2 Jul 1940
  • The British government canceled the Aug 1940 bank holiday. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Congress passed the Export Control Act, giving the US President the power to control the export of military equipment whenever he thought it was "necessary in the interest of national defense". ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-47 sank the British liner Arandora Star off the coast of Ireland; the liner was carrying 1,500 Italian and German prisoners of war to Canada. ww2dbase [U-47 | TH]
  • Adolf Hitler ordered the planning to begin for Operation Sealion, the invasion of Britain. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German troops traveled from Guernsey to the islands of Alderney and Sark in the Channel Islands, meeting no opposition. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • King Carol II invited a Germany military mission to be established in Romania to train Romanian troops. ww2dbase [Carol II | CPC]

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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