26 Apr 1940
  • Gladiator biplanes based out of Stetnesmoen, Norway intercepted a group of German He 111 bombers, downing one of them; this RAF unit would run out of fuel and ammunition by the end of this engagement, however. Adolf Hitler, unhappy that the British 15th Brigade was able to land in Norway without German interference, ordered Ã…ndalsnes, Norway to be bombed the entire day; part of the British 15th Brigade's supplies were destroyed by the bombing while they continued to hold their line against attacks by the German 196th Division at Kvam, 172 kilometers from Ã…ndalsnes. In the evening, the British 15th Brigade fell back 3 kilometers to form a new line at Kjorem. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
  • German submarine U-13 torpedoed and sank British steamer Lily at 0117 hours, killing the entire crew of 24. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Satisfied with the progress in Norway, Adolf Hitler ordered his generals to resume planning for the invasion of France. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | CPC]
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  • In Britain, Lord Beaverbrook's Daily Express published an editorial condemning the stirring up of witch hunts against foreign nationals falsely suspected of being members of a Fifth column. ww2dbase [Beaverbrook | AC]

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




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