Vice-Admiral John Cunningham’s flotilla of three cruisers, five destroyers and three transports joined Mountbatten’s four destroyers off Namsos to evacuate the 146th Brigade. Luftwaffe bombing started as the destroyers moved up the Namsenfjord to begin embarking troops. HMS Maori was damaged by a near miss. In the evening the destroyers safely ferried 5350 men out to the cruisers & transports under cover of fog and night. 146th Brigade had lost 153 men killed or captured.
While the French and British were distracted by events in Norway and withdrew troops from the Western Front, Hitler prepared for his western assault against the Allies. 93 front-line divisions, including ten armoured and six motorised, were assembled to invade Northern France and the Low Countries.
Benito Mussolini proposed a deal with Franklyn Roosevelt. If the USA kept out of the war in Europe, Italy would not attack the United States!
Game day 245. USSR
The USSR collected 29 Industrial Resource Points from its republics. No further action was taken, except to commission industrial areas in Evnki Nat’l Okrug, the Kazakh Republic, Novosibirsk, the Soviet Far East and the Yakut Republic. The Soviet Union was now well prepared with industrial capacity for armaments.