The British Admiralty announced that British naval forces
in Mediterranean made contact with Italian fleet, and that
enemy retired at high speed towards his base. One enemy cruiser
set on fire by gun fire and two destroyers badly hit. Aircraft
of Fleet Air Arm torpedoed a battleship of Littorio class.
Enemy bombers scored two hits which slightly damaged HMS Berwick.
Coastal Command aircraft torpedoed two Kriegsmarine tankers
near Frisian Islands.
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Again directed main offensive against Cologne.
Other aircraft bombed invasion ports of Antwerp, Le Havre
and Boulogne, and several aerodromes.
Heavy night raid on Plymouth, planes coming over in continued
relays. Bombs fell intermittently in London.
Luftwaffe lost 11 aircraft. Two British fighters lost but
both pilots safe.
The Greek War, Greeks continuing their action on Albanian
territory. Air Force successfully bombed enemy concentrations,
columns and batteries. Italian planes active on front, they
also bombed villages in Epirus, Corfu, Cephalonia, Crete and
port of Patras.
In Romania iron Guard executed 64 political prisoners in Bucharest.
Sir Robert Kindersley announced that in one years effort £475,532,981
had been raised by war savings.
General Catroux appointed High Commissioner of Free France
and General de Gaulle's representative in Near East.
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HMS MANCHESTER, a 9,400 ton cruiser of
the same class as the ill-fated HMS Southampton, was commissioned
in 1938, and since then has seen war service in many seas,
from the Indian Ocean to beyond the Arctic Circle. In the
spring of 1940 she was promoted to be flagship of Vice-Admiral
Sir Geoffrey Layton, second in command of the Home Fleet,
and took part in the Namsos, Aandalsnes and Molde operations
of the Norwegian coast. In November of lasts year she was
sent to reinforce Admiral Sir James Somervilles squadron
in the Western Mediterranean and led the line when that;
force chased an Italian Fleet sighted off Sardinia on 27
November 1940. The big silk ensign presented to the ship
by the Corporation of Manchester to be flown in action was
hoisted for the first time, and cheers broke out from the
crew as it was broken at the masthead. But the Italian squadron,
despite immense superiority in numbers, refused battle and
made for their; home base. The HMS Manchester set one enemy?
cruiser ablaze aft and then hit (and probably? sank) a destroyer
before the greater speed? of the Italian vessels enabled
them to get? away. Prior to this action the HMS Manchester
which has no ancestors in the Navy List, had? therefore
no battle honours. Today here honours board bears the name
of her first? victory Spartivento, l940. In a year she has
steamed 55,000 miles.
The Second Great War.
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