Eighty years on. 3rd August 1940


Widespread fog in the morning and heavy low cloud in the afternoon covers most of Southern England and the Midlands.  There are a few German raids on shipping.  Overnight the Luftwaffe bombed Bradford, Liverpool, Crewe and the Firth of Forth.

Off the north of Ireland U-57 sank the Swedish steamer Atos.  One of the passengers was a sailor from the Swedish steamer Tilia Gorthon, sunk by U-38 on 20th June, being repatriated from Liverpool to Sweden.

Off the coast of Senegal the submarine UA stopped the Yugoslavian steamer Rad with gunfire and discovered she was carrying chemicals from USA to Durban. The crew took to the lifeboats and UA sank the Rad with a torpedo.  The crew were picked up by the British steamer Grodno and landed at Freetown, Sierra Leone.

British Somaliland on the East coast of Africa was surrounded by Italian colonies (Italian Somaliland, Ethiopia and Eritrea) and is a tempting target for Mussolini to win an early victory against the British. It was lightly held by about 4,000 colonial soldiers under Brigadier Arthur Reginald Chater, including the Somaliland Camel Corps, with little artillery and no tanks, armoured cars or anti-tank weapons.  In the early hours, 25,000 Italian troops commanded by General Guglielmo Nasi, with armoured vehicles including some tanks, artillery and air support attacked British Somaliland from Ethiopia.

The Japanese made an official protest against the U.S. aviation fuel export embargo.

Game day 338.  Colonies of occupied states.

The Colonies collected the following resources:  Belgian Congo – 1, Dutch Colonies – 3, French colonies – 6.  French Indo-China sided with de Gaulle’s Free French.

There was no further activity in the colonies.

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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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