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13th November 1940

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Premier announced that on night of 12-13 November 1940 Fleet Air Arm had attacked main Italian naval forces at Taranto, by which enemy lost three battleships, two cruisers and two Fleet auxiliaries. During same night British light naval squadron heavily damaged convoy of supply ships bound for Albania, one was sunk, two set on fire, fourth damaged. Enemy destroyer raise damaged. Six more ships of convoy attacked on 5 November 1940 reached port. British freighter Empire Wind was reported sunk.

British bombers attacked g Berlin, damaging railway station, goods yard and other objectives. Other places bombed were power station at Cologne, docks at Duisburg-Ruhrort, industrial targets at Dortmund and Dusseldorf, battery of coke ovens at Lintfort, oil plants at Gelsenkirchen, Hanover and Leuna, aerodromes at Haamstede, Kreuzbruck and Lubeck, seaplane base at Norderney, docks at Wilhelmshaven.

The war against Italy, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bombed docks and harbour at Taranto.

Scattered daylight raids attempted, most in Southeast England. Damage and casualties in two Kent coast towns and one Midland. During night bombs fell in London area and in East and Southeast England, but little damage and few casualties occurred.

Six Luftwaffe aircraft shot down. British long-range guns fired salvos across Straits of Dover.

The Greek War, Greek aircraft bombed Koritza aerodrome. After successful attack in Pindus region Greek troops captured new line of heights in Albanian territory. Enemy reported to have retreated on Epirus front.

Sir R. Brooke-Popham appointed to newly-created post of Commander-in Chief Far East.

R157 R-boat
Launched 13 November 1940

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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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