23 Jul 1940
  • The British Secretary of War announced that 1,300,000-strong Local Defence Volunteers was to be renamed the Home Guard. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Kingsley Wood announced the third War Budget, rise in various taxes, and the estimation that war expenditure would be about 3,470,000,000 in the following next year. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • 8,077 Canadian troops bound for Britain departed from Halifax, Nova Scotia on troopships Batory, Antonia, Monarch Of Bermuda, Sobieski, Duchess Of York, and Samaria, escorted by Canadian destroyers HMCS Assiniboine and HMCS Saguenay and British cruiser HMS Emerald. The convoy would arrive safely in Scotland on 1 Aug 1940. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British third war budget raised Income Tax to 8 shillings and 6 pence per pound. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Destroyers USS Walke and USS Wainwright arrived at Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German aircraft conducted raids on coastal cities in Britain and deployed naval mines overnight. A German Do 17 bomber of 1/KF1Gr 606 attacked British submarines HMS Narwhal and HMS Truant 125 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, sinking the former. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British Minister of State for Air Sir Archibald Sinclair reported that the British bomber fleet was capable of dropping 65-70 tons of bombs on Berlin every night for one week. It was a goal to increase that number of 200 tons in the near future. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Sydney Camm, Chief Designer at Hawker aviation, managed to get the Typhoon and Tornado programmes reinstated with reduced priority after the British Air Ministry had decided to throw all resources at the manufacture and repair of existing types. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]

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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