July 1940

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  Axis Jul-40 Allied Neutral
Vichy France Denmark Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway USA Japan
7 0 5 0 5 Battleship 22 13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 10
0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
0 0 0 0 0 Light Carrier 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
7 0 8 1 9 Heavy Cruiser 20 11 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 19 17
10 0 14 2 16 Light Cruiser 59 37 10 0 4 2 0 4 2 19 19
61 0 93 33 126 Destroyer 238 149 65 6 5 0 4 7 2 202 99
70 8 100 45 145 Submarine 148 55 71 0 0 0 1 21 0 67 51
1 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 0 34 9 43 Escorts 94 63 28 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 15
3 2 0 8 8 Other 57 49 3 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Neutral
Class Soviet UnionArgentina BrazilChileColumbia Peru SwedenPortugal Spain Yugoslavia GreeceTurkey RomaniaThailand
Battleship 3 2 1 1 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 3 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
Light Cruiser 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
Destroyer 50 16 7 8 2 2 17 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 188 3 4 9 0 4 16 3 4 4 6 8 1 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 18 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Other 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 4

 

Monday 01 July 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Germany U-102 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Vansittart in North Atlantic WSW of Iceland, 43 dead, 0 survivors 48.33N 10.26W 01/07/1940  
 
Politics

French Petain government move to Vichy in central France

 
Other

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Washington, USA opened

Nazi Germany annexes Alsace Lorraine and deports 3,000 Jews in this area to Vichy France

 
Tuesday 02 July 1940
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Naval

German forces occupy British Channel island Alderney

 
Politics

Operation Sea Lion: Adolf Hitler orders preparation for the invasion of the United Kingdom

All beaches on the south coast of England closed to the public. Barbed wire and other defences put in place

Wednesday 03 July 1940
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France Bretague Battleship Seized Sunk by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant, magazine blew up, the ship capsized & sank, during Mers-el-Kebir action 1012 dead 03/07/1940  
France Courbet Battleship Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940.  
France Dunkerque Battleship Seized Sunk by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant during Mers-el-Kebir action, the ship sank in shallow water, 150 dead 03/07/1940  
France Paris Battleship Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Provence Battleship Seized Damaged by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant during Mers-el-Kebir action, the crew managed to run her aground 03/07/1940  
France Le Triomphant Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Leopard Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Mistral Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth, the crew had attempted to scuttle her when she was seized 03/07/1940  
France Mogador Destroyer Seized Damaged by gunfire from British warships Hood, Resolution & Valiant during Mers-el-Kebir action, the crew managed to run her aground 03/07/1940. Towed to Toulon for repair that was never completed  
France Ouragan Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Junon Submarine Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Minerve Submarine Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Ondine Submarine Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Orion Submarine Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Surcouf Submarine Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth, boat crew resisted, 3 British & 1 French sailor killed 03/07/1940  
France Amiens Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Arras Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Belfort Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth, the crew had attempted to scuttle her when she was seized 03/07/1940  
France Branlebas Torpedo Boat Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Coquerante Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Falmouth 03/07/1940  
France Coucy Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Plymouth 03/07/1940  
France Diligente Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Epinal Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France L' Incomprise Torpedo Boat Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France La Cordeliere Torpedo Boat Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France La Flore Torpedo Boat Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France La Melpomene Torpedo Boat Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Quentin Roosevelt Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
France Savorgnan de Brazza Sloop Seized Seized by British forces at Portsmouth 03/07/1940  
 
Thursday 04 July 1940
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France Lorraine Battleship Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Duquesne Heavy Cruiser Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Suffren Heavy Cruiser Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Tourville Heavy Cruiser Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Duguay Trouin Light Cruiser Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Basque Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Forbin Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Le Fortune Destroyer Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Protee Submarine Seized Seized by British forces at Alexandria 04/07/1940  
France Rigault de Genouilly Sloop Lost Torpedoed by British submarine Pandora off Algiers 04/07/1940  
 
