5 Aug 1940
  • During the night, British Hampden aircraft attacked battleship Tirpitz to little effect. ww2dbase [Tirpitz | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-56 fired two torpedoes at Allied Convoy OB-193 northwest of Malin Head, County Donegal, Ireland at 2138 hours, scoring one hit on British merchant ship Boma; 3 were killed and 50 survived; Boma would sink on next day ww2dbase [First Happy Time | U-56 | CPC]
  • HMS Hermes joined a South Africa-bound convoy in the South Atlantic. ww2dbase [Hermes | CPC]
Brazil British Somaliland
  • Lieutenant General Bertoldi's Italian troops captured Zeila, British Somaliland, preventing forces in French Somaliland from reinforcing the British forces from the west. ww2dbase [Invasion of British Somaliland | Zeila | CPC]
French West Africa
  • British ship Cape St. George hit the wreck of Yugoslavian ship Rad off of the coast of Senegal in western Africa, which was sunk by German submarine U-A two days earlier; as Cape St. George sank, the crew of 65 were rescued by British ship Grodno, which was carrying the survivors of Rad. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • Germany announced that all citizens will be required to carry a Certificate of Ancestry (Ahnenpass) that proves their Aryan purity dating back to 1800. ww2dbase [TH]
  • T10 was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [T10 | CPC]
Italy Latvia United Kingdom
  • The United Kingdom and Poland signed a military agreement. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle agreed on Free French forces organization. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Large German Luftwaffe formations patrolled the Strait of Dover and attacked convoys off the east and southeast coast of England, United Kingdom; 4 German Bf 109 fighters and 1 British Spitfire fighter were shot down as RAF fighters rose to intercept. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT River Clyde hit a naval mine off Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom and sank, killing 12. ww2dbase [Aldeburgh, England | CPC]
United States
  • The US Navy Chief of Naval Operations established general ground rules to govern the exchange of scientific and technical information with the British mission under Sir Henry Tizard. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Navy Rear Admiral John W. Greenslade and French Vice Admiral Georges A. M. J. Robert amicably discussed the presence of French warships (aircraft carrier BĂ©arn, light cruiser Émile Bertin, training cruiser Jeanne d'Arc, and auxiliary cruisers Esterelle, Quercy, and Barfleur) and aircraft (44 SBC-4 dive bombers, 15 Hawk 75 fighters, and 6 Brewster fighters) in the western hemisphere. ww2dbase [CPC]

5 Aug 1940 Interactive Map

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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