Eighty years on. 2nd July 1940


Overnight, 12 RAF Hampden bombers attacked the German battleship Scharnhorst and the cruiser Prinz Eugen in dry dock at Kiel.  Two bombs hit Prinz Eugen.  Guy Gibson (of “Dambuster” fame) earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for this mission.

Off the coast of Ireland U-47 fired a single torpedo at the British liner Arandora Star carrying 1,299 German and Italian internees to Canada.  She sank within 35 minutes.  92 British, 470 Italians and 243 Germans were drowned.  282 British and 586 Italians and Germans were rescued by the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Laurent.  Following the repeated bombing of U-99 by the Luftwaffe in the previous couple of weeks, this was another “own goal” for the Germans.

 U-29 sank British tanker Athellaird and the Panamanian SS Santa Margarita about 500 miles west of Brest.

The U.S. Congress enacted the Export Control Act, granting the president authority to restrict the export of goods that had military applications such as machine parts, munitions and tools.

Game day 306. USA

The U.S.A. collected 28 Industrial Resource Points.  Six points from the western USA were immediately loaded onto two naval transport units on the East Coast for shipment to China.

The two convoys already en route to Hanoi continued.  The first, with 21 Industrial Resource Points, arrived at Hanoi.  The second, carrying 9 IRP continued towards the Caroline Islands.

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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