Politics

The Duke of Windsor is named governor of the Bahamas

German forces occupy British Channel Island, Sark

 
Military

East Africa Front: Italians occupy the town of Kassala on Sudan border

 
Friday 05 July 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Euro Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, at Tobruk, Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea, the bow of the ship was blown off 05/07/1940  
Great Britain Whirlwind Destroyer Lost Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-34, 120 miles WNW of Lands End, SW of England, the ship was disabled & abandoned by the crew, 57 dead, 04/05/1940. Sunk by gunfire from British warship Westcott 50.17N 08.48W 05/07/1940  
Italy Zeffiro Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, at Tobruk, Libya 05/07/1940  
 
Saturday 06 July 1940
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Great Britain Fame Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bomb splinters from German aircraft, off Skudesnes, Norway, the ship was searching missing British submarine Shark 06/07/1940  
Great Britain Shark Submarine Lost Damaged by a 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, the boat sank under German tow, 58.07N 04.35E 06/07/1940. Wreck found 04/2008  
 
Sunday 07 July 1940
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Monday 08 July 1940
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France Richelieu Battleship Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Hermes at Dakar, the 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  
Great Britain Gloucester Light Cruiser Damaged Bombed by Italian aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, a bomb hit ship's bridge knocking out her main armament control & steering, 18 dead 08/07/1940. Ship remained operational  
Great Britain Escort Destroyer Lost Damaged by torpedo by Italian submarine Guglielmo Marconi N of Algiers, in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship hit on starboard side causing 20-foot hole & extensive flooding, the ship was taken in tow by British warship Forester, 2 dead 08/07/1940. The ship had to be abandoned  
 
Politics

Vichy France breaks off diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom

 
Tuesday 09 July 1940
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Italy Guilio Cesare Battleship Damaged 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

Italy Bolzano Heavy Cruiser Damaged Damaged by gunfire from British warship Neptune during Battle of Calabria 09/07/1940
Great Britain Delight Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German aircraft 20 miles SSW Portland Bill, the ship had been spotted by German radar at Cherbourg prompting attack, a bomb hit ship's foc'sle causing a major fire, 6 dead, 50.12N 02.17W 29/07/1940. The ship sank in Portland harbour 30/07/1940
Great Britain Salmon Submarine Lost Mined of Norwegian coast 09/07/1940. Wreck of the submarine was found by a Norwegian survey ship 2008 N57.00 E 02.47
Great Britain Foxglove Sloop Lost 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
 
Wednesday 10 July 1940
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Italy Leone Pancaldo Destroyer Damaged Torpedoed by Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Eagle at Augusta 10/07/1940  
 
Military

East Africa Front: Italians attack British forces in Sudan and British Somaliland

 
Thursday 11 July 1940
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Friday 12 July 1940
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Saturday 13 July 1940
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Other

British Welterweight Boxing Title Ernie Roderick (GB) beat Norman Snow (GB) Pts 15, Franklin's Gardens, Northampton.

 
Sunday 14 July 1940
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Politics

Soviets organize rigged general elections in the Baltic States

 
Other

Football International: Germany 9-3 Romania, Waldstadion, Frankfurt am Main

 
Monday 15 July 1940
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Tuesday 16 July 1940
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Great Britain Glasgow Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Imogen off Duncansby Head in fog at speed 58.34N 02.54W 16/07/1940  
Great Britain Imogen Destroyer Lost Damaged in collision with British warship Glasgow in thick fog off Duncansby Head, a fire forced the ship to be abandoned & she sank later, 58.34N 02.54W 16/07/1940  
Great Britain Phoenix Submarine Lost Torpedoed by Italian MTB Albatros, off eastern Sicily, the Ionian Sea 37.15N 15.15E 16/07/1940  
 
Wednesday 17 July 1940
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Naval

Battle of Britain: Start of Kanalkamf German air raids on British shipping in the English Channel

