Eighty years on. 6th July 1940


British Force H returned to Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria, to finish off the French battleships Provence and Dunkerque.  Fairey Swordfish aircraft from HMS Ark Royal scored several torpedo hits on Dunkerque. One torpedo hit the French patrol boat Terre Neuve, setting off a massive explosion in a store of depth charges, which badly damaged the nearby Dunkerque.

The British cruisers HMS Capetown and Caledon with the destroyers HMS Janus, Juno, Ilex and Imperial shelled the Libyan port of Bardia.  They sink the Italian steamer Axum and damaged another merchant ship.  The British ships were attacked by Italian bombers, suffering no damage.

The British submarine HMS Shark, unable to dive, was captured by German minesweepers in Boknafjord near Stavanger, Norway.  She later sank under tow.

U-34 sank the Estonian collier Vapper  south of Ireland.  U-30 sank the Egyptian steamer Angele Mabro west of Brest.  The first U-boat base in France became operational at Lorient.

The city of Plymouth, Devon, was bombed for the first time.

The German government planned that after Britain was conquered all men aged between 17 and 45 would be deported to Germany as labourers.  The SS had prepared a list of 2,820 people who would be rounded up as dangerous adversaries.

Game day 310.  China.

China gained only two Industrial Resources, in Singkiang, and raised six new infantry units there.

Meanwhile the infantry in Kwangtung attacked the Japanese at map reference 116,47.  One of the seven attacking units was lost but the two Japanese units held their ground.

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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