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3 Jun 1940
  • After nightfall, the Allies began to evacuate Narvik, Norway. Through the night and the following day's daybreak, British destroyers and Norwegian fishing boats ferried Allied personnel to six troops transports in various fjords nearby. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | TH]
  • The last group of British troops at Dunkirk, France was evacuated before the break of dawn. At 1050 hours, Royal Navy Captain William Tennant signaled the completion of Operation Dynamo, but he was overruled by this superiors as there were still some French troops in Dunkirk. During the day, the British Admiralty acknowledged that 222 British naval vessels and 665 other craft were employed for the Dunkirk evacuation; 6 destroyers, 24 small armed vessels, and 226 other ships were lost. British ships returned to Dunkirk after night fall. By this time, German troops were only 2 miles away. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | TH]
  • The British government banned aliens and stateless persons in Britain from leaving home between 2230 hours and 0600 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • French armed merchant cruiser Ville D'Oran, with 212 tons of gold from the French reserves, departed from Pauillac, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-37 sank Finnish ship Snabb with the deck gun 300 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain, killing 1. Greek ship Kyriakoula rescued 20 survivors. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross award was established in Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Roberts Dunstan enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force. ww2dbase [Roberts Dunstan | CPC]
  • Italian cargo ship SS Umbria arrived at Port Said, Egypt from Genoa, Italy with a secret cargo of 6,000 tons of bombs, 600 cases of detonators, 100 tons of various weapons, more than 2,000 tons of cement, and three Fiat 1100 cars aboard. ww2dbase [Port Said | HM]
France Russia
  • Soviet troops began the preparation for the invasion of the Baltic States of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. ww2dbase [Annexation of the Baltic States | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Winston Churchill ordered the formation of commando units for raiding occupied Europe. ww2dbase [Winston Churchill | TH]
  • In Britain, an additional regulation to the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act permitted the police to remove all car radios for reasons of national security. ww2dbase [AC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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