May 1940

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Axis May-40 Allied Neutral
Denmark Germany Total Class Total Great Britain France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland USA Japan Italy Soviet Union Argentina
0 2 2 Battleship 18 11 7 0 0 0 0 15 10 4 2 2
0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 0
0 0 0 Light Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
0 0 0 Heavy Cruiser 19 10 7 0 2 0 0 19 17 7 2 4
0 2 2 Light Cruiser 56 40 11 0 4 1 0 19 19 14 3 1
0 30 30 Destroyer 246 164 66 7 5 0 4 186 99 94 50 16
8 47 47 Submarine 136 56 78 0 0 0 2 62 51 108 178 3
0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
0 9 9 Escorts 84 52 29 0 3 0 0 0 13 34 18 1
2 7 7 Other 58 52 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

 

Neutral
Class BrazilChileColumbia PeruNetherlandsNorway SwedenPortugal Spain Yugoslavia GreeceTurkey RomaniaThailand
Battleship 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
Light Cruiser 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
Destroyer 7 8 2 2 8 4 15 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 4 9 0 4 25 2 16 3 4 4 6 7 1 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 4

 

Wednesday 01 May 1940
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Great Britain Furious Light Carrier Repair Withdrawn for repair arriving River Clyde shipyard  
Military

All Allied forces begin withdrawal from Norway

 
Thursday 02 May 1940
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Great Britain Maori Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from German aircraft, off Namsos, during the evacuation of Namsos, damage to ship's upper works, 5 dead, 15 injured  
Other

Wartime Football International: Hungary 1-0 Croatia, Üllői úti Stadion, Budapest

 
Friday 03 May 1940
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Great Britain Afridi Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju-87 dive-bomber aircraft off Namsos, in the Norwegian Sea ship capsized & sank 66.14N 05.45E  
France Bison Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Trondheim, during troop evacuation from Namsos, the ship was scuttled by British warships Grenade & Imperial, 136 dead, 229 survivors  
 
Saturday 04 May 1940
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Poland Grom Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a shell from shore battery hitting oil bunker & boiler  
 
Sunday 05 May 1940
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Poland Grom Destroyer Lost Bombed at Rombaksfjord by German Heinkel 111.s aircraft, the ship broke in two  
Great Britain Faulknor Destroyer Damaged Damaged when the ship struck underwater wreck in Rombaksfjord, Norway, whilst rescuing survivors of Polish warship Grom. Her ASDIC Dome and Directing Gear. Arrived Grimsby for repair 13/05/1940  
Great Britain Seal Submarine Lost Damaged by a German mine in the Skagerrak. The boat managed to return to the surface but was unable to dive & her rudder was damaged. She tried to make for the Swedish coast, but was spotted by a German Arado Ar 196 seaplanes & captured by German anti-submarine trawlers UJ-128  
Politics

Norwegian government-in-exile established in London

 
Military

Battle of Hegra Fortress: Germans capture Norwegian fortress after heavy fighting

 
Other

Wartime Football International: Italy 3-2 Germany, San Siro, Milan

French Cup Final: Racing Club Paris 2-1 Olympique Marseille, Parc des Princes, Paris

 
Monday 06 May 1940
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Tuesday 07 May 1940
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Great Britain Aurora Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft of the Norwegian coast, knocking out 2 turrets. The ship remained operational. Withdrawn for repair 13/05/1940  
 
Wednesday 08 May 1940
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Great Britain Isis Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with a wreck in Balagan Fjord, during the Battle for Norway. Ship's propellers were both damaged. Towed to the UK for repair 15/05/1940  
Germany Mowe Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from British submarine Taku, in the North Sea 56.45N 06.12E  
Politics

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain survives vote of confidence over handing of Norway campaign 281-200

 
Thursday 09 May 1940
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Great Britain Kelly Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German E-boat S 21, in the North Sea, a torpedo hit below bridge flooding boiler rooms & disabling ship, 27 dead. Ship taken in tow by British warship Bulldog arrived for repair River Tyne 13/05/1940  
France Doris Submarine Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-09, S of Den Helder, off the Dutch coast, 41 dead, 0 survivors  
Politics

