Eighty years on. 15th July 1940


Low cloud and rain kept most aircraft grounded around Britain.  German bombers attacked industrial and dock areas along the Scottish coast with little damage inflicted, and Westland Aircraft works at Yeovil, Somerset was bombed, damaging a runway and a hangar.  Convoy “Pilot” was spotted by a reconnaissance aircraft in the Thames Estuary but Dornier bombers sent out to attack it were headed off by British fighters.  The first German air raid on Brighton occurred.

140 British commandos were shipped to Guernsey by the destroyers HMS Scimitar and Saladin, but Operation Ambassador went badly.  Forty men from No.3 Commando were ferried ashore in launches but found the German barracks empty and re-embarked, leaving behind three men who could not swim. They were later captured.  Other launches crashed on rocks or ended up on Sark in error.

U-34 sank the Greek steamer Evdoxia south-west of Ireland.   The Estonian steamer Merisaar, captured by U-99 on 12th July, was sunk by German bombing off Cobh, County Cork, Ireland.  The German prize crew was rescued imprisoned.

The results of the elections in the Soviet-occupied Baltic States were announced, reporting a unanimous desire to join the Soviet Union.

The British withdrew from Moyale, Kenya after the Italian invasion the previous day.

Alsace and Lorraine were reclaimed by Germany.  Although Germany had not formally re-annexed the old territory of Alsace-Lorraine from France in June’s armistice treaty, the moving of the customs line between the two countries to the old pre-1914 frontier served as de facto annexation.

Game day 319, France

The convoy bound for Indo-China left Tunis and sailed eastwards across the Mediterranean.

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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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