Eighty years on. 26th July 1940


Despite poor weather several small and large raids approached within 10-20 miles of the English coast but turned away when RAF fighter squadrons arrived. It was not clear if this was due to the weather, the reluctance of Luftwaffe pilots to engage, or a new tactic designed to draw the RAF over the open sea towards France.  Three Messerschmitts and one Hurricane were lost.

Fifty miles south-west of Stavanger the British submarine HMS Thames fired a torpedo intended for the German battleship Gneisenau heading for Kiel.  The torpedo hit one of the screening vessels at fifty yards; the torpedo boat Luchs which sank immediately.  HMS Thames was never heard from again.

Three hundred miles west of Ireland, U-34 fired three torpedoes at convoy OB-188, sinking the British passenger ship Accra carrying 1,700 tons of general cargo.  465 survivors were rescued by the British SS Hollinside, the Norwegian Loke, the sloop HMS Enchantress and the corvette HMS Clarkia and landed at Liverpool.  The British MV Vinemoor was also hit and sinking.  Her crew were also taken to Liverpool.

President Roosevelt used the Export Control Act to restrict the export of aviation gasoline and certain types of scrap metal to Japan without special licence.

In Japan the new government resolved to block supplies to China via Indo-China, while securing its own supplies from the Dutch East Indies.  They decided that if diplomatic methods failed, Japan should prepare for possible war against Britain and the U.S.A. within twelve months.

Game day 330. U.S.A.

None of the minor neutral countries having taken any action, the turn passed to the United States.

With the Burma Road now closed by the British, the convoys of supplies turned for home, including the ships loaded with resources for the Philippines.  The resources would be put to good use in implementing the naval expansion programme on the West Coast.

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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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