8 May 1940
  • The opposition party in the United Kingdom, the Labour Party, called for a vote of no confidence for Prime Minister Chamberlain's government. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister David Lloyd George called for Chamberlain to step down for the good of the country. ww2dbase [Neville Chamberlain | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler pushed the decision date for the invasion of France to the following day. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | CPC]
  • Bruce Fraser was promoted to the rank of vice admiral. ww2dbase [Bruce Fraser | CPC]
  • American river gunboat Tutuila ran aground on a reef and became stranded in the Yangtze River at Chongqing, China. ww2dbase [Chongqing | CPC]
  • Chinese Communist Brigadier General Chen Yi recommended his superiors to launch an offensive against Nationalist positions in Jiangsu Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Huangqiao | CPC]
  • Garland exited drydocks at Malta. ww2dbase [Garland | CPC]
  • Semyon Timoshenko was appointed the Soviet commissar for defense. ww2dbase [Semyon Timoshenko | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 May 1940
Troops of 6th Infantry Regiment of Japanese 3rd Division crossing the Bai River north of Yichang, Hubei, China, 8 May 1940

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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