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11th May 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that Australian cruiser Canberra and New Zealand cruiser Leander had captured in the Indian Ocean a German supply ship Coburg and Norwegian tanker Ketty Brovig with German naval prize crew aboard. Heavy night raids on Hamburg and Bremen. Smaller attacks on Emden and on docks at Rotterdam. Coastal Command raided docks at Ymuiden and seaplane base at Texel.

In Africa, Mechanised forces at Tobruk made surprise sortie, inflicting casualties and taking prisoners. Heavy British Royal Air Force (RAF) raids on Benghazi and aerodromes in Cyrenaica. Light naval forces bombarded Benghazi during night of 10-11 May 1941, damaging shipping and military objectives. Heavy British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked Tripoli harbour on night of 11-12 May 1941. In Abyssinia, Indian troops captured Gumsa, north of Arnba Alagi, Enemy rearguard cut off near Wadala.

In Mediterranean, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided aerodromes at Catania and Comiso (Sicily) and those at Maritza and Calato (Doclecanese).

In Iraq, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) armoured cars occupied Fort of Rutbah.

Luftwaffe aircraft driven off from coasts of Dorset, East Kent and Thames Estuary. At night bombs fell in widely separated areas. Six Luftwaffe day and 12 night raiders destroyed.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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