Conscription age in Great Britain increased to the age of 36

 
Friday 10 May 1940
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Naval

United Kingdon occupies Iceland

 
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Netherlands Van Galen Destroyer Lost Damaged by German aircraft during air raid made it back to Merdehaven & sank. Salvaged by Germans 23/10/1941. Declared constructive total loss  
Politics

Germany invades Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. United Kingdon invades Iceland

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigns when the Labour Party refuse to serve under him. Winston Churchill is appointed as Prime Minister and forms a national government.

 
Military

Germany invades France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg

Battle of The Hague: Failed attempt by German paratroopers to seize the Dutch government

Start of the Battle of Grebbeberg between Dutch and German forces

 
News

World Lightweight Boxing Title Lew Jenkins (USA) beat Lou Ambers (USA) Rsf 3, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

 
Saturday 11 May 1940
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Politics

Churchill offers former German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was living in the Netherlands, political asylum in the United Kingdom, he declines

 
Military

German paratroopers capture Belgian fort of Eben Emael

Luxembourg occupied by German forces as they advance through the Ardennes forest

 
Other

Wartime Football International: Scotland 1-1 England, Hampden Park, Glasgow

 
Sunday 12 May 1940
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Military

Belgian forces blow up Meuse River bridges to halt the German advance

Battle of Sedan started between French and German forces

Battle of Hannut begins in Belgium

 
Monday 13 May 1940
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Politics

Dutch government-in-exile set up in London

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands left The Netherlands for the United Kingdom aboard British warship Hereward

British PM Winston Churchill's blood, toil, sweat and tears' speech in the House of Commons

 
Military

End of the Battle of Grebbeberg in victory for German forces over the Dutch

 
Tuesday 14 May 1940
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Great Britain Somali Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft, during the passage to Mo, Norway, during Norwegian Campaign 14/05/1940. Ship remained operational
Netherlands O 08 Submarine Lost Scuttled to avoid capture by Germans
Netherlands O 12 Submarine Lost Scuttled to avoid capture by Germans at The Hague
Politics

British Secretary of State for War Anthony Eden announces the creation of the Local Defence Volunteers (the Home Guard), comprising of none military-age men

British PM Winston Churchill outlines new coalition government with Labour, Liberal and Conservative members

 
Military

Battle of Hannut ends in victory for French and Belgian forces over Germans

The Rotterdam Blitz: German airforce bomb Dutch city causing widespread destruction and 884 killed. Dutch forces decide to surrender

 
Wednesday 15 May 1940
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Great Britain Valentine Destroyer Lost Damaged by 2 bombs from German Ju 88 dive-bomber aircraft, in the mouth of Schelde near Terneuzen, ship's boiler blew up, she was run aground & abandoned, 31 dead, 21 injured  
Great Britain Brilliant Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Boreas, off the Hook of Holland, during the operation to evacuate refugees from Netherlands. Arrived Sheerness for repair 16/05/1940  
Military

Battle of Sedan ends in victory for German forces

Dutch army surrenders to Germans

 
Thursday 16 May 1940
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Great Britain Resolution Battleship Damaged Damaged by a bomb from German aircraft, whilst at anchor off Tjeldsundet, 30 miles W of Narvik, 250 Ibs armour-piercing bomb landed between X & Y turrets, damage repaired by crew & ship remained operational. Withdrawn for repair 18/05/1940  
Politics

British PM Winston Churchill visits Paris and is told by French PM Paul Reynaud that the battle in the west is as good as over

 
Friday 17 May 1940
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Military

Battle of Montcornet ends in victory for German forces over the French. German forces now racing for the Channel coast

German forces enter Brussels and take Antwerp

 
Saturday 18 May 1940
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Great Britain Effingham Light Cruiser Damaged Stranded on rock outcrop of Faksen shoal W of Bobo during passage between Harstad & Bobo whilst taking a short cut 67.17N 13.58E  
Norway Snogg Torpedoboat Captured Captured by Germans at Floro  
Norway Troll Destroyer Captured Captured by Germans at Floro  
Norway B 6 Submarine Captured Captured by Germans at Floro  
Military

