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5th May 1941

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Events On This Day

Day attacks on enemy coastal shipping. Heavy night raid on industrial towns in Middle Rhine, particularly Mannheim. Docks at Boulogne and Cherbourg, and port of St. Nazaire, also bombed.

In Africa, British troops at Tobruk attacked forward enemy posts, taking many prisoners. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made many attacks on mechanised units in Bardia, El Adem, Capuzzo and Sollum areas. During nights of 4-5 May 1941 and 5-6 May 1941 they made heavy raids on Benghazi harbour and a number of aerodromes.

In Iraq, The British Royal Air Force (RAF) maintained constant offensive patrols over Iraqi positions outside Habbaniya.

Minor Luftwaffe day attacks in southeast England. Large-scale night raids on Clydeside, Merseyside and Belfast. Two day and nine night Luftwaffe raiders shot down.

Major General, Freyberg appointed Allied Commander-In-Chief of Crete.

Haile Selassie made triumphant entry into Addis Ababa.

M151 Minesweeper
Commissioned 5 May 1941

M206 Minesweeper
Launched 5 May 1941

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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