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18th May 1940

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British front was held firmly in the face of strong German pressure. Fighting continued in region of Avesne and in Vervins area, chiefly round Guise and Landrecies. French brought up thousands of their 75 field guns. German attacks also repulsed south of Sedan, and in Montmady sector.

Formations of British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers carried out intensive operations in Belgium and France, harassing German lines of communication. Continuous night watch kept on military traffic over wide area in western Germany. Oil tanks at Hanover were bombed. Daylight attacks made on German troops and focal points in northern France.

French cabinet reconstructed. M Reynaud remained premier, and also took over defence ministry. M Daladier became foreign minister, and Marshall Pétain Vice Premier.

German transports is attempting to relieve Narvik reported sunk.

M29 Minesweeper
Launched 18 May 1940

M201 Minesweeper
Launched 18 May 1940

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