October 1940

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  Axis Oct-40 Allied Neutral
Vichy France Denmark Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway USA Japan
2 0 6 2 8 Battleship 15 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 10
0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
0 0 0 0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
4 0 7 2 9 Heavy Cruiser 15 9 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 19 18
9 0 13 3 16 Light Cruiser 65 44 9 0 4 2 0 4 2 19 19
52 0 86 34 120 Destroyer 265 172 60 15 5 0 4 7 2 190 103
62 8 98 44 142 Submarine 146 55 69 0 0 0 1 21 0 79 53
1 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 0 34 9 43 Escorts 116 89 23 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 15
3 2 0 9 9 Other 58 48 3 2 3 1 0 0 1 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 4 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 0 0 0 0
Destroyer 50 16 7 8 2 2 18 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 196 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

 

Tuesday 01 October 1940
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Military

Battle of Britain: Widespread daylight German air raids confined Portsmouth, Southampton, London & the south coast. Large night time German air raids on Manchester, London & Glasgow. After this date daylight, German air raids consisted of single or small numbers of aircraft in nuisance raids

 
News

German authorities declare the Polish city of Lodz 'Judenrein', free of Jewish presence and the Jewish Ghetto in the city is sealed off.

 
Wednesday 02 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Berillo Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges & forced to surface by British warship Havock & Hasty off the Egypt coast in the Mediterranean Sea, the boat was scuttled by the crew who were captured 02/10/1940  
 
Military

Battle of Britain: Large daylight German air raids return to London 170+ aircraft

 
Other

Baseball World Series Game 1: Detroit Tigers 7-2 Cincinnati Reds, Crosley Field, Cincinnati.

Thursday 03 October 1940
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Other

Baseball World Series Game 2: Detroit Tigers 3-5 Cincinnati Reds, Crosley Field, Cincinnati. 1 game all

Vichy French Government issues laws discriminating against Jews in France & leads to similar laws in French North Africa

 
Friday 04 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Rainbow Submarine Lost Rammed by Italian merchant ship Antonietta Costa 60 miles ENE of Bari, in the Adriatic Sea, 41.28N 18.05E 04/10/1940  
 
Politics

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass to discuss prospects in the war

 
Other

World Welterweight Boxing Title Fritzie Zivic (USA) beat Henry Armstrong (USA) Pts 15, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Baseball World Series Game 3: Cincinnati Reds 4-7 Detroit Tigers, Briggs Stadium, Detroit. Detroit Tigers 2-1

 
Saturday 05 October 1940
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Other

Baseball World Series Game 4: Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Detroit Tigers, Briggs Stadium, Detroit. 2-2

 
Sunday 06 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Gemma Submarine Lost Torpedoed by accident by Italian submarine Tricheco, E of Crete, in the Mediterranean Sea 06/10/1940  
 
Other

Football International: Hungary 2-2 Germany, Üllői úti Stadion, Budapest

Football International: Sweden 1-1 Denmark, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm

Baseball World Series Game 5: Cincinnati Reds 0-8 Detroit Tigers, Briggs Stadium, Detroit. Detroit Tigers 3-2 up

 
Monday 07 October 1940
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Other

Baseball World Series Game 6: Detroit Tigers 0-4 Cincinnati Reds, Crosley Field, Cincinnati. 3-3

 
Tuesday 08 October 1940
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Other

Baseball World Series Game 7: Detroit Tigers 1-2 Cincinnati Reds, Crosley Field, Cincinnati. Cincinnati Reds win World Series 4-3

 
Wednesday 09 October 1940
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Politics

Neville Chamberlain resigns as MP because of ill health. Winston Churchill is elected as leader of the Conservative Party

 
Thursday 10 October 1940
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Friday 11 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Imperial Destroyer Damaged Damaged by mine S of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, the ship suffered serious structural damage & towed into port by British warship Decoy, 35.24N 14.34E 11/10/1940  
 
Military

Battle of Britain: Large night time German air raids on London & Liverpool

 
Canada
Saturday 12 October 1940
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Great Britain Ajax Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by gunfire from Italian warship Artiglieri during Battle of Cape Passero, the ship hit 7 times, bridge area damaged & radar knocked out, 13 dead, 22 dead 12/10/1940. Arrived for repair Alexandria 16/10/1940  
Canada Artigliere Destroyer Lost Damaged by gunfire from British warship Ajax during the Battle of Cape Passero, in the Mediterranean Sea, 13 dead, 22 injured, ship taken in tow by Italian warship Camicia Nera, but cast off when British forces spotted her, ship surrendered to British warship York & was after the crew abandoned her she was sunk by gunfire & torpedoes, she sank after a spectacular explosion, 36.30N 16.07E 12/10/1940
Canada Airone Destroyer Escort Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warship Ajax during the Battle of Cape Passero, in the Mediterranean Sea 12/10/1940  
Canada Ariel Destroyer Escort Lost Sunk by gunfire from British warship Ajax during the Battle of Cape Passero, in the Mediterranean Sea 12/10/1940  
 
Other

All Jews deported from Luxembourg on the orders of German authorities

 
Sunday 13 October 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Significant fall off of air raids on Britain

 
News

13-year-old Princess Elizabeth gives her first broadcast to British children everywhere, during these difficult times

 
Monday 14 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Liverpool Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from Italian aircraft off Leros in the Aegean Sea, damage to A turret & caused a fire that resulted in the explosion of 5700 gallons of petrol stored in the bow, taken in tow by the stern by British warship Orion 14/10/1940. Bow structure broke away & sank during tow 15/10/1940. Arrives for temporary repair Alexandria 16/10/1940
Great Britain Cheshire Armed Merchant Cruiser Damaged Damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U-137, NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic 55.13N 13.02W 14/10/1940. Ship beached at Carrickfergus  
 
Military

Blitz: Balham underground station is hit by a German bomb 66 killed

 
Tuesday 15 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Foca Submarine Lost Lost unknown cause in mine laying off Haifa 15/10/1940  
Great Britain Triad Submarine Lost Sunk by torpedo & gunfire from Italian submarine Enrico Toti in the Gulf of Taranto, in the Mediterranean Sea, boat exchanged fire with Italian boat before attempting to dive, as she submerged the boat rose vertically & disappeared, 0 survivors 15/10/1940  
 
Politics

The Italian government decided to invade Greece from Italian occupied Albania

 
Military

Battle of Britain: Large daylight German air raids, 550+ enemy aircraft, attack Portsmouth, Southampton, London & the south coast. Large night time German air raids on London.

