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8th April 1940

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Allied governments notified Norway in early morning that mines were to be laid in three places in Norwegian territorial waters, namely, Vest Fjord, Bud and Stadtland. The operation was carried out at dawn by British and French warships within the space of an hour.

At 5:15 a.m., a statement was broadcast to the world justifying the Allied action and defining the new mine areas.

The Norwegian government issued a protest and demanded the removal of the mines.

Three German ships sunk by British submarines in Skagerrak, Rio de Janeiro, Posidonia, and Kreta. A fourth unidentified ship was also reported from Oslo to have been sunk. Rio de Janeiro, believed to be on her way from Stettin to Bergen, was carrying, planes, tanks and horses. About 150 men were drowned and 150 rescued.

Another unsuccessful raid, made on Scapa Flow. Bombs were dropped causing slight damage on land, but none to warships or other shipping. Two of the raiders shot down by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters and the third is severely disabled.

British destroyer HMS Glow-worm was sunk after engaging two Kriegsmarine destroyers in northern waters.

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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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