Eighty years on. 5th August 1940


Large Luftwaffe formations patrolled the Dover Straits and attacked convoys off the east and south-east coasts of England.  RAF fighters intercepted, and four Messerschmitt Bf109s and one Spitfire were shot down.  Several other raids approached the coast and convoys but turned back before engaging.  There was little activity overnight, only some minelaying.  The number of serviceable British fighters had increased by 55 in the last two days.

In British Somaliland the Italians captured the port of Zeila on the coast near the border with French Somaliland, effectively isolating the British colonial forces, and advanced on Berbera from the West.  The main Italian force, going across the mountains towards Berbera, was held up at Hargeisa.  Italian light tanks pushed back the Somaliland Camel Corps and other unarmoured British units.

Twenty miles North of Ireland, U-56 hit the British SS Boma carrying 10,000 tons of coal from Cardiff.  

British minesweeping trawler HMT River Clyde hit a mine and sank off Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Off South Africa the British SS Cape St. George hits the wreck of the steamer Rad (sunk by German submarine UA on 3rd August) and sank. All 65 crew were rescued by the British SS Grodno (which already has the Rad’s crew on board) and landed at Freetown, Sierra Leone.  

The Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic was incorporated into the Soviet Union.

Britain responded to the arrest of seven British subjects in Tokyo in a “tit-for-tat” operation by detaining Japanese businessmen in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Game day 340.  Germany

Germany collected 16 resource points, most of which were allocated to production of fighters and bombers. 

Three submarines slipped past their British counterparts and headed for the North Atlantic, while two more attacked shipping in Scottish ports.  One cargo ship was sunk but one submarine was also lost in the attack.  The other escaped eastwards.

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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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