Eighty years on – 18th July 1940


The weather improved and the Luftwaffe attacked the Channel ports.  Fifteen Spitfires engaged thirty  Me109s off Beachy Head.  One Spitfire was lost.  The Germans bombed Montrose Aerodrome on the east coast of Scotland. Further south Germans bombers sank the East Goodwin Light Vessel.  Eighteen Blenheim bombers escorted by twenty-four fighters bombed German barges, assembling for the invasion of Britain, in dock at Boulogne.

RAF Bomber Command conducted night raids on the Krupp armament works at Essen as well as Bremen and Hamm.  The Dortmund-Ems canal was also attacked.

The French bombed Gibraltar in retaliation for attacks on French warships in Operation Catapault. Many of the bombs were dropped into the sea, by accident or design.

The British cruiser HMS Cumberland left Simonstown, near Cape Town, South Africa looking for the German armed merchant cruiser Thor, 2000 miles away off the coast of Brazil.

U-99 sank the British SS Woodbury, carrying 5,500 tons of canned meat and wheat, and 2,500 tons of general cargo, 150 miles south-west of Ireland.

U-58 sank the Norwegian steamer Gyda , carrying 1,980 tons of salt, north-west of Ireland.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated almost unanimously at the Democratic National Convention to run for an unprecedented third term as President of the United States.  Henry A. Wallace of Iowa was selected as Roosevelt’s running mate.

Game day 322. USA

No action was taken by any of the minor neutral nations, so the turn passed to the USA.

The supply convoy for Sinkiang reached its destination.  (Despite yesterday’s historical announcement of the closure of the Burma Road by Britain, Britain has not had a chance in the game to impose this ruling).

The convoys crossing the Pacific in both directions continued on their routes, reaching Hawaii and the Philippines.  The empty convoy in the Philippines loaded up eighteen resource points.

In line with President Roosevelt’s instructions, military production was ramped up. A force of six bomber units was commissioned in Eastern USA.

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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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