Key WWII events - July 1940

Vichy Government established to govern unoccupied France & French Empire
French navy attacked at Mers-el-Kebir after British ultimatum to continue war or be interned
Germans establish submarine base at Lorient, France
Beginning of the Battle of Britain
Italians invade British Somaliland

Vichy French fleet under attack from British battleships

Vichy French fleet under attack from British battleships

Axis Jul-40 Allied
France flag italy flag german flag Total Class Total british flag free France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag netherlands flag norway flag
8 2 0 2 Battleships 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 Fleet Carriers 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 Light Carriers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 7 1 8 Heavy Cruisers 13 11 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
10 14 2 16 Light Cruisers 43 33 0 0 4 2 0 4 0
61 89 27 116 Destroyers 168 144 0 6 5 0 4 7 2
70 99 42 141 Submarines 78 55 1 0 0 0 1 21 0
1 0 0 0 Escort Carriers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 34 12 46 Escorts 61 55 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
3 0 8 8 Other 53 49 0 1 3 0 0 0 0

 

 

Class USA flag japan flag soviet flag argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag yugo flag greece flag turkey flag Romania flag thailand flag
Battleships 15 10 2 2 1 1 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
Light Carriers 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 18 17 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Light Cruisers 19 17 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 0
Destroyers 206 87 50 16 7 8 2 2 0 16 5 16 8 19 4 7 10
Submarines 63 51 178 3 4 9 0 4 8 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
Escorts 0 29 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Other 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 2 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
Codrington Destroyer Bombed by German aircraft Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter-bombers in Dover harbour, bombs exploded under keel and broke her back, 3 injured 27/07/1940
Brazen Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German aircraft in Straits of Dover, ship's back broken. Ship taken in tow, but another bomb hit engine room & ship sank off Folkestone, 1 dead, 51.01N 01.17E 20/07/1940
Delight Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German aircraft 20 miles SSW Portland Bill, ship had been spotted by German radar at Cherbourg prompting attack, bomb hit ship's foc'sle causing major fire, 6 dead, 50.12N 02.17W 29/07/1940. Ship sank in Portland harbour 30/07/1940
Escort Destroyer Damaged by torpedo by Italian submarine Guglielmo Marconi N of Algiers, in the Mediterranean Sea, ship hit on starboard side causing 20 foot hole & extensive flooding, ship taken in tow by British warship Forester, 2 dead 08/07/1940. Ship had to be abandoned & tow dropped when shet suddenly developed a list & then sank 11/07/1940
Imogen Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Glasgow in thick fog off Duncansby Head, fire forced ship to be abandoned & she sank later, 58.34N 02.54W 16/07/1940
Wren Destroyer Bombed by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft, 20 miles E of Aldeburgh along with British warship Montrose, several near misses holed ship under waterline, causing extensive flooding & her sinking, 37 dead, 52.10N 02.06E 27/07/1940
Whirlwind Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-34, 120 miles WNW of Lands End, SW of England, ship was disabled & abandoned by crew, 57 dead, 04/05/1940. Sunk by gunfire from British warship Westcott 50.17N 08.48W 05/07/1940