 
Wednesday 16 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Fame Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Ashanti, before running aground off River Tyne, during operation to clear mines from estuary 16/10/1940. Refloated after removing much of her deck equipment 01/11/1940  
Great Britain Ashanti Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with British warship Fame, before running aground off River Tyne, during operation to clear mines from the estuary. The ship grounded after collision & could only be refloated after removing much of her armament etc 16/10/1940  
Great Britain Maori Destroyer Damaged Damaged whilst avoiding both British warships Fame & Ashanti, running aground off River Tyne, during operation to clear mines from the estuary, ship's ASDIC dome was lost 16/10/1940  
 
Politics    
Military    
Thursday 17 October 1940
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Military

Battle of Britain: Large daylight German air raids, 300+ enemy aircraft, attack on London & south-east England. Large night time German air raids on London & Liverpool.

 
Friday 18 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Durbo Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by British warships Firedrake & Wrestler E of Gibraltar, in the Mediterranean Sea, the crew failed to scuttle the boat before a British boarding party found cypher books onboard 18/10/1940  
Great Britain H 49 Submarine Lost Depth charged by German warships UJ 116 & UJ 118, W of Texel Island, in the North Sea, 1 survivor 18/10/1940  
 
Saturday 19 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Venetia Destroyer Lost Mined off Knob Buoy, Thames estuary 51.33N 01.10E 19/10/1940  
 
Military

First Italian air raid of Bahrain

 
Sunday 20 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Hotspur Destroyer Damaged Damaged after ramming & sinking Italian submarine Lafole, SE of Alboran Island, in the Mediterranean Sea 20/10/1940  
Canada Lafole Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by British warships Gallant, Griffin & Hotspur, SE of Alboran Island, in the Mediterranean Sea, the boat was then rammed by Hotspur & sunk 20/10/1940  
 
Military

Western Desert Campaign: Italian aircraft bomb Cairo

 
Other

German Featherweight Boxing Title Ernst Weiss (Germany) beat Kurt Bernhardt (Germany) Pts 12, Deutschlandhalle, Berlin.

Football International: Denmark 3-3 Sweden, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Football International:Germany 7-3 Bulgaria, Grünwalder Stadion, Munich

 
Monday 21 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Francesco Nullo Destroyer Lost Damaged by gunfire from British warship Kimberley & beached off Harmi Island, in the Red Sea, ship finished off by torpedo 21/10/1940. Wreck destroyed by British RAF Bristol Blenheim aircraft 22/10/1940  
Great Britain Kimberley Destroyer Damaged Damaged by gunfire from Italian shore battery Harmil Island, Red Sea, damage to the engine room which disabled ship 21/10/1940. Temporary repair at Alexandria, ship's speed limited to 15 knots 30/10/1940  
 
Military

Battle of Britain: Large night time German air raids on London, Coventry, South Wales & Liverpool.

 
Tuesday 22 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Canada Margaree Destroyer Lost Collision with merchant ship SS Port Fairy, 450 miles NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, ship lost on first commission, 34 survivors 142 dead, 53.24N 22.50W 22/10/1940  
 
Wednesday 23 October 1940
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Thursday 24 October 1940
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Military

Battle of Britain: First action by the Italian Air Corp over the United Kingdom

Battle of Britain: Large night time German air raids on London & Birmingham

 
Friday 25 October 1940
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Military

Berlin and Hamburg bombed

Battle of Britain: Large night time German air raids on London & Birmingham

 
Saturday 26 October 1940
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Military

Battle of Britain: Large nighttime German air raids on London & Birmingham

 
Other

Vacant European Lightweight Boxing Title Karl Blaho (Germany) beat Otello Abbruciati (Italy) Pts 15, Circus Renz, Vienna.

 
Sunday 27 October 1940
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Monday 28 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Walpole Destroyer Damaged Damaged by German magnetic mine in the English Channel, ship disabled by explosion 28/10/1940  
 
Politics

Italy invades Greece

 
Military

Greco-Italian War: Start of the Battle of Pindus

 
Other

German authorities issue orders prohibiting Jews from working as civil servants, teachers, lawyers, broadcasters, or newspaper editors in German-occupied Belgium & France

 
Tuesday 29 October 1940
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Military

Battle of Britain: Numerous daylight German air raids on London, south & east coast. Large nighttime German air raids on London & Birmingham

 
Wednesday 30 October 1940
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Country Vessel Type Report description
Great Britain Sturdy Destroyer Lost Wrecked off Tiree Island, W coast of Scotland, 3 dead, 56.29N 06.59W 30/10/1940  
Germany U-32 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charge attack & forced to surface by British warship Highlander & Harvester, crew scuttled the ship to avoid its capture, NW of Ireland, 9 dead, 33 survivors 55.37N 12.19W 30/10/1940  
 
Thursday 31 October 1940
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Politics

German Warsaw District government moves all Jews living in Warsaw into a ghetto

 
Military

Battle of Britain: Offical end of the Battle of Britain