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10th January 1941

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Fierce engagement between British warships, escorting convoy with material for Greece, and German and Italian aircraft, after an Italian destroyer had been sunk in Sicilian Channel. HMS destroyer Gallant, aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and cruiser Southampton suffered casualties and damage. At least 12 Luftwaffe aircraft shot down. Convoy passed through according to plan.

Mass daylight raids by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bombers and fighters on aerodromes and military installations in Northern France. At night the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Attacked Brest U-boat base and shipping in harbour of Le Havre.

The war against Italy, Covered by operations to westwards, concentration of British forces around Tobruk continued. During nights of 9-10 January 1941 and 10-11 January 1941 the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bombers heavily raided aerodromes at Benina and Berea. Benghazi also was attacked.

Aircraft of Fleet Air Arm carried out raid on shipping in Palermo harbour. On Kenya frontier British troops entered villages of Buna and Turbi unopposed. In Italian East Africa Caproni workshops at Mai Adaga were bombed. Asmara was also raided. Defence positions of Berbera, Somaliland, attacked by the British Royal Air Force (RAF)

Luftwaffe made heavy night attack on Portsmouth. Twenty-eight big fires were caused and there were many casualties. Among buildings destroyed were six churches. Working-class districts were severely damaged.

Two Luftwaffe planes destroyed, one by night patrols, one by antiaircraft fire.

The Greek war, Klisura taken by Greeks, Italians retreating towards Berat.

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Aircraft  carrier HMS illustrious

On Board HMS Illustrious as Lord Louis Mountbatten the great aircraft carrier's new commander, takes over. Her late commander, Capt. Denis Boyd, was recently promoted Rear Admiral.
Photo, Keystone.

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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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