Eighty years on. 30th June 1940


300 miles West of Brest, France, U-65 and U-43 attacked convoy SL-36.  U-43 sank the British SS Avelona Star, carrying frozen meat and oranges.  U-65 damaged the British SS Clan Ogilvy which was towed to Falmouth.  In the same area U-26 sank the Estonian SS Merkur  and the Norwegian MV BelmoiraU-47 sank the Greek SS Georgios Kyriakides, carrying sugar, West of Ireland.

The Germans began to occupy the British Channel Islands.  Three Germans landed by aircraft on Guernsey and demanded the surrender of the island from a local policeman.  The Channel Islands were demilitarized and partially evacuated since 15th June, considered by the British government as being of no military value to Germany.  It was, however, a boost to German propaganda as British territory occupied.  The Germans had previously dropped orders to the islands’ occupants to fly white flags to avoid bombing before the occupation.

It was revealed that Winston Churchill’s “We shall fight them on the beaches…” speech, broadcast by the BBC on June 4th, had been performed by an actor because the Prime Minister was otherwise engaged.  In any case, defences began to be constructed along the coast of Britain.

Game day 304. Italy

In Libya, eighteen infantry units moved eastwards to meet the British incursion from Eqypt, while a further six units moved south-west to block any treaty-breaking attack by the French in Algeria. 

Italy began to withdraw its armoured formations from the occupied zone of France, leaving three infantry units in place. 

In Italy, six armoured units moved to the coast north of Rome to be embarked for Tripoli.

The eighteen infantry units in Italian East Africa separated, with six moved north to threaten Egypt while twelve moved towards the Kenyan border to defend against possible attack.

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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