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15 Apr 1940
  • British unemployment figure decreased to 973,000, which was the lowest figure since 1920. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British destroyers Fearless and Brazen sank German submarine U-49 with depth charges near Narvik, killing 1. 41 Germans were taken prisoner. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British 15th Brigade boarded transports in France and were sent for Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vidkun Quisling was removed from power in Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • Edmund Herring departed Australia for Palestine as a part of Major General Iven Mackay's headquarters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Walter Grabmann was named the commanding officer of the Zerstörergeschwader 76 wing. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Korea
  • Admiral Nishizo Tsukahara was named the commanding officer of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Norway
  • British troops landed in the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway in response to German invasion; their original objective was to secure the rail line to Swedish iron ore fields. Also in northern Norway, instead of making a landing directly at Narvik against an unknown number of German defenders, British Major General Pierse Mackesy decided to land his troops north of the city at an undefended location; due to the large amounts of snow on the ground, his troops would have to wait before making a major advance at Narvik. Further south, the British 146th Territorial Brigade landed at Namsos and was immediately ordered to march south toward Trondheim, which saw attacks by RAF Blenheim bombers based in the United Kingdom; it was the first time the Bomber Command sent aircraft based in the UK against targets overseas. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Yugoslavia
  • Italian "Barfile" naval infantry battalion landed on Krk (Italian: Veglia), Croatia, Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Apr 1940
Crew of an 8.8 cm FlaK gun in Denmark, 1940German Army artillery troops getting hot food from a mobile field kitchen, Denmark, 1940

15 Apr 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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