Key WWII events - March 1940

Finland capitulates to the Soviet Union
Japanese set up puppet Chinese regime in Peking

Image of British cruiser Norfolk March 1940

British cruiser Norfolk

Axis Mar-40 Allied
german flag Total Class Total british flag France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag
3 3 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 20 11 7 0 2 0 0
3 3 Light Cruisers 53 37 11 0 4 1 0
37 37 Destroyers 240 167 58 7 5 0 3
48 48 Submarines 132 58 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
6 6 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 189 97 92 50 15 7 8 2 2 8 10 16 16 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarines 60 53 104 172 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 Damaged Report
Eagle Carrier Damaged by explosion in the bomb room where the 250 Ibs aircraft bombs were stored, extensive fire in hanger extinguished by automatic sprinkler system, in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, 14 dead, 3 injured 14/03/1940
Norfolk Cruiser Damaged by bombs from German aircraft at Scapa Flow, Scotland, ship hit by bomb on her quarterdeck abreast Y turret, bomb exploded in shell room below turret 16/03/1940
Jervis Destroyer Damaged by collision with Swedish merchant ship Tor, near Longstone Light, in the North Sea, bow of ship seriously damaged, 17 dead 19/03/1940
Kelly Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Gurkha in the NW approaches 02/03/1940
Express Destroyer Minelayer Damaged in collision with trawler in the Moray Firth 22/03/1940
Firedrake Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Icarus at Invergordon, Scotland 28/03/1940
Intrepid Destroyer Damaged in collision with trawler Ocean Drift which sank, in the North Sea 17/03/1940
Venomous Destroyer Damaged by collision with tug Swarthey, whilst leaving Portsmouth Harbour. Ship was holed on her port side above the waterline 06/03/1940
Veteran Destroyer Damaged in collision with merchant ship SS Horn Shell, during convoy duty in the North Atlantic 11/03/1940
France flag Lost Report
La Railleuse Destroyer Accidental explosion of ship's forward torpedo tubes at Casablanca, 20 dead 24/03/1940
 

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
U-21 Submarine Run aground & interned by Norwegians off Oldknuppen Island, Norway 58.01N 07.29E 27/03/1940
U-22 Submarine Missing North Sea Skagerak area 27 dead 27/03/1940
U-44 Submarine Depth charged by British warship Fortune, NNE of the Shetlands 47 dead, 0 survivors 63.27N 00.36E 20/03/1940
Damaged Report
U-31 Submarine Bombed by British Blenheim aircraft in Jadebusen, 58 dead, 0 survivors 11/03/1940. Raised and returned to service
 

 

Neutral Losses

netherlands flag Lost Report
O 11 Submarine Collision with Dutch Navy tug BV 3, in the harbour entrance of Willemsoord, 3 dead, 27 survivors 06/03/1940. Raised & towed to Den Helder for repair 09/03/1940
 

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Highlander Destroyer John I. Thornycroft, Woolston, Southampton Oct 1939 3 x 4.7"; 8 x 21" TT 35 1930 145
Valentine Destroyer Cammell Laird Shipbuilding Co, Birkenhead Mar 1917 4 x 4"; 8 x 0.5"   34 905 125
Wolfhound Destroyer Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan Mar 1918 4 x 4"; 8 x 0.5"   34 905 125
Wryneck Destroyer Palmers Shipbuilding, Jarrow May 1918 4 x 4"; 8 x 0.5"   34 905 125
Tarpon Submarine Scotts' Shipbuilding, Greenock Oct 1939 1 x 4"; 10 x 21" TT 15.25 1326 59
Atherstone Destroyer Escort Cammell Laird, Birkenhead Dec 1939 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 28 1450 147
 

 

Axis Commissioned

germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
U-101 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Feb 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT 17.9 741 44
U-122 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Dec 1939 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT 18.2 1034 48
Thor AMC Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg 6 x 5.9"; 1 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft 18 3862 345

 

Neutral Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Morris Destroyer Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA Jun 1939 5 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 8 x 21" TT 35 1764 192
O'Brien Destroyer Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA Oct 1939 5 x 5"; 4 x 0.5"; 8 x 21" TT 35 1764 192
japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
I-16 Submarine Mitsubishi Heavy Metals Industries, Kobe Jul 1938 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 8 x 21" TT 23.5 2184 101
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Leonardo Da Vinci Submarine Cantiere Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Monfalcone Sep 1939 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 8 x 21" TT   17.8 1175 17.8
Capitano Tarantini Submarine Franco Tosi, Taranto Jan 1940 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18 1148 18