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19th July 1940

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Events On This Day

Italyís fastest cruiser, Barte olomeo Colleoni, was sunk, and another put to flight off Crete, by Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney and small destroyer force. The British Admiralty announced that two British merchant ships, King John and Davisian had been sunk in region of West lndies by enemy raider, believed to be converted merchant vessel.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made night raids on enemy aerodromes and seaplane bases along coast of North West Germany and northern Holland. Aircraft factories, oil plants and railway. communications also bombed.

Coastal Command aircraft attacked naval base at Emden and Dutch port of Harlingen.

Twelve Luftwaffe aircraft shot down round Britainís coasts, ten being destroyed while attacking shipping in Channel. Sir Alan Brooke succeeded Sir Edmund lronside as Commander-In-Chief Home Forces. Lord Gort was appointed Inspector-General to Forces in Training.

President Roosevelt announced his acceptance of nomination for third term.

Adolf Hitler made final appeal for peace in speech to Reichstag.

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HMAS Sydney

HMAS Sydney, 6,830 ton cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy, was lost, presumably by an explosion following a hit, after sinking the armed Kriegsmarine auxiliary cruiser Kormoran of 9,400 tons. On 19 July 1940, she sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni and damaged another. Inset shows the HMAS Sydney's crest. Badge, copyright by HM Stationery Office.
Photo, Wright 6 Logan

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