Eighty years on. 20th July 1940


With fine flying weather the Luftwaffe attacked convoys along the south and east coasts of England and the east coast of Scotland.   The Germans bombed a convoy near Dover, sinking the SS Pulborough and damaging the destroyer HMS Brazen, which was towed back to port.  Brazen’s anti-aircraft guns claimed three German aircraft shot down.   The destroyer HMS Acheron was bombed and damaged by near misses ten miles off the Isle of Wight.   during the day the RAF lost five Hurricanes, one Spitfire and one Blenheim. The Germans lost at least six fighters, two bombers and a seaplane.

Following the Battle of Cape Spada in the Mediterranean on 19th July, six Swordfish torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle at Sidi Barrani sought the Italian cruiser Giovanni dalle Bande Nere at the Italian naval base at Tobruk.   Bande Nere was not there so they sank the destroyers Ostro and Nembo and the steamer Sereno instead as targets of opportunity.

Jean Decoux became Governor-General of French Indochina.

The British government banned the buying and selling of new cars.

Game day 324.  Great Britain

At sea three warships neared Gibraltar on their way to the Mediterranean.  Three more, off Brest, headed into the Bay of Biscay bound for the South Atlantic.  A single merchantman escorted by two warships continued across the North Atlantic towards the U.S.A.  Nine more cargo ships, aware of the presence of the German Navy off Scotland, remained in port, while five submarines continued to pursue the German ship without making contact.

In the Red Sea the warship heading for Singapore sailed into the North Indian Ocean while the convoy returning to Australia continued south through the Red Sea.

In the air, RAF Bomber command launched a successful attack on German factories, effectively destroying the new resource stockpile which had arrived from Czechoslovakia the previous day.  Fighter command held its four units in reserve to defend against enemy air attacks.

In Egypt six Australian infantry units moved westwards to support the British defensive line in Libya.  Further south infantry moved to block the intended Italian invasion of Sudan.  Eighteen new infantry units in Kenya moved towards the Italian force which had invaded.  It would take several weeks to reach the enemy positions.

Britain needed more fighter aircraft and naval units, but would be reliant on the U.S.A. for both unless British manufacturing could be improved.

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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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