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12th December 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that Kriegsmarine merchant ship Rhein had been captured by Dutch sloop Van Kinsbergen. HMS drifter, Evening Primrose, attacked by Luftwaffe bomber in North Sea, brought raider down in flames.

The war against Italy, More than 20,000 prisoners, with tanks and guns, taken in Western Desert. Enemy retreat continuing. Royal Navy cooperated by bombarding focal points of enemy's retreat. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Continued ceaseless bombing of aerodromes and troops. British naval units carried out bombardment of Kisinayu, Italian Somaliland, damaging Italian supplies.

Small formations of Luftwaffe aircraft crossed Kent coast, but were intercepted by Fighters. Few bombs fell on outskirts of London and at places in Southeast.

During the night Luftwaffe raiders attacked Sheffield Incendiaries started many fires. Streets blocked by wrecked tramcars and debris of buildings. Many churches hit or damaged by blast. London was also raided, as well as Liverpool and towns in East Anglia, Northeast and North West England.

Three Luftwaffe aircraft shot down over Southeast England, and one Luftwaffe bomber off South West coast.

The Greek War, Greeks advancing along coast and nearing Himara. Two more commanding heights captured in Premeti sector. Tepelini now threatened. More positions captured in Pogradets sector.

Lord Lothian, British Ambassador to USA, died.

It was announced that General Hertzog had resigned his seat in South African Parliament.

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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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