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6 Jun 1940
  • German 5th and 7th Panzer Divisions bypassed the strongpoints on the French Weