single-unit
Infantry Depot 32
24e Bataillon de Douaniers (Customs) but joined also the Groupement Duffour

these units were evacuated to Cherbourg or participated in others fightings in Normandy Britanny

in Lorient
IV/265e RI had joined Paris Military Govt. then 29e DI

last defenders around Vice-Admiral Penfentenyo prefect of the 5th Maritime Region and his Army deputy General Mussat seem few remaining sailors and soldiers from depots, maybe only the guard company of the Navy, a source more precise gives for the last fight the 21st june 1940
a section of the 209e Machine-gun company
a section of the Battery D of the Colonial Artillery Depot 31 (22 men)
a section from a 10e BDAC Anti-Tank 47mm
7 groups from Cavalry Depot 11
Hi, Loic, thank for your help.

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