Eighty years on. 8th May 1940 (and 75 years from 8th May 1945)


It would not be right to let this date pass without mentioning that in five years’ time, all being well, I will be recording the end of the war in Europe.  But now back to the beginning.

The Norway Debate in the House of Commons continued. The Labour opposition party called for a vote of no confidence in Chamberlain’s government.  The Liberal party’s David Lloyd George, himself a former Prime Minister during the Great War, asked Chamberlain to sacrifice his premiership for the good of the country.  Chamberlain replied: “At least I shall see who is with us and who is against us and I call upon my friends to support us in the lobby tonight. I have friends in this House.”  However, his own party turned against him and he won by 281 votes to 200 and it was an indication that he should resign.  Note:  nowadays a majority that big would be counted a huge success)

Chamberlain talked late into the night with Winston Churchill, debating whether he should step down.

In China, the Japanese captured the town of Tsaoyang/Zaoyang in the province of Hupeh. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Suihsien-Tsaoyang

Game day 251. Japan

Japan collected 12 Industrial Resource Points.  None wer e available from Kwangtung because the Chinese had moved troops into the region and it was in a status of “disputed”. 

Japanese troops continued to move westwards to combat the Chinese.  Six infantry battalions clashed with two Chinese armoured battalions and wiped them out.  Two fighter squadrons attacked the six battalions of Chinese infantry who had crossed the border.  One battalion was destroyed, but both fighter squadrons were lost.

A convoy with six armoured battalions left Japan destined for Shanghai.

Credits:   Historical information:  http://www.worldwar2daybyday.blogspot.com, Wikipedia, Chronicle of the Second World War (JL International Publications, 1994).  Background image to game maps: Hasbro Ltd.

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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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