9 September 1940 – On this day
A force of three cruisers (Gloire, Georges Leygues, and Montcalm – all modern light cruisers and sister ships) and three destroyers had left Toulon in southern France for Dakar on this day.
Gloire, slowed by mechanical troubles and was intercepted by Australia which ordered it to sail for Casablanca. The other two cruisers and the destroyers outran the pursuing Allied cruisers and reached Dakar safely. Three Vichy submarines and several lighter ships were also at Dakar.