Siege of Brest
A hazy summer day in Britain heralded the entire Home Fleet leaved port in Liverpool, loaded with 20,000 British Marines, towards the French City of Brest. Under the guise of friendship, the Marines got off in Brest, and disappeared into the city. French Regulars, 15,000 strong, thought nothing of this and boarded the British ships, supposedly bound for Hanover to aide against Prussian attacks. It soon changed.
At noon, the 4th of July, the French Tricolor was lowered over one of the Shore Batteries, and up flew the Union Jack. As if hell broke loose at once, every ship in the British Home Fleet fired upon their French counterparts, sinking all of them. The British Ships continued to siege the city, with the coastal batteries turned around, the British Marines occupying them fired upon the city itself, killing massive numbers of civilians and destroying the city. The British Home Fleet also leveled the city, and after a three hour period, the City of Brest was no more. The British Navy had sunk every French ship, massacred the 15,000 Regulars on board and dumped them in the harbor. From there, the British Marines embarked the ships once again and the British Navy steamed towards the British Islands, away from the devastated and destroyed port. [-15,000 Regulars from France. -5 Large Ships, -12 Small Ships from France.]