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Operation Mousquestaire

French participating units

Aeronavale Units

French Commandos

French Paras

French Navy

l'Armee de'l Air

The Name of Operation Musketeer was in France as ( Mousquestaire ) From July 31th 1956, the counter-attack was viewed by UK and French Military

Headquarters;
The operation was led by general Keightley, helped by Vice-Admiral Barjot.
The operation was called "Mousquestaire" and the goal was to land at Alexandria and to take Cairo.

October 29th, The attack began on French paratroops were dropped from Nord-1500 Noratlases over Sinaï. Some F-86Fs of the French Air Force also took part in the operation from Ramat-David and Lod-Tel Aviv AFBs. They especially struck tanks and eighteen Llyouchine-28s on October 30th.

October 31th, 2h 30 AM, The DE Kersaint (D 622), destroyed the DD Ibrahim el Awal off Haïfa.

November 1st, The CC Georges Leygues (C 604) supported Israelian artillery at Rafah. Corsairs took off from the CVL Lafayette in order to try to strike an Egyptian DD ; but without success. A second strike took off from the CVL, and struck Alexandria AFB.

November 3rd, Eighteen aircraft coming from the CVL Lafayette and the CV Arromanches struck Cairo airfield. LV Lancrenon was killed by anti-aircraft guns.

November 5th Additional French (2ème RPC/ 2nd Paratroop Regiment) and British paratroops were dropped over Port-Saïd and Port-Fouad in order to take both towns. British troops seized Gamil - west of Port-Saïd, while French troops seized Port-Fouad and its bridge, which controlled the access of Port-Saïd.

November 6th The next day, first landings from LSDs, LCTs, LSTs and LCMs were carried on. British commandos landed at the east of Port-Saïd and took the town in the afternoon. French marines landed at Port-Fouad. Under the pressure of Americans and Soviets, the ceasefire was ordered on November 7th 1956. French carriers came back to NS Toulon in December. Only the north of the canal was taken by French-British troops.

Britain has committed itself to participate in the war with the Following number of Navy marine ships, transport, supply, landing, hospital and supporting vessels:
5 Aircraft carriers
4 Cruisers, 1 in Red Sea, Newfoundland
13 Destroyers, 1 in Red Sea
6 Frigates, 2 in Red Sea
5 Subs


 

Aeronavale units

14F squadron

18 F4U-7 Corsairs

Arromanches

15F squadron

18 F4U-7 Corsairs

Arromanches

23S squadron

2 HUP-2s Pedro

Arromanches

9F squadron

5 TBM-3Ws

Lafayette

9F squadron

5 TBM-3S

Lafayette

23S squadron

2 HUP-2s Pedro

Arromanches

French Navy Commandos
De Montfort Navy Commando Unit
De Penfentenyo Navy Commando Unit
Hubert Navy Commando Unit





French Paras
2ème RPC Regiment Parachute Coloniale
1 èr REP Regiment Legion Etranger Parachutiste
100 Soldiers of Shock Battalion of Legion Etranger Parachutiste Regiment
1 RCP Regiment de Chasseurs Parachutiste
21 RIC Reinforcement Companie





French Navy

France had committed itsself to participate in the war with the following number of marine ships, transport, supply, landing, hospital and supporting vessels:
2 Aircraft carriers
1 Battleship
2 Cruisers
4 Destroyers
8 Frigates
2 Subs


 

Type

Name

Penant

History

CV Multipurpose Aircraft carrier

Arromanches 

R 95

ex HM Colossus

CVL Light Aircraft carrier Multipurpose

Lafayette

R 96

ex US Langley

SS Attack Submarine

La Créole

S 606

was attacked by the French A/C during 4 /11 attacks

BB Battleship

Jean Bart

B 61

 

CC Cruiser

Georges Leygues

C 604

 

DE Destroyers

Arabe

F 717

 

 

Kabyle

F 718

 

 

Bambara

F 719

 

 

Sakalave

F 720

 

 

Touareg

F 721

 

 

Soudanais

F 722

 

 

Berbère

F 723

 

 

Malgache

F 724

 

 

Surcouf

D 621

 

 

Kersaint

D 622

 

 

Cassard

D 623

 

 

Bouvet 

D 624

 

 

Dupetit-Thouars

D 625

 

 

Vauquelin

D 628

 

FS FIGHTING Ships ( Patrol )

Le Corse

F 761

 

 

Le Brestois

F 762

 

 

Gazelle

F 736

 

 

La Pérouse

F 750

 

 

Le Boulonnais

F 763

 

 

Le Bordelais

F 764

 

 

Le Normand

F 765

 

 

Le Picard

F 766

 

 

Amiral Mouchez

F 752

 

 

Marcel Le Bihan

F 753

 

MSC

Acacia

M 638

 

 

Pivoine

M 633

 

 

Chrysanthème

M 672

 

 

Cyclamen

M 674

 

 

Acanthe

M 639

 

 

Jasmin

M 663

 

 

Ajonc

M 667

 

 

Azalée

M 668

 

 

Bégonia

M 669

 

 

Bleuet

M 670

 

 

Camélia 

M 671

 

 

Glaïeul

M 678

 

 

Lilas

M 682

 

 

Liseron

M 683

 

 

Mimosa

M 687

 

 

Muguet

M 688

 

 

Pavot

M 693

 

LSD

Foudre

A 646

 

LST

Laita

L 9001

 

 

Orne

L 9002

 

 

Rance

L 9004

 

 

Odet

L 9005

 

 

Cheliff

L 9006

 

LCT

LCT-9070

 

 

 

LCT-9071

 

 

 

LCT-9083

 

 

 

LCT-9084

 

 

LCH

LCH-9055

 

 

AS

Gustave Zédé

A 641

Ship of Admirale Robert Boufre HQ

ABU

Criquet 

A 761

 

AOT

La Baise 

A 625

 

 

Elorn

A 620

 

 

Lac Tonlé Sap

A 630

 

 

Lac Tchad

A 631

 

AK

Sahel

A 638

 

 

Giboulée

A 741

 

 

Liamone

A 760

 

ATA

Pachyderme

A 718

 

 

Bélier

A 719

 

 

Filao 

Y 638

 

l'Armee de'l Air

Unit

Aircraft

Base

EC 1/33

Belfort

Cyprus

EC 2

Mystere IVA

Akrotiri, Cyprus (later part of unit based in Israel)

EC 3

F-84F

Akrotiri, Cyprus (later part of unit based in Israel)

ET 61

Noratlas

Akrotiri, Cyprus (later part of unit based in Israel)

ET 63

Noratlas

Akrotiri, Cyprus

We are very grateful to Yahia Al Shaer for supplying the above information

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