Eighty years on. 3rd June 1940

U-37 sank the Finnish SS Snabb with her deck gun west of Cape Finisterre.

The last of the BEF embarked overnight from Dunkirk.  Senior British Officer General Harold Alexander and Senior Naval Officer Captain William Tennant, toured the beaches in a small boat with a loud hailer to check that no-one was left behind.  On leaving Dunkirk, tenant signalled to Dover “BEF evacuated.”  Before leaving.

Churchill insisted on evacuating as many French troops as possible, so the Royal Navy returned in the evening.  Nearly 25,000 allied troops embarked from the port of Dunkirk and almost 2,000  from the beaches.   The shrinking beachhead and crumbling perimeter allowed German forces within two miles of Dunkirk.

The French armed merchant cruiser Ville D’Oran evacuated 212 tons of gold including sacks of gold coins from French gold reserves at Pauillac, initially to Casablanca .

The Luftwaffe bombed Paris, killing 45 or 254 people (sources vary in numbers).

The British began to evacuate Narvik.

Game day 277. Norway

Norwegian infantry attacked the German infantry east of Narvik from the south with no significant result.

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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