Key WWII events - February 1940

The Altmark Incident

 

Image of German supply ship Altmark February 1940

German supply ship Altmark

Axis Feb-40 Allied
german flag Total Class Total british flag France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag
4 4 Battleships 16 11 5 0 0 0 0
0 0 Fleet Carriers 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 Light Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 Heavy Cruisers 21 12 7 0 2 0 0
3 3 Light Cruisers 52 35 11 0 4 2 0
39 39 Destroyers 240 167 58 7 5 0 3
51 51 Submarines 131 57 72 0 0 0 2
0 0 Escort Carriers 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
9 9 Escorts 83 44 37 0 2 0 0
5 5 Other 58 52 2 1 3 0 0

 

 

Class USA flag japan flag italy flag soviet flag argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag netherlands flag norway flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag yugo flag greece flag turkey flag Romania flag thailand flag
Battleships 15 10 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carriers 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carriers 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 18 17 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Light Cruisers 19 19 14 3 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 0
Destroyers 188 102 92 50 16 7 8 2 2 8 10 16 16 5 16 8 19 4 7 10
Submarines 60 53 102 172 3 4 9 0 4 21 9 10 16 4 4 4 6 7 1 4
Escort Carriers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 21 36 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Other 0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

 

 

Allied and Axis Naval Losses

Contains the lost and damaged (and therefore out of action) warships by country.
These are changes that happen during the month and figures will be reflected in the following month's tables.

Allied Losses

british flag Lost Report
Daring Destroyer Torpedoed by German submarine U-23, 40 miles off Duncansby Head, in the North Sea,157 dead, 15 survivors 58.39N 01.10W 18/02/1940
Sphinx Minesweeper Damaged by bombs from German aircraft 15 miles N of Kinnaird Head, Moray Firth, 54 dead, ship hit forward causing extensive damage & flooding to boiler rooms 03/02/1940. Ship taken in tow by British warship Harrier but she capsized & drifted ashore 2 miles N of Lybster 04/02/1940
Damaged Report
Suffolk Cruiser Damaged in collision with merchant ship SS Misram, in the north western approaches 02/02/1940
Glowworm Destroyer Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Rex when at anchor in fog off Outer Dowsing, causing serious structural damage 22/02/1940
Hereward Destroyer Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Nordia, NW of Bergen, in the North Sea, ships bow section badly damaged & speed limited to 12 knots, 61.12N 03.08E 29/02/1940
Jackal Destroyer Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Storfors, which sank, in the North Sea, sustaining serious damage to her bows 28/02/1940
Imperial Destroyer Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Nordia, NW of Bergen, in the North Sea. Her bow section was badly damaged & speed limited to 12 knots, 61.12N 03.08E 29/02/1940
new zealand flag Repair Report
Achilles Cruiser Withdrawn for repair at Auckland to battle damage received during the Battle of the River Plate 23/02/1940
 

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
Z 01 Leberecht Maass Destroyer Mined in British minefield whilst avoiding bomb attack in error by German Heinkel III aircraft in North Sea, NW of Borkum 282 dead 22/02/1940
Z 03 Maz Schultz Destroyer Mined in British minefield whilst avoiding bomb attack in error by German Heinkel III aircraft in North Sea, NW of Borkum 308 dead 22/02/1940
U-33 Submarine Damaged by depth charges from British warship Gleaner, in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, boat surfaced & scuttled by crew, parts of an Enigma encryption machine captured, 25 dead, 17 survivors captured 55.25N 05.07W 12/02/1940
U-41 Submarine Depth charged by British warship Antelope S of Ireland 49.20N 10.04E 49 dead 0 survivors 05/02/1940
U-53 Submarine Depth charged by British warship Gurkha, in the North Sea in the mid-Orkneys, 42 dead, 0 survivors 60.32N, 06.14W, 23/02/1940
U-54 Submarine Missing in North Sea, position unknown, mined? 41 dead, 0 survivors 20/02/1940
U-63 Submarine Damaged by depth charge attack from British warships Escort, Inglefield, Imogen after being spotted on the surface by British submarine Narwhal 1 dead, 24 survivors captured S of Shetlands 58.40N 00.10W 25/02/1940
 

 

Neutral Losses

No neutral losses this month

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Curacoa Light Cruiser Pembroke Royal Dockyard, Pembroke May 1917 8 x 4"; 4 x 1.85"; 6 x 21" TT 3"-1" 29 5320 437
Havelock Destroyer John Samual White & Co, Cowes Oct 1939 3 x 4.7"; 8 x 21" TT 35 1930 145
Tetrarch Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Nov 1939 1 x 4"; 10 x 21" TT 15.25 1326 59
 

 

Axis Commissioned

german flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
U-31 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Sep 1936 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17 616 44
U-65 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Nov 1939 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1034 48
Pinguin AMC Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen 6 x 5.9"; 1 x 75 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft; 300 Mines 16 7766 401

 

Neutral Commissioned

japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Hatsukaze Destroyer Kawasaki Dockyard Co, Ltd, Kobe Jan 1939 6 x 5"; 4 x 25 mm; 8 x 24" TT; 16 DC 35 2033 240
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Guglielmo Marconi Submarine Cantiere Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Monfalcone Jul 1939 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 8 x 21" TT   17.8 1175 17.8
Reginaldo Giuliani Submarine Franco Tosi, Taranto Dec 1939 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18 1148 18