2 May 1940
  • German forces reached Aandalesnes, Norway. In southern Norway, British troops began to withdraw, but continued to fight in the north to interrupt the flow of iron to Germany. British Vice Admiral John Cunningham arrived in Namsos, Norway with 3 cruisers, 5 destroyers, and 3 transports to aid with the evacuation of the British 146th Brigade; German aircraft attempted to interfere, damaging HMS Maori with a near miss, killing 5 and wounding 18; through the end of the night, 5,350 men were embarked. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Mussolini offered that Italy would not go to war with the United States if the United States would stay out of Europe. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 93 German combat divisions prepared to invade France and the Low Countries. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Ford Island Naval Air Station, Oahu, Hawaii, May 2, 1940.

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