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23 Mar 1940
  • Dutch fighters accidentally shot down a RAF bomber near Rotterdam. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The British Malaya Force was formed to observe German merchant ships in Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine (HMS Truant or HMS Trident) intercepted German merchant ship Edmund Hugo Stinnes IV 6 miles off of the western coast of Denmark at 2330 hours. The German ship sailed closer to shore before being scuttled by its crew. The abandoned ship was later torpedoed and sunk by the submarine. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • IRA prisoners at Dartmoor, England staged a riot. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Deportation of Jews in German-occupied Eastern Europe continued despite of Hermann Göring's order for a temporary pause. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Mar 1940
Officers and crew of USS Louisville, San Pedro, California, United States, 23 Mar 1940

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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"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945