British naval ships attacked the French Navy at Mers-el-Kébir in Algeria during the Second World War.

The 30th June 1934 saw the Nazis carry out a purge of their own party, when Hitler ordered the SS to murder leading figures of the SA or Brownshirts along with critics of the Nazi regime such as former chancellor von Schleicher.

The 6th June 1944 saw the largest seaborne invasion in history, when the Allied forces of the Second World War launched Operation Neptune – more commonly known as the D-Day landings.

The raid by the Royal Navy and British Commandos was overseen by Combined Operations Headquarters.