Eighty years on. 28th June 1940


British Bristol Blenheims bombed Tobruk.  After the air raid, Marshal Italo Balbo (Italian Governor-General of Libya and Commander-in-Chief of Italian North Africa) was returning from a reconnaissance flight, but was killed when his aircraft was shot down by Italian anti-aircraft fire.  Marshal Graziani was appointed to replace him.

The Italian destroyers Espero, Zeffiro and Ostro were sighted by air reconnaissance and intercepted by a British light cruiser squadron from Alexandria.  Espero was sunk in the Ionian Sea, but the other two destroyers escaped and continued to Tripoli.  The British cruiser HMS Liverpool was hit by a single 4.7 inch shell, cutting the anti-mine degaussing wire

U-30 sank the British SS Llanarth, carrying flour from Australia, 250 miles West of Brest.  The British trawler Castleton went missing in the Orkney Islands, probably sunk by U-102 which failed return from patrol.

The Luftwaffe bombed harbours on the islands of Guernsey and Jersey.

The British government recognized General de Gaulle as “Leader of All Free Frenchmen.”

The Soviet Union occupied Bessarabia and Northern Bucovina, ceded by Rumania.  King Carol ordered mobilisation of the Rumanian army.

Game day 302. France and colonies.

The French army surrendered to the Italians and Germans.  The borders were redrawn.  Germany seized the resources of France.  Vichy France retained control of the colonies.

For game purposes the borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark were removed and the area known as “Western Europe” was amalgamated.

The French navy reached Oran in Algeria.

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.   Other maps and photographs Odhams Press Limited.

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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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