December 1940

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  Axis Dec-40 Allied Neutral
Vichy France Denmark Romania Italy Germany Total Class Total Great Britain Free France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland Netherlands Norway USA
2 0 0 2 3 5 Battleship 16 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
0 0 0 0 0 0 Fleet Carrier 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
0 0 0 0 0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 7 2 9 Heavy Cruiser 15 9 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 19
9 0 0 13 3 16 Light Cruiser 62 41 9 0 4 2 0 4 2 19
52 0 7 82 34 123 Destroyer 276 181 60 15 6 0 5 7 2 161
61 8 1 92 50 143 Submarine 143 54 68 0 0 0 1 20 0 87
1 0 0 0 0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12 0 3 32 9 44 Escorts 138 107 21 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 8 8 Other 56 44 3 4 3 1 0 0 1 0

 

Neutral
ClassJapan Soviet UnionArgentina BrazilChileColumbia Peru SwedenPortugal Spain Yugoslavia GreeceTurkeyThailand
Battleship 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleet Carrier 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 16 4 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0
Light Cruiser 19 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Destroyer 106 53 16 7 8 2 2 16 5 16 9 19 4 10
Submarine 53 207 3 4 9 0 4 16 3 4 4 6 8 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 15 18 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 2 0 4

 

Sunday 1st December 1940
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Canada Saguenay Destroyer Damaged Damaged by torpedo from Italian submarine Argo, 300 miles off the Irish coast, bow section destroyed, 3 dead 01/12/1940  
 
Politics

American ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P Kennedy is asked to resign by American President Roosevelt after his Boston Sunday Globe article about democracy being finished in England

 
Other

Football International: Italy 1-1 Hungary, Stadio Comunale, Genoa

 
Monday 2nd December 1940
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Great Britain Forfar Armed Merchant Cruiser Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-99, 500 miles W of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, 172 dead, 54.35N 18.18W 02/12/1940  
 
Other

World Bantamweight Boxing Title Lou Salica (USA) beat Small Montana (Philippines) Rsf 3, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.

 
Tuesday 3rd December 1940
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Great Britain Glasgow Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by 2 torpedoes from Italian aircraft whilst at anchor in Suda Bay, Crete, damaged to two propeller shafts, extensive flooding & some fires 03/12/1940. Temporary repair at Alexandria, ship's speed limited to 24 knots 15/02/1941  
 
Wednesday 4th December 1940
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor night time British air raid, 80+ aircraft attack on Dusseldorf & Turin

 
Thursday 5th December 1940
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Italy Calipso Destroyer Escort Lost Mined laid by British submarine Rorqual, E of Tripoli, 4 miles off Misurata, Libya 05/12/1940  
 
Friday 6th December 1940
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Great Britain Regulus Submarine Lost Mined by Italian mine around the Straits of Otranto, off Taranto, in the Mediterranean Sea, no survivors 06/12/1940
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 50+ on Luftwaffe airfields in France

 
Saturday 7th December 1940
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 70+ on Dusseldorf

 
Sunday 8th December 1940
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Great Britain Rodney Battleship Damaged Damaged by heavy weather in North Atlantic, causing major structural damage, parting steel hull plates & flooding 08/12/1940. Arrived for repair at Rosyth 18/12/1940  
 
Politics

General Francisco Franco rules out Spanish entry into the war

 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 370+ aircraft attack on London. BBC Broadcasting House damaged

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 90+ on Dusseldorf

 
Other

Football International: Croatia 1-1 Hungary, Stadion Koturaška, Zagreb

 
Monday 9th December 1940
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Military

Western Desert Campaign: Operation Compass the British forces attack Italian forces in Egypt and Libya

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 70+ on Bremen

 
Tuesday 10th December 1940
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Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 60+ on German ports

 
Wednesday 11th December 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 380+ aircraft attack on Birmingham. Extensive damage to city centre & factories

 
Thursday 12th December 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 400+ aircraft attack on Sheffield. Extensive damage to city centre

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 15+ on Duisburg

 
Friday 13th December 1940
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Great Britain Coventry Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged by torpedo from Italian submarine Naiad, off North African coast, ship's bow badly damaged 13/12/1940. Temporary repair at Alexandria, new bow structure fitted 14/12/1940. During trails new bow structure fell off 27/12/1940. Repaired Alexandria heavier steel bow & concrete back fill fitted to bow, speed limited to 23 knots 28/12/1940  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 30+ on Bremen & Kiel

 
Saturday 14th December 1940
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France Branlebas Torpedo Boat Lost Wrecked in storm SSE of Eddystone Rock, in the English Channel 14/12/1940  
Italy Naiade Submarine Lost Scuttled to avoid capture after being forced to surface by British warships Hereward & Hyperion, Off Bardia, in the Mediterranean Sea 14/12/1940  
 
Other

Charlie Chaplin's film, The Great Dictator released

Sunday 15th December 1940
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Great Britain Cameron Destroyer Lost Damaged by bombs from German aircraft at Portsmouth harbour 15/12/1940. Constructive total loss  
Italy Capitano Tarantini Submarine Lost Torpedoed by British submarine Thunderbolt in the Gironde estuary, Bay of Biscay 15/12/1940  
France Narval Submarine Lost Mined NE of Sfax, Tunisia, in the Mediterranean Sea 35.03N 11.53E 15/12/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Heavy night time German air raid, 135+ aircraft attack on Sheffield. Minor raid on Portsmouth

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 70+ on Berlin

 
Monday 16th December 1940
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Military

Western Desert Campaign: Operation Compass British forces captured by Sollum, Egypt and capture Fort Capuzzo in Libya

The Bomber Offensive: Major British air raid, 200+ on Mannheim

 
Other

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Al McCoy (USA) Rtd 10, Boston Garden, Boston.

Australian & British Empire Middleweight Boxing Title Ron Richards (Aus) beat Fred Henneberry (Aus) Disq 13, Sydney Stadium, Sydney.

Australian & British Empire Middleweight Boxing Title Ron Richards (Aus) beat Fred Henneberry (Aus) Disq 12, Sydney Stadium, Sydney.

 
Tuesday 17th December 1940
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Great Britain Acheron Destroyer Lost Mined S of the Isle of Wight, ship was on post refit trials, she suffered major structural damage to the bow, 167 sailors dead, 25 dockyard men dead & 19 survivors 50.31N 01.31W 17/12/1940  
 
Wednesday 18th December 1940
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Canada St Croix Destroyer Damaged Damaged by heavy storm weather, in the North Atlantic on convoy duty during passage to St Johns, Newfoundland. Arrived for repair at Halifax, NS 18/12/1941  
Great Britain Triton Submarine Lost Mined by Italian mine around the Straits of Otranto, off Taranto, in the Mediterranean Sea, no survivors 18/12/1940  
 
Politics

Adolf Hitler approves planning for Operation Barbarossa the German invasion of the Soviet Union

 
Thursday 19th December 1940
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Greece Proteus Submarine Lost Rammed by Italian MTB Antares off Vlore, Albania 19/12/1940  
 
Military

The Bomber Offensive: Minor British air raid, 80+ on Cologne, Duisburg & Gelsenkirchen

 
Friday 20th December 1940
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Great Britain Warwick Destroyer Damaged Damaged by mine from German aircraft off Liverpool, taken in tow by British warship Wild Swan 20/12/1940  
Great Britain Berkeley Destroyer Escort Damaged Damaged by mine in Outer Medway sea area, in the North Sea, ship sustained serious damage 20/12/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 240+ aircraft attack on Liverpool & Birkenhead. Damage to docks

The Bomber Offensive: Heavy British air raid, 125+ on Berlin & Gelsenkirchen

 
Saturday 21st December 1940
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Great Britain Foresight Destroyer Damaged Damaged by bombs from German aircraft at Liverpool 21/12/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Major night time German air raid, 300+ aircraft attack on Liverpool & Birkenhead. Damage to city centre

 
Sunday 22nd December 1940
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Great Britain Hyperion Destroyer Lost Damaged by Italian mine off Cape Bon, in the Straits of Sicily, causing extensive damage, ship taken in tow by British warship Janus, but as she would be within sight of the island of Pantelleria in the morning, she had to be scuttled, 2 dead, 37.04N 11.31E 22/12/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Heavy night time German air raid, 130+ aircraft attack on Manchester. Extensive damage & fires in cotton warehouses south of city centre

 
Monday 23rd December 1940
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Italy Fratelli Cairoli Destroyer Lost Mined laid by British submarine Rorqual, off Misurata, Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea 23/12/1940  
 
Military

The Blitz: Heavy night time German air raid, 100+ aircraft attack on Manchester. Damage to Manchester Cathedral & city centre

 
Tuesday 24th December 1940
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Wednesday 25th December 1940
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Great Britain Berwick Heavy Cruiser Damaged Damaged by gunfire from German warship Admiral Hipper, defending troopship convoy off the Azores.She was hit 4 times, 4 dead 25/12/1940. Arrived at Gibraltar for temporary repair & landing wounded 31/12/1940. Arrived for repair at Portsmouth 05/01/1941  
 
Thursday 26th December 1940
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Friday 27th December 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night time German air raid, 100+ aircraft attack on London

 
Saturday 28th December 1940
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Politics

Italy requests assistance from Germany in its war with Greece

 
Sunday 29th December 1940
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Military

The Blitz: Heavy night time German air raid, 100+ aircraft attack on London. Damage to St Paul's Cathedral, the Old Bailey, the Guildhall and eight Christopher Wren churches

Monday 30th December 1940
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Tuesday 31st December 1940
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