8 Nov 1940
  • After failing to expand from the Kalamas River bridgehead in western Greece, Italian troops in that region began to pull back. In the Pindus Mountains in northern Greece, the enveloped Italian Julia Division also began to attempt to break out for a retreat. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | TH]
  • RAF bombed Munich, Germany, narrowly missing Hitler. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | TH]
  • French Legionnaires and colonial troops from Senegal and Cameroun landed north and south of Vichy-French-held Libreville, French Equitorial Africa. Heavy fighting began immediately. ww2dbase [Battle of Gabon | CPC]
  • Operation Crack: Aircraft of British carrier HMS Ark Royal attacked the seaplane base at Elmas near Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British tug HMS Muria hit a mine and sank off the Isle of Thanet near Dover, England, United Kingdom, killing the entire crew. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German bombers attacked a convoy in the Thames Estuary in southern England, United Kingdom, sinking or damaging several merchant ships. Two Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers were shot down by destroyer HMS Winchester, which soon hit a mine and was damaged. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German bombers damaged Swedish ship Vingaland 300 miles west of Ireland. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Dutch submarine O-22 disappeared in the North Sea 40 miles southwest of Norway; 42 Dutch and 3 British sailors were missing and were presumed dead. ww2dbase [North Sea | CPC]
  • RAF Station Takali was officially operational on Malta. ww2dbase [RAF Takali | Ta' Qali | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Nov 1940
Greek soldier posing with a wrecked Italian L3/33 tankette during the Battle of Elaia-Kalamas, northern Greece, early Nov 1940

8 Nov 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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