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8th July 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that the destroyer HMS Whirlwind had been sunk by U-34 on 5 July 1940

French battleship Richelieu, lying at Dakar, French West Africa put out of action by a depth charges and aerial torpedoes, after her commander had refused for alternative methods of peaceably putting her beyond reach of German control.

French warships at Casablanca reported to have put to sea.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) attack Ostend, large German supply ship hit, canal lock gates, and naval storehouses damaged. Bombs dropped on German barges on canals at Zwolle, Haten, Weest, Elberg, Deft. Other aircraft bombed Danish harbour of Aalborg and patrol vessels off the coast. Aerodromes in German hands at Sossons and Douai were damaged.

During the night Kiel and Wilhelmahaven were again bombed. Damage done to oil refineries at Homburg, and to aerodromes at Waalhaven, Amsterdam and Brussels.

Three air raids on Malta. In addition to seven during the weekend. Three, probably five raiders destroyed.

Mersa Matruh, Western desert, bombed by Italians, no damage and no casualties.

Luftwaffe continued with daylight raids made over Britain from extreme southwest to north-west coast. Little damage caused, and few casualties. Eight Luftwaffe aircraft known to have been shot down, and others disabled.

Minister of food announced immediate rationing of tea to 2 ounces per head per week.

It was stated that nine BEF divisions rescued from Dunkirk had been fully reorganised.

French Embassy in London, to be withdrawn.

It was reported that the British government had lodged a protest with Swedish government against latter's decision to allow transport of German troops and materials of war across Swedish territory.

It was announced that King Haakon had refused German request, through Norwegian Storting, to abdicate.

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The Front of Our Ship Was Blown Away

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HMS destroyer Whirlwind

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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