Eighty years on. 30th July 1940


Low clouds and rain showers restricted flying all day.  Five German raids targeted the Scottish coast and North-east England.  At noon spitfires of 603 Squadron shot down one Heinkel He111 off Montrose. Further south, convoys were attacked off the coast of Essex and Suffolk.  Hurricanes of 85 Squadron shot down one Messerschmitt Bf110 off Southwold, Suffolk.  Overnight, there were a few small bombing raids over South-east England, South Wales and the Midlands.

The destroyer HMS Delight sank in Portland Harbour after being bombed the previous day in the English Channel.

21 nations of the Americas signed the Act of Havana, providing for an emergency establishment of a provisional administration “when islands or regions of the Americas now under the possession of non-American nations are in danger of becoming the subject of barter of territory or change of sovereignty.” Author’s note:  Was this in response to the “lend-Lease” negotiations, exchanging territory for war materials?

In the British parliament the Minister for Economic Warfare (a new title that I had not previously encountered), Hugh Dalton,announced a blockade of all ships in the North Atlantic carrying supplies to “enemy territory” , which now included not only Germany but France and all of French Africa.  Neutral countries would be granted certificates to cover essential needs.

Game day 334. China

China was in a difficult situation.  With all its territories now engaged in open warfare with the Japanese there would be no possibility to collect resources in August.  The only possibility was to beat the Japanese using the massive new infantry units raised in their previous turn.

As for units already deployed:  In Sinkiang six infantry units moved northwards to confront the Japanese invaders.  In China five units attacked two Japanese units.  One Chinese unit was lost, but the Japanese were forced back.  In Singkiang seven infantry units attacked four Japanese units, destroying one Japanese unit for no loss.

Thirty Infantry units moved east from the centre of Singkiang.

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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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