Eighty years on. 1st May 1940


15th Brigade’s train from Dombås crashed into a bomb crater, killing eight people.   The remaining British troops marched 17 miles through deep snow to Åndalsnes.

In the evening, Admiral Layton’s flotilla arrived at Åndalsnes to evacuate 148th & 15th Brigade. The destroyers HMS Inglefield, Diana and Delight ferried troops from the dock to the cruisers HMS Manchester and Birmingham.  Over 5,000 men were embarked overnight.  The British left behind 1,301 men killed, missing or captured.   The Norwegian General Ruge and his staff left on HMS Diana to join the King and government at Tromsø.

Mountbatten’s four destroyers arrived at Namsos to evacuate 146th Brigade.  Overnight fog prevented them all entering Namsenfjord, so only 850 French Chasseurs Alpins were embarked.

The Anti-submarine trawler St. Goran was dive bombed and sunk.

Norwegian troops at Lillehammer surrendered.

The Norwegian troopship Dronning Maud was sunk by German aircraft.

The old Norwegian minelayer Uller, captured and pressed into service by the Germans, was bombed and beached by a Heinkel He 115 of the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service.

Swedish Prime Minister Per Albin Hansson declared that Sweden would defend its neutrality “with all the means in our power.”

In the Kattegat the British submarine HMS Narwhal fired six torpedoes at a German merchant convoy carrying parts of 2nd Gebirgsjager Division to Norway.  The German steamer Buenos Aires was sunk and the Bahia Castillo was badly damaged.

The Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang began in China.

The Łódź Ghetto, with 160,000 Jews, was sealed.

Adolf Hitler set a date of May 6 for the western offensive.

Game Day 244.  France

France collected 10 Industrial Resource Points.

The convoy sailing from Algeria to Brest to collect troops for Norway sailed north past the coast of Portugal whilst those shipping from Marseilles to Narvik passed through the Strait of Gibraltar.

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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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