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3rd June 1940

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Withdrawal from Dunkirk and neighbouring beaches continued, though pace had diminished. German combined forces continued to attack with ferocity. Artillery bombardment of beaches increased.

The British Admiralty's communiqué on the navies part in the withdrawal stated that 222 British naval vessels and 665 other British craft and boats took part. Three more destroyers reported lost France, HMS Basilisk, HMS Keith, and HMS Havant. Of more than 170 minor war vessels engaged in the withdrawal 24 were lost. Zeebrugge reported blocked and other ports in German hands rendered useless.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made a series of attacks on German communications and gun emplacements, and other formations attacked aerodromes and other objectives in the north-west Germany.

Over 1000 bombs dropped in the first enemy raid on Paris and outskirts. Casualties totalled 906, including 254 killed. Twenty five raiders shot down and 75 crew killed or taken prisoner.

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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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