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17th August 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Adrniralty announced that the submarine HMS Orpheus was overdue and presumed lost. It was disclosed that French destroyer Maille Breze sank in April near a British port after series of explosions.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) dropped 3 tons of high explosive bombs and showers of incendiaries on Boulogne, intiicting severe damage. Twenty-six Luftwaffe aerodromes raided.

ltalian forces withdrew from Fort Capuzzo, following bombardment of the fort and of Bardia by battleships and cruisers of British Mediterranean Fleet. British fighters escorting the Fleet shot down nine Italian aircraft.

In Somaliland Italians renewed determined attacks with picked Italian troops, artillery, tanks and aircraft. British Force withdrew towards Berbera, contesting every yard.

No German raid reported between dawn and midnight.

President Roosevelt and Canadians Premier stated that Canada and United States of America were setting up joint Defence Board.

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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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