Eighty years on. 12th August 1940


With fine weather, the Germans tried out their new tactics.  Numerous coastal radar installations were bombed but most were repaired and operational by the end of the day, although Ventnor (Isle of Wight) was badly damaged and still be out of action. The Luftwaffe mounted heavy raids on British airfields in Kent (Manston, Lympne & Hawkinge).  Portsmouth was also bombed, leaving 100 civilians dead.  To test the effects of knocking out radar, the Germans also attacked convoys in the English Channel and Thames Estuary, sinking the minesweeping trawlers HMT Pyrope and Tamarisk.  Despite damage to radar and runways, the RAF responded to most of the attacks and shot down 55 German aircraft for the loss of 6 Spitfires and 9 Hurricanes.  The Lutfwaffe lost 7 more bombers to anti-aircraft fire.

The Italians again attacked British defences at Tug Argan in Somaliland.  They captured another hill, defended by the Northern Rhodesian Regiment, and captured two of the four British 3.7 inch howitzers.

In the Atlantic, near the Azores, the Italian submarine Malaspina sank the British tanker British Fame with five torpedoes.  Three crew were killed but Malaspina risked staying on the surface for a day to tow survivors in lifeboats to safety.

It became a crime in the United Kingdom to waste food.

Game day 347.  Colonies of exiled governments.

The Belgian Congo, with the Italians making aggressive moves on the two neighbouring British territories, took the precaution of recruiting infantry for border defence.

In the Dutch Pacific colonies, the opportunity was taken under the new production rules (see 7th August) to relocate the industrial facilities to the coast, to enable production of naval units.

For the Vichy French colonies, a test was made to see if they changed sides to support the Free French.  French West Africa and Syria changed alignment.

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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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