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26th May 1940

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Events On This Day

General Headquarters of British Expeditionary Force (BEF) stated that German forces had launched strong offensive against Belgium forces on the left flank of Allied armies, and British troops had gone to their aid.

French report stated that from Courtrai to Valenciennes Belgian and French armies had withstood three German attacks, made in great force on wide fronts. French captured several crossings of the Somme, east of Amiems.

Germans took possession of town of Boulogne, French still holding citadel. They claimed to have captured Calais after violent fighting, but in London and Paris this was denied.

Intense activity by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) continued. Ceaseless raids on railway systems in Rhineland, and on troop concentrations on battlefronts.

General Sir John Dill made Chief of the Imperial General staff, and General Sir Edmund Ironside, appointed commander in chief, home forces.

Fifteen French generals dismissed.

The British Admiralty announced loss of the destroyer HMS Wessex off the French coast. As a result of Luftwaffe air attacks, and of the trawler HMS Charles Boyes by a mine.

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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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