Maxime Weygand replaces Maurice Gamelin as commander of the French armed forces

German forces capture Zeeland

 
Sunday 19 May 1940
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Great Britain Somali Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a near miss from bombs from German aircraft, in Traen Fjord, Norway. Withdrawn for repair at Liverpool 19/05/1940  
Great Britain Whitley Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft 2 miles off Nieuport, ship beached near Nieuport 51.11N 02.04E. Ship shelled to destruction by British warship Keith  
Military

German forces reach the English Channel at Noyelles cutting off French Army and BEF from the rest of France

 
Other

Wartime Football International: Hungary 2-0 Romania, Üllői úti Stadion, Budapest

 
Monday 20 May 1940
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Military

German forces take French city of Abbeville

 
News

Auschwitz I Concentration Camp receives first 30 political 'green triangle' prisoners from Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Other World Featherweight Boxing Title Harry Jeffra (USA) beat Joey Archibald (USA) Pts 15, The Coliseum, Baltimore  
Tuesday 21 May 1940
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Great Britain Effingham Light Cruiser Lost Scuttled by gunfire & torpedoes from British warship Matabele Stranded on rock outcrop of Faksen shoal W of Bobo during passage between Harstad & Bobo after being stranded on rock outcrop of Faksen shoal W of Bobo during passage between Harstad & Bobo  
France L'Adroit Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Heinkel III aircraft off Dunkirk, the ship sunk in shallow water off Malo-les-Bains 51.03N 02.23E  
 
Wednesday 22 May 1940
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Thursday 23 May 1940
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France Jaguar Destroyer Lost Damaged by torpedoes from German E-boats S.21 & S.23, off Cap d'Alprecht, the ship ran aground & abandoned, bombed again & destroyed, 13 dead, 23 injured, 51.03N 22.22E  
France Orage Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Boulogne-sur-Mar. The ship burned through the night & sank the next day  
Great Britain Venetia Destroyer Damaged Damaged by gunfire from German captured French shore batteries, the forward part of the ship set on fire  
Great Britain Jaguar Destroyer Lost Damaged by torpedoes from German E-boats S.21 & S.23, off Cap d'Alprecht, the ship ran aground & abandoned, bombed again & destroyed, 13 dead, 23 injured, 51.03N 22.22E  
Politics

Leader of British Union of Fascist Party Oswald Mosley and his wife Diane Mitford are jailed for the duration of the war

 
Friday 24 May 1940
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France Chacal Destroyer Lost Bombed by German Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Boulogne-sur-Mar & shelled by German shore batteries 50.47N 01.33E  
France Fougueux Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Boulogne  
Great Britain Vimiera Destroyer Damaged Damaged by near misses from 6 bombs from German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Calais during Operation Dynamo, the ship was rescuing the crew of British warship Wessex 51.00N 01.48E. Withdrawn for repair 25/05/1940  
Germany U-9 Submarine Damaged Damaged by depth charges from British warships Jackel, Javelin & Gallant, of Norfolk coast, the attack last several hours before boat escaped. Arrived Kiel 30/05/1940  
Other

World Welterweight Boxing Title Henry Armstrong (USA) beat Ralph Zannelli (USA) Ko 5, Boston Gardens, Boston.

 
Saturday 25 May 1940
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Great Britain Wessex Destroyer Lost Bombed by 3 German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft off Calais, the ship sank quickly 51.00N 01.48E  
Military

British and French forces retreat towards Dunkirk

German forces capture French town Boulogne-sur-Mer

 
Other

German Featherweight Boxing Title Ernst Weiss beat Karl Beck pts 12, Ice Rink, Vienna.

