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25th July 1940

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Events On This Day

French merchant ship Meknes, repatriating 1,300 French naval oliicers and men, sunk off Portland during night of 24-25 July 1940 by Kriegsmarines motor torpedo boat. Over 300 missing.

The British Admiralty announced that the trawlers HMS Kingston Galena and HMS Rodino have been lost through enemy action. Italy admitted loss of another submarine, the 16th. Portuguese steamer Alfa reported sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft on 15 July 1940.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made night raids on oil supplies, aircraft factories and aerodromes in North West Germany and Holland. Hamburg docks and the Dortmund-Ems canal were also attacked.

It was announced that in last three months the British Royal Air Force (RAF) had made more than 1,000 large scale raids into Germany and German-occupied territory.

Eritrean ports of Massawa and Assab were attacked by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers. Four raids made on Macaaca.

During air attacks on Channel convoy five small vessels were sunk and five others damaged. Nine enemy torpedo-boats then attacked but were engaged and chased away by two British destroyers and two Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) . These were in turn attacked by German dive-bombers and both destroyers received some damage.

Twenty-eight Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed during widespread attacks on shipping in Channel and round other parts of the coast.

Obeying Adolf Hitlerís summons, Rumanian Premier, M. Gigurtu, and Foreign Minister arrived at Berchtesgaden.

Red Cross Sale at Christieís closed after realizing £84,023.

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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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