6 Jun 1940
  • German 5th and 7th Panzer Divisions bypassed the strongpoints on the French Weygand defensive line, penetrating near Abeville, Amiens, and Petonne. Nevertheless, the French hedgehog defense along the Weygand Line inflicted German tank losses, with the obsolete 75mm field guns performing surprisingly well as anti-tank guns. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | TH]
  • All Austrian and German citizens in the United Kingdom were ordered to turn in privately-owned radios. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The British government banned the manufacture of a large number of household goods. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-46 sank the British armed merchant cruiser Carinthia off the coast of Ireland. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 5,100 Allied personnel were transported to troop transports hiding in fjords near Narvik, Norway over the previous night. They then departed the area with about 15,000 troops aboard, escorted by destroyer HMS Arrow and sloop HMS Stork for the first phase of their trip back to Britain. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
  • German submarine U-46 torpedoed British armed merchant cruiser HMS Carinthia west of Galway Bay, Ireland. Carinthia would remain afloat for another 30 hours before sinking. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Galland was appointed Gruppenkommandeur III/JG 26. ww2dbase [Adolf Galland | AC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived at the Wolfsschlucht headquarters at Brûly-de-Pesche, Belgium. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • Captain Alfred Montgomery relieved Captain Wood as commanding officer of USS Ranger. ww2dbase [Ranger | DS]
China Egypt
  • Italian cargo ship SS Umbria departed Port Said, Egypt with a secret cargo of 6,000 tons of bombs, 600 cases of detonators, 100 tons of various weapons, more than 2,000 tons of cement, and three Fiat 1100 cars aboard. ww2dbase [Port Said | HM]
Italy Russia Photo(s) dated 6 Jun 1940
Soldiers of the Ikeda Detachment of Japanese 13th Division crossing a tributary of the Han River south of Shayang County, Hubei, China, 6 Jun 1940

6 Jun 1940 Interactive Map

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