24 Apr 1940
  • Orion sank the ship Haxby in the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Cruiser Georges Leygues was ordered to sail to Mers-el-Kébir, French Algeria. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Josef Terboven was appointed the Reichskommissar of Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • France urged Italy to stay out of the European War. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Naval Attaché in Norway Lieutenant Commander Ole E. Hagen escorted a group of American citizens fleeting Norway into Sweden. ww2dbase [CPC]
Egypt
  • Duquesne was assigned to Force X stationed in Alexandria, Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Norway
  • HMS Glorious arrived off off the Norwegian and transferred Gladiator aircraft to airfields on land. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
  • In Norway, 18 Gladiator biplanes of the 263 Squadron RAF arrived at the frozen Lake Lesjaskogsvatnet in Norway, which was to become their base of operations; the field had no anti-aircraft defense. Troops of the British 15th Brigade landed at Åndalsnes after a 9-day journey by sea from France; they immediately marched south toward Lillehammer, Norway. Troops of the Norwegian 6th Brigade attacked German positions north of Narvik, Norway; Gratangsbotn was briefly re-captured by Norwegian troops. German troops repelled a British attack near Trondheim. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United Kingdom
  • British House of Commons approved a trade agreement with Spain; it was the first since the Spanish Civil War. ww2dbase [TH]

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




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