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10th April 1940

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Events On This Day

Fierce action fought by five British destroyers against superior German forces off Narvik. One German destroyer torpedoed and believed sunk, three heavily hit and inflames. Six German supply ships sunk, in addition to Ravensfeld, carrying ammunition, which was blown up.

HMS Hunter was sunk and HMS Hardly was severely damaged and had to be run aground. However later, she capsized. HMS Hotspur seriously damaged and HMS Hostile was slightly damaged, HMS Havoc was on damaged.

Norwegian shore batteries, had sunk a German cruiser Blücher outside Oslo, and the Karlsruhe was torpedoed by HMS Truant off Kristiansand and was later scuttled by her own crew. however these events took place on 9 April 1940

Great naval battle in progress in Kattegat. About 10 German transports, escorted by warships, attacked by British and French warships. Four German cruises and five transports reported sunk. Hamar now said to be in German hands.

Norwegian government moved elsewhere.

Two British Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft in action over Norway, one German bomber was destroyed and three severely damaged.

Series of German bombing raids over North of Scotland. Two Heinkel's shot down in Moray Firth. Massed air attacks on Scapa Flow repulsed, three Luftwaffe bombers shot down by anti-aircraft fire, and at least one by fighter aircraft. No damage done to warship or other shipping.

Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp Destroyer
Sunk 10 April 1940

Z22 Anton Schmitt Destroyer
Sunk 10 April 1940

Königsberg Light cruiser
Sunk 10 April 1940

R17 R-boat
Sunk 10 April 1940

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Z21 Wilhelm Heidkamp Destroyer

Z22 Anton Schmitt Destroyer

Königsberg Light cruiser

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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