 
Sunday 26 May 1940
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Naval

Beginning of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk

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Great Britain Curlew Light Cruiser Lost Bombed by German Ju-88 aircraft off Skutenes, Lavang Fjord, Norway 67.32N 16.37E  
Politics

Belgian patrol vessel A4 arrives Plymouth with 40 tons of the Belgian national gold reserves

 
Military

German forces capture French town Calais

 
Monday 27 May 1940
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Naval

Operation Dynamo: First day 7,669 troop evacuated from Dunkirk

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Bulldog Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with underwater obstruction off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo, ship's propellers damaged  
Great Britain Worcester Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from German aircraft off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo, the ship remained operational  
 
Tuesday 28 May 1940
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Naval

Operation Dynamo: Second day 17,804 troop evacuated from Dunkirk. Total of 25,473 from start of operation

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Mackay Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Montrose off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo, the ship grounded damaging her propellers  
Politics

King Leopold III of Belgium surrenders all Belgian forces to the Germans

 
Wednesday 29 May 1940
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Naval

Operation Dynamo: Third day 47,130 troop evacuated from Dunkirk. Total of 72,783 from start of operation

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Grenade Destroyer Lost Damaged by 3 bombs from German aircraft at East Pier, Dunkirk, during Operation Dynamo, the ship caught fire & had to be abandoned, when the fire reached magazine the ship blew up
Great Britain Gallant Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a near miss from bombs dropped by German aircraft off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo
Great Britain Grafton Destroyer Lost Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-62, in the English Channel, whilst rescuing survivors of torpedoed British warship Wakeful. Though the ship's back was broken, she stayed afloat so crew & troops could be rescued. The wreck was sunk by British warship Ivanhoe during Operation Dynamo, 4 dead
Great Britain Wakeful Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German E-boat S-30 N of Nieuport during 'Operation Dynamo', the ship hit in the forward torpedo room, the ship split in half with the forward part sinking immediately, of the crew 84 dead, 26 survived, of the troops embarked 639 dead, 1 survivor, 51.22N 02.43E. Capsized wreck shelled & depth charged by British warship Sheldrake the next day
Great Britain Wolfhound Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo, ship's back was broken, but she was towed back to Chatham for repair
Great Britain Worcester Destroyer Damaged Damaged when striking underwater obstruction damaging her propellers
Great Britain Bideford Sloop Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft during Operation Dynamo, a bomb hit the stern disabling ship, she was beached by her crew. Towed to Portsmouth for repair 03/06/1940
 
Thursday 30 May 1940
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Naval

Operation Dynamo: Fourth day 53,823 troop evacuated from Dunkirk. Total of 126,606 from start of operation

 
Country Vessel Type Report description
France Bourrasgue Destroyer Lost Mined & gunfire from German shore battery off Nieuport during Operation Dynamo, 16 dead
Great Britain Brazen Destroyer Damaged Damaged hitting submerged rock off The Wash causing serious structural damage
France Cyclone Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German E-boats S 24 destroying her bows off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo. Scuttled at Brest, whilst under repair 18/06/1940
Great Britain Greyhound Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft between Dunkirk & Dover during Operation Dynamo, ship towed back by Polish warship Blyskawica
Great Britain Intrepid Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft at Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo
Great Britain Sabre Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo
Great Britain Saladin Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from German aircraft off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo
 
Friday 31 May 1940
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Naval

Operation Dynamo: Fifth day 68,014 troop evacuated from Dunkirk. Total of 194,620 from start of operation

Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Anthony Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from German aircraft off Dunkirk, during Operation Dynamo. Arrived for repair at Portsmouth 31/05/1940  
Great Britain Express Destroyer Minelayer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo, the ship sustained serious damage  
Great Britain Scimitar Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Icarus during Operation Dunkirk, damage to propellers  
France Sirocco Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German warships S 23 & S 26 during Operation Dynamo, 59 crew & 600+ troops dead  
Great Britain Vimy Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with yacht Amuree off Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo, ship later damaged by bombs from German aircraft  
Germany U-13 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Weston, NE of Newcastle, in the North Sea, some Enigma rotors & operating instructions recovered from boat, 0 dead, 26 survivors captured 52.26N 02.02E