11 Jul 1940
  • USS Wichita and USS Quincy departed Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil for Santos, Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Marshal Philippe Pétain declared himself head of state of the French Republic. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British Minister for Aircraft Production Lord Beaverbrook announced that there would be virtually no limit to expenditures on US aircraft, with costs working out to over £2 million per day on planes for the RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Atlantis sank British ship City Of Baghdad 400 miles southeast of Ceylon. 2 men were killed and 81 were taken prisoner. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-34 sank Norwegian ship Janna 100 miles southwest of Ireland at 0700 hours. The entire crew of 25 took to lifeboats and would reach Mizen Head, Ireland 3 days later. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian submarine Tarantini sank Panamanian tanker Beme 60 miles south of Cyprus. The entire crew was rescued by Tarantini. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Army approached 135 American automotive manufacturers to submit designs to replace its existing, aging light motor vehicles. They were told that they must submit their first prototypes within 49 days and have 70 test vehicles prepared in 75 days. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Bernard Montgomery was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Frank Knox took office as the US Secretary of the Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Laurence Wild relieved Captain Edward W. Hanson as Governor of American Samoa and Commandant of Naval Station, Tutuila, Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Erich Raeder met with Adolf Hitler at Obersalzberg, München-Oberbayern, Germany to discuss the invasion of Britain and the establishment of navy bases in Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joachim von Ribbentrop requested Spain to assist in the detaining of the Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas Bader shot down a German Do 17 aircraft off the coast of Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Richard Saul was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Richard O'Connor was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Pierre Laval became the 120th Prime Minister of France with the title of the Vice President of the Council. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German aircraft attacked the British Royal Navy Base at Portland in southern England, United Kingdom; 1 British Hurricane fighter, 2 British Spitfire fighters, 2 German Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers, and 2 German Bf 109 fighters were shot down. Off the eastern coast of England Hurricane fighters of No. 66 Squadron RAF attacked a Do 17 bombers on a reconnaissance mission, shooting it down but they also one of their own. Off the coast of Kent in southern England, a German rescue seaplane escorted by 12 Bf 109 fighters was shot down by the British while en route to rescue downed German airmen; 2 of the 6 Spitfire fighters and 2 of the 12 Bf 109 fighters were also lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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