11 Jun 1940
  • German 7th Panzer Division under Rommel captured Le Havre, France, then turned back and drove 30 miles to the northeast to St-Valery-en-Caux, where the German troops succeeded in encircling 46,000 French and British troops. Elsewhere in northern France, troops under Guderian captured Rheims. In the south, Italian troops began crossing the Alps toward the French border. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Foreign Minister Anthony Eden traveled to France for a Supreme War Council meeting at Chateau du Muguet near Briare. Churchill, detecting feelings of defeat, reminded the French that the 28 Mar agreement noted that none of the two countries could seek a separate peace with Germany without the other country's consent. During this meeting, French Navy Admiral François Darlan assured Churchill that the French fleet would not fall into German hands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British law dictated that all British citizens who owned an Anderson shelter must have it installed by this date. ww2dbase [TH]
  • RAF aircraft attacked German vessels at Trondheim, Norway. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Armored cars of the British 11th Hussars crossed into Libya and capture Italian prisoners who were unaware they were already at war. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarines U-48 and U-101 sank Greek ships Violando N. Goulandris and Mount Hymettus off Cape Finisterre, Spain. Nearby, U-46 torpedoed British tanker Athelprince, but failed to sink her; Athelprince would be salvaged and returned to service by Jan 1941. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa declared war on Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Due to the Italian entry into the European War, US President Roosevelt declared the Mediterranean Sea and mouth of Red Sea to be combat zones for American ships in accordance with the Neutrality Act. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Prime Minister Churchill sent a telegram to US President Roosevelt urging the US to send more destroyers to the United Kingdom especially in light of the Italian entry into the European War. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US passenger liner Washington, en route from Lisbon, Portugal to Galway, Ireland with 1,020 Americans passengers aboard, was stopped by German submarine U-101 as the German submarine misidentified her as a Greek ship. After her identity became clear via blinker signals, U-101 allowed Washington to continue with her journey. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The first Hurricane Mk II prototype aircraft, actually a converted production Mk I example, took its first flight. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Norwegian trawler Borgund rescued 37 survivors of sunken HMS Glorious and 2 survivors of sunken HMS Acasta. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Luftwaffe bombers attacked Paris, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Italy
  • RAF aircraft bombed Turin and Genoa in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Malta
  • Ten Italian Z.1007 Alcione bombers attacked Grand Harbour, RAF Hal Far, and Kalafrana in Malta, killing 1 civilian and 6 soldiers. RAF Hal Far was the first of the three major Malta airfields to be attacked during the war. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH, CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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