22 Oct 1940
  • British Ambassador to Moscow attempted to distance the Soviet Union away from Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Aktion Burckel: 29,000 Jews in Alsace-Lorraine, Saarland, and Baden were deported to Southern France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Canadian destroyer HMCS Margaree of Allied convoy OL-8 collided with the freighter Port Fairy in poor visibility 400 miles west of Ireland; 142 were killed as she sank. 34 survived the ordeal. ww2dbase [TH]
  • British minesweeping trawlers HMT Joseph Button hit a mine and sank 6 miles off Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, killing 5; HMT Hickory also hit a mine and sank in the English Channel South of Weymouth, England, killing 24. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Werner Mölders claimed his 50th victory. ww2dbase [Werner Mölders | CPC]
  • Benito Mussolini set the date of the invasion of Greece to 28 Oct 1940. He had decided to attack Greece without informing Germany, as Germany had a history of starting wars without sharing advance information with Italy. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • Heitaro Kimura was named the chief of staff of Kenkichi Ueda (Japanese Kwantung Army in northeastern China). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joseph Stalin accepted Joachim von Ribbentrop's invitation for Vyacheslav Molotov to visit Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • As the heavy fog dissipated in the afternoon, two German fighter sweeps attacked southern England, United Kingdom; 3 German fighters and 6 British fighters were shot down. Overnight, London, Liverpool, and Coventry were bombed; Coventry suffered 150 fires. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | 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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