Eighty years on. 24th June 1940


The French fleet was scattered at Dakar (French West Africa), Alexandria (Egypt), Casablanca (Morocco), Algiers & Mers-el-Kébir (Algeria), Plymouth (England) and Portsmouth (England).  Britain wanted these assets and moreso was determined that Germany did not take them.  French Admiral Darlan again assured Churchill that his warships would not fall into German hands.

The Franco-Italian armistice was signed at Villa Olgiata near Rome by French General Huntziger and Italian General Badoglio.  However, the armistice did not come into effect until 25th June and so both Italy and Germany continued fighting in France.  22,000 French soldiers surrendered in the Vosges mountains.

U-47 used her deck gun to sink the small Panamanian steamer Cathrine, carrying general cargo and wheat from the U.S.A. to Britain, some two hundred miles west of Land’s End.  U-47 gave the crew food and wine and set them adrift in the lifeboat.  They were rescued and taken to Milford Haven, Wales.

The British sloop HMS Falmouth sank the Italian submarine Luigi Galvani in the Gulf of Oman.

Japan formally requested Britain to close the “Burma Road”, supplying China through Hong Kong.

Game day 298. Germany

German troops took Paris.  The remaining defenders, Anti-Aircraft units, surrendered.  The industrial area of north-east France was now in German hands.   Elsewhere German forces continued to press south and west through France.

In the Bay of Biscay, the lone naval unit was aware that a substantial French fleet was heading southwards and took avoiding action by moving to the North Atlantic.

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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