 
Other

Non-French aliens banned from public office in Vichy France

 
Thursday 18 July 1940
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Naval

Vichy France aircraft bomb Gibraltar

 
Other

Football International: Estonia 2-1 Latvia, Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn

Football International: Uruguay 3-0 Argentina, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo

 
Friday 19 July 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Italy Bartolomeo Colleoni Light Cruiser Lost Damaged by gunfire from Australian warship Sydney, the 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  
Great Britain Beagle Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a 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 & gyro compass 19/07/1940. Arrived for repair at Devonport 20/07/1940  
Great Britain Havock Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a bomb near-miss from Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 & SM 81 aircraft off Crete, during Battle of Cape Spada. One of the ship's boilers damaged & speed reduced to 24 knots 19/07/1940  
 
Other

World Middleweight Boxing Title Tony Zale (USA) beat Al Hostak (USA) Rsf 13, Civic Stadium, Seattle.

 
Saturday 20 July 1940
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Great Britain Acheron Destroyer Damaged 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  
Great Britain Brazen Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German aircraft in Straits of Dover, the ship's back broken. The ship was taken in tow, but another bomb hit engine room & ship sank off Folkestone, 1 dead, 51.01N 01.17E 20/07/1940  
Italy Nembo Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, in the Gulf of Bomba 20/07/1940  
Italy Ostro Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by British Fairey Swordfish aircraft, in the Gulf of Bomba 20/07/1940  
Sunday 21 July 1940
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Politics

Czechoslovak government-in-exile arrives in London

Soviet-controlled parliaments request membership of the USSR

 
Other

German Football Championship Final: Schalke 04 1-0 Dresdner SC 1898, Olympic Stadium, Berlin.

 
Monday 22 July 1940
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Tuesday 23 July 1940
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Great Britain Thames Submarine Lost Lost possibly mined 23/07/1940  
Great Britain Narwhal Submarine Lost Lost in the North Sea off Norway 23/07/1940. Report of attack by German aircraft 125 miles E of Aberdeen  
Politics

British Home Guard officially established

 
Wednesday 24 July 1940
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Thursday 25 July 1940
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Great Britain Boreas Destroyer Damaged Damaged by a 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. Damaged by a bomb near-miss from German aircraft during air raid whilst under repair. She was damaged by bomb splinters 19/01/1941  
Great Britain Brilliant Destroyer Damaged 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. The 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  
Military

All women and children evacuated from Gibraltar to Casablanca, French Morocco and then unto the United Kingdom. They were picked up from Casablanca by British merchant ships repatriating French servicemen evacuated from Dunkirk

Friday 26 July 1940
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Germany Luchs Destroyer Lost Torpedoed British submarine Swordfish SW of Stavanger, in North Sea 58.30N 04.30E 26/07/1940  
 
Politics

US Government activates a GHQ which is designed to organise mobilization and training of a field army

 
Saturday 27 July 1940
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Great Britain Codrington Destroyer Lost Bombed by German aircraft Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter-bombers in Dover harbour, bombs exploded under the keel and broke her back, 3 injured 27/07/1940  
Great Britain Wren Destroyer Lost 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 the waterline, causing extensive flooding & her sinking, 37 dead, 52.10N 02.06E 27/07/1940  
Sunday 28 July 1940
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Great Britain Montrose Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German Ju 87 Stuka dive-bomber aircraft, 20 miles E of Aldeburgh along with British warship Wren, the bow of the ship blown off, 52.10N 02.06E 27/07/1940  
Monday 29 July 1940
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Other

World Featherweight Boxing Title Harry Jeffra (USA) beat Jack 'Spider' Armstrong (Canada) Pts 15, Carlin's Park, Baltimore.

 
Tuesday 30 July 1940
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Wednesday 31 July 1940
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Great Britain Kashmir Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with trawler Kurd in the North Sea 31/07/1940  
Great Britain Whitshed Destroyer Damaged Damaged by mine off Harwich, mine blew off the bow, ship towed to Harwich by British warship Wild Swan 31/07/1940