Narwhal Submarine Lost in North Sea off Norway 23/07/1940. Report of attack by German aircraft 125 miles E of Aberdeen
Phoenix Submarine Torpedoed by Italian MTB Albatros, off eastern Sicily, Ionian Sea 37.15N 15.15E 16/07/1940
Salmon Submarine Mined of Norwegian coast 09/07/1940
Shark Submarine Damaged by bomb from German Do 17 aircraft, boat dived but had to resurface because of damage, she tried to escape but was attacked by more German aircraft & was captured by German minesweepers M-1803, M-1806 & M-1807, off Skudesnes, SW of Norway, boat sank under German tow, 58.07N 04.35E 06/07/1940
Thames Submarine Lost possibly mined 03/07/1940
Foylebank Auxiliary Anti-Aircraft Bombed by 26 German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft in Portland Harbour 04/07/1940
Damaged Report
Glasgow Cruiser Damaged in collision with British warship Imogen off Duncansby Head in fog at speed 58.34N 02.54W 16/07/1940
Gloucester Cruiser Bombed by Italian aircraft in eastern Mediterranean Sea, bomb hit ship's bridge knocking out her main armament control & steering, 18 dead 08/07/1940. Withdrawn for repair later
Neptune Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from Italian warship Giuseppe Garibaldi, during Battle of Calabria, damaging aircraft catapult & wrecking aircraft 09/07/1940
Beagle Destroyer Damaged by bomb near miss from German Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft, off Dover in the English Channel, whilst on patrol. Near miss damaged her boiler room & guro compass 19/07/1940. Arrived for repair at Devonport 20/07/1940
Acheron Destroyer Damaged by near misses from bombs dropped by German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft 10 miles S of St. Catherine's Point, in the English Channel 20/07/1940
Boreas Destroyer Damaged by bomb near misses from Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber aircraft, off South Foreland, in the Straits of Dover. 2 near misses caused flooding arf disabling the ship & knocking out her steering. After emergency repairs she can make 17 knots using emergency steering. Hit by 2 more bombs that hit the bridge & disabled, 21 dead. She was taken in tow to Dover 25/07/1940. Arrived under tow at Millwall dock for repair 28/07/1940
Brilliant Destroyer Damaged by bombs from Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber aircraft, off South Foreland, in the Straits of Dover. Hit aft by 2 bombs that failed to explode, they did cause extensive flooding in the stern. Ship had to jettison weight by dropping depth charges & X & Y guns over the side 25/07/1940. Arrived under tow at Chatham for repair 27/07/1940
Fame Destroyer Damaged by bomb splinters from German aircraft, off Skudesnes, Norway, ship was searching missing British submarine Shark 06/07/1940
Havock Destroyer Damaged by bomb near miss from Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 & SM 81 aircraft off Crete, during Battle of Cape Spada. One of ship's boilers damaged & speed reduced to 24 knots 19/07/1940
Kashmir Destroyer Damaged in collision with trawler Kurd in the North Sea 31/07/1940
Whitshed Destroyer Damaged by mine off Harwich, mine blew off bow, ship towed to Harwich by British warship Wild Swan 31/07/1940
Montrose Destroyer Damaged by bombs from German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft, 20 miles E of Aldeburgh along with British warship Wren, bow of ship blown off, 52.10N 02.06E 27/07/1940
Foxgloves Sloop Damaged by bombs from German aircraft 8 miles S of Nab Tower, Isle of Wight, crippled ship towed to Portsmouth 09/07/1940. Constructive total loss

 

Axis Losses

german flag Lost Report
Luchs Destroyer Torpedoed British submarine Swordfish SW of Stavanger, in North Sea 58.30N 04.30E 26/07/1940
U-102 Submarine Depth charged by British warship Vansittart in North Atlantic WSW of Iceland, 43 dead, 0 survivors 48.33N 10.26W 01/07/1940
U-26 Submarine Damaged by depth charge by British warship Gladiolus 30/06/1940 Depth charged by Australian Sunderland aircraft in the North Atlantic, 0 dead, 48 survivors 48.03N 11.30W 01/07/1940
M 61 Minesweeper Mined off Hook of Holland 26/07/1940
M 89 Minesweeper Mined off Hook of Holland 26/07/1940
M 136 Minesweeper Mined off Hook of Holland 26/07/1940
italy flag Lost Report
Bartolomeo Colleoni Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from Australian warship Sydney, ship hit in the engine room & disabled, she was then shelled & torpedoed by British warships Ilex, Hero, Hasty & Hyperion off Crete, Battle of Cape Spada, 121 dead, 555 survivors 19/07/1940
Nembo Destroyer Torpedoed by British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, in the Gulf of Bomba 20/07/1940
Ostro Destroyer Torpedoed by British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, in the Gulf of Bomba 20/07/1940
Zeffiro Destroyer Torpedoed by British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, at Tobruk, Libya 05/07/1940
Damaged Report
Guilio Cesare Battleship Damaged by gunfire from British warship Warspite during Battle of Calabria, damaging the ship's boilers, this 15" shell hit ship from 36,000 yards the longest range in naval history, 2 dead 09/07/1940
Bolzano Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from British warship Neptune during Battle of Calabria 09/07/1940
Giovanni delle Bande Nere Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from Australian warship Sydney off Crete, during Battle of Cape Spada, ship hit on quarterdeck, 4 dead, 12 injured 19/07/1940
Euro Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, at Tobruk, Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea, bow of ship was blown off 05/07/1940
Leone Pancaldo Destroyer Torpedoed by Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Eagle at Augusta 10/07/1940
France flag Lost Report
Bretagne Battleship Sunk by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant, magazine blew up, ship capsized & sank, during Mers-el-Kebir action 1012 dead 03/07/1940
Mogador Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant during Mers-el-Kebir action, crew managed to run her aground 03/07/1940
Rigault de Genouilly Sloop Torpedoed off Algiers by British submarine Pandora 04/07/1940
Damaged Report
Richelieu Battleship Damaged by torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Hermes at Dakar, ship hit on starboard side damaging propulsion shaft, limiting ships speed to 14 knots & extensive flooding causing her stern to rest on the bottom 08/07/1940
DunkerqueBattleship Sunk by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant during Mers-el-Kebir action, ship sank in shallow water, 150 dead 03/07/1940
Provence Battleship Damaged by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant during Mers-el-Kebir action, crew managed to run her aground 03/07/1940
Interned Report
Lorraine Battleship Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Courbet Battleship Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Paris Battleship Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Duquesne Heavy Cruiser Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Tourville Heavy Cruiser Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Suffren Heavy Cruiser Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Duguay Trouin Light Cruiser Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Le Triomphant Destroyer Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Leopard Destroyer Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Le Fortune Destroyer Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Forbin Destroyer Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Basque Destroyer Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Ouragan Destroyer Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Mistral Destroyer Seized by British forces at Plymouth, crew had attempted to scuttle her when she was seized 03/07/1940
Surcouf Submarine Seized by British forces at Plymouth, boat crew resisted, 3 British & 1 French sailor killed 03/07/1940
Protee Submarine Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940
Minerve Submarine Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Junon Submarine Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Orion Submarine Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Ondine Submarine Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Savorgnan de Brazza Sloop Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Arras Sloop Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Belfort Sloop Seized by British forces at Plymouth, crew had attempted to scuttle her when she was seized 03/07/1940
Amiens Sloop Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Coucy Sloop Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940
Epinal Sloop Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
La Melpomene Escort Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
La Flore Escort Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
L' Incomprise Escort Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
La Cordeliere Escort Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Branlebas Escort Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
La Conquerante Suippe Sloop Seized by British forces at Falmouth 04/07/1940
Quentin Roosevelt Sloop Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Diligente Sloop Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940
Bouclier Escort Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940

 

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
Naiad Light Cruiser Hawthorn & Leslie, Hebburn-on-Tyne Feb 1939 10 x 5.25"; 1 x 4"; 8 x 2 pdr; 6 x 21" TT 3"-1.5" 32.2 7515 530
Garth Destroyer Escort John Brown & Co, Ltd, Clydebank Feb 1940 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 28 1450 147
La Malouine Corvette Smith's Dock Co, Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees Mar 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Bluebell Corvette Fleming & Ferguson Shipbuilding, Paisley Apr 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Clematis Corvette Charles Hill & Sons Ltd, Bristol Apr 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Godetia Corvette Smith's Dock Co, Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees May 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Mallow Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast May 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Primrose Corvette William Simons & Co, Renfrew May 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
canada flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Prince Robert AMC Cammell Laird & Co, Birkenhead Apr 1930 4 x 6"; 2 x 3" 22.25 5736 417
poland flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Ouragan Destroyer Chantiers de Navals Francais, Dunkirk. Dec 1924 4 x 5.1"; 2 x 37 mm; 2 x 13.2 mm; 6 x 21.7" TT 36 1319 145

 

Axis Commissioned

germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
T 09 Destroyer Schichau Yard, Elbing Nov 1938 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 60 Mines   35.5 844 119
T 12 Destroyer Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Apr 1939 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 60 Mines   35.5 844 119
U-93 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Jun 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-103 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Apr 1940 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1034 48
U-139 Submarine Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel Jun 1940 2 x 20 mm; 3 x 21" TT 13 309 25
Leopard Torpedo Boat Horten Naval Yard Oct 1939 3 x 4"; 1 x 40 mm; 2 x HMG; 2 x 21" TT   30 632 75
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Caio Duilio Battleship Cantieri del Tirreno, Genoa Apr 1913 10 x 12.6"; 12 x 5.3"; 10 x 90 mm; 12 x 37 mm; 2 Aircraft 9.8"-5.1" 26 26434 26
Maggiore Baracca Submarine Odero-Terni-Orlando, Muggiano,  La  Spezia Apr 1940 1 x 100 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 8 x 21" TT   17.8 1175 17.8
France flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Richelieu Battleship Brest Naval Dockyard Jan 1939 8 x 15; 9 x 6"; 12 x 75 mm; 8 x 37 mm; 16 x 13.2 mm; 3 Aircraft 13.5"-9" 30 35000 1670

 

Neutral Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Benson Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Nov 1939 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Clemson Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding Co, Newport, VA Sep 1918 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
Foote Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Dec 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 139
Goldsborough Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding Co, Newport, VA Nov 1918 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 139
Plunkett Destroyer Federal  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Mar 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
R 07 Submarine Fore River Co, Quincy, MA Apr 1919 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
R 12 Submarine Fore River Co, Quincy, MA Aug 1919 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
R 16 Submarine Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Dec 1917 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
Tautog Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT Jan 1940 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 20 1475 60
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Parizhskaya Kommuna Battleship Baltic Works, St. Petersburg Jul 1911 12 x 12"; 6 x 75 mm; 4 x 47 mm; 4 x 18" TT; 1 aircraft 9"-4" 21.5 29915 1125
K 22 Submarine Ordzhonikidze Yard, Leningrad Nov 1938 2 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 20 Mines   21 1490 60
M 62 Submarine Marti Yard, Nikolayev, Leningrad Oct 1939 1 x 45 mm; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 210 20
M 63 Submarine Krasnaya Sormovo Yard, Gorki Oct 1939 1 x 45 mm; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 210 20
M 99 Submarine Sudomekh Works, Leningrad Apr 1940 1 x 45 mm; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 210 20
turkey flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Demirhisar Destroyer William Denny & Bros, Ltd, Dumbarton Jun 1941 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT 35.5 1360 145
Sultanhisar Destroyer William Denny & Bros, Ltd, Dumbarton Jun 1941 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT 35.5 1360 145
sweden flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Psilander Destroyer C & TT Pattison, Naples Jun 1926 8 x 4.7"; 2 x 40 mm; 4 x 21" TT; 60 Mines   29 955 153
Puke Destroyer C & TT Pattison, Naples Jan 1926 8 x 4.7"; 2 x 40 mm; 4 x 21" TT; 60 Mines   29 955 153
Remus Destroyer Escort BSN, Napoletani Apr 1934 3 x 4"; 4 x 40 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 4 x 17.7" TT; 4 DC throwers 29 620 120
Romulus Destroyer Escort BSN, Napoletani Mar 1934 3 x 4"; 4 x 40 mm; 4 x 13.2 mm; 4 x 17.7" TT; 4 DC throwers 29 620 120