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12th June 1940

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Events On This Day

Germany attempted to extend the one bridgehead established South of the Seine. Pressure directed towards Evreux and Pacy-sur-Eure.

On lower Oise there was fighting in the region of Persan-Beaumont, and farther east at Crepy-en-Valois and Betz.

Germans attacked new positions south of the Marne, and some units crossed the river in neighbourhood of Château Thierry. Heavy mechanised forces thrown into battle for Reims. French divisions after bitter struggle withdrew to Montagne de Reims.

Allied air forces continued operations over all fronts and on enemy back areas. Motor torpedo boats in Boulogne, harbour bombed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF), one been sunk and two others damaged. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters shot down seven Luftwaffe aircraft.

During the night of 11-12 June 1940 the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked military objectives at Turin, Genoa and other towns in North Italy. Extensive damage done two aerodromes and other military objectives in Abyssinia and Eritrea by bombers of middle east command. Places attacked included Asmara, Gura, Diredawa, on Addis Ababa-Jibuti railway, and Macaca on Red Sea.

Italian aircraft made ineffectual bombing raid on Aden .Five raids made on Malta.

Heinkel bomber shot down of southeast coast of England.

Polish submarine Orzel presumed lost.

Spain adopted attitude of non-belligerency.

Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Italy.

Turkey broke off commercial relations with Italy.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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