9 Jun 1940
  • The Norwegian 6th Division, essentially the last Norwegian unit still actively fighting the German invasion, surrendered to the Germans. An armistice was to take effect at midnight. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
  • American cruiser USS Vincennes and destroyers USS Truxton and USS Simpson arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco. They began taking on what would be 200 tons of gold from the French reserves to be brought back to the United States for safekeeping. ww2dbase [Vincennes | CPC]
  • British hospital ship Atlantis made rendezvous with battleship HMS Valiant at 1030 hours and reported the sinking of troop transport Orama by German cruiser Admiral Hipper on the previous day. This was the first time the British Admiralty had solid information on the German sortie known as Operation Juno, which had already completed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-46 sank Finnish ship Margareta 350 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain at 1300 hours, killing 5. 19 survivors would remain adrift in a lifeboat for four more days before being rescued. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Dickerson departed Casablanca, French Morocco with American passengers for Lisbon, Portugal, where they would board US passenger liner Washington for Ireland and then the United States. ww2dbase [AC]
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
  • The Italian passenger-cargo ship SS Umbria 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, was stopped by British warships HMS Grimsby and HMS Leander in the Red Sea. The captain of the Umbria, Muiesan Lorenzo, was unaware that war had been declared between the Allies and Italy until the ship had been stopped. The British ordered the ship to anchor off Silayet Reef outside of Port Sudan, Sudan. The captain then set scuttling charges without the British guards knowing and then asked if he could run an emergency training session for his crew to launch lifeboats. The British guard agreed, once the crews were clear explosions were heard and the Umbria started to sink, attempts were made to stop the ship taking on water but to no avail and the guards had to radio for help. ww2dbase [Port Sudan | HM]
  • The German 7th Panzer Division under Rommel pushed the French 10th Army and British 51st Highland Division to the sea at St-Valery-en-Caux, France. To the east, the 14th Panzer Corps under Kleist advanced near Amiens, but his 16th Panzer Corp remained held down at PĂ©ronne. Further east, Guderian's tanks attacked toward Reims. French General Weygand announced that the battle was lost and France should attempt to negotiate an armistice. Meanwhile, the French government evacuated Paris, France. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | Paris | CPC]
  • James Lacey was forced to crash land into a swamp in France, which near drowning him. ww2dbase [James Lacey | CPC]
  • The Soviet Union issued the order for its military to complete preparations for the invasion of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia by 12 Jun 1940. ww2dbase [Annexation of the Baltic States | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jun 1940
HMS Hermes and HMS Dorsetshire escorting convoy US.3 with Australian and New Zealand troops on board, Atlantic Ocean, 9 Jun 1940British Cruiser Mk IV tank on the back of a Scammell tank transporter at Le Neubourg, France, circa 9 Jun 1940

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