14 Jun 1940
  • Destroyer USS O'Brien departed Bahia, Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-47 sank British ship Balmoralwood southwest of Ireland; the crew of 41 would later be rescued. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At dawn, 4 French cruisers and 11 destroyers shelled oil storage tanks at the port of Genoa, Italy. French destroyer Albatros was hit by Italian coastal artillery, killing 12, but she was able to return. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 stopped Greek ship Antonis Georgandis 300 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain with two warning shots from the submarine's 20mm deck gun. After the crew abandoned the ship, U-101 sank her with the deck gun. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-38 sank Greek ship Mount Myrto southwest of Ireland, killing 4. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US President Roosevelt signed the Naval Expansion Act, which increased the carrier, cruiser, and submarine tonnage of the US Navy by 167,000 tons, increased auxiliary shipping by 75,000 tons, and increased the number of authorized naval aircraft to 4,500 planes. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Fleet Air Arm Swordfish aircraft from "a training squadron" (later to become No. 830 Squadron on Malta) made the first air attack on Italy, hitting Genoa with French bombs. ww2dbase [AC]
Estonia
  • The Soviet Union presented an ultimatum to Lithuania, forcing it to allow the establishment of a new Soviet government. Meanwhile, Soviet aircraft and warships blockaded the Estonian coast, shooting down a Finnish passenger aircraft (killing 9, including American and French diplomats) shortly after takeoff at Tallinn to show that the threat was not empty. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • In France, German troops captured the open city of Paris, France without any opposition. To the north, the coastal city of Le Havre fell under German control. To the east, the German 1st Army under General Erwin von Witzleben broke through the Maginot Line near Saarbrücken. The French government moved from Tours to Bordeaux and appealed for the United States to enter the war. Also on this date, all remaining British troops in France were ordered to return. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Italy
  • Foch bombarded Vado, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Cruiser Dupleix, as a part of the French 3rd Squadron (4 heavy cruisers and 11 destroyers in total), bombarded Genoa, Italy, damaing oil storage tanks and military facilities. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Colbert bombarded Genoa, Italy as a part of Operation Samoyčde. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The giant French Farman F.220 bomber "Jules Verne" attacked Italian oil storage tanks at Porto Marghera, Venice, Italy. Eight bombs were dropped and at least one oil tank was seen to be set on fire. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Poland
  • A group of 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnów become the first prisoners of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Jun 1940
A French civilian weeping as German soldiers marched into Paris, France, 14 Jun 1940

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

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