Eighty years on. 1st June 1940


Overnight the BEF pulled out of the defensive line and headed for the ships, leaving French troops to hold a reduced perimeter closer to Dunkirk.  Good flying weather returned and renewed German bombing sank the French destroyer Le Foudroyant  and the British destroyer HMS Keith, and damaged the British destroyers HMS Basilisk and HMS Havant so badly they had to be scuttled..

The minesweeper HMS Skipjack was bombed after embarking 275 soldiers from the beach and sank  The British SS Scotia was bombed and sank.  Numerous other ships were badly damaged and many smaller ships were also sunk. Despite this 47,000 Allied troops embark from Dunkirk harbour and over 17,000 from the beaches.

With Britain now threatened by German invasion from France, British troops began to evacuate Narvik and return home.  The British ambassador to Norway, Sir Cecil Dormer, informed King Haakon VII that there would be a withdrawal.  The King, his son Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government were encouraged to leave their country.

U-37 sank the Greek SS Ioanna with a cargo of onions west of Cape Finisterre.

Hsiangyang fell to the Japanese.

Leopold III, King of the Belgians, was struck from the Order of the Legion d’Honneur.

Game day 275. China

China gained four industrial resource points and immediately deployed twelve more infantry battalions, six in China and six in Singkiang.

In the north, at map reference DL37, twelve infantry battalions attacked four.  The Japanese threw back the attack and the Chinese lost one battalion.

Further south, at DL45, two armoured and six infantry battalions attacked four infantry battalions.  Again the attack was beaten off.  The Chinese lost one armoured and one infantry battalion to the Japanese one battalion.

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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