Eighty years on. 17th April 1940


The cruiser HMS Suffolk shelled the German airbase at Sola Air Station, Stavanger.  Suffolk’s Walrus seaplane, directing the fire, was shot down. Four German aircraft were destroyed.  Suffolk was bombed by German Ju88s and hit twice, forcing her to limp back to Scapa Flow.

The British War Cabinet approved direct troop landings at Trondheim after naval bombardment of the coastal batteries. Land attacks would be launched from Namsos in the North and Åndalsnes in the South.  General Hotblack was to command the operation, but suffered a stroke the same day.

U-13 sank the British SS Swainby north of Shetland Islands.

The liner Queen Mary arrived in Sydney, Australia to be refitted as a troopship.

U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull issued a statement in response to the Japanese declaration of two days earlier. He declared, “Any change in the status of the Netherlands Indies would directly affect the interests of many countries. The Netherlands Indies are very important in the international relationships of the whole Pacific Ocean … They are also an important factor in the commerce of the whole world. They produce considerable portions of the world’s supplies of important essential commodities such as rubber, tin, quinine, copra, etc. Many countries, including the United States, depend substantially upon them for some of these commodities.”

Game day 230. Denmark

Faced with overwhelming odds, and with only one infantry battalion remaining, Denmark surrendered and was occupied by Germany.  The remaining Infantry battalion was permitted to remain as a Royal Guard for ceremonial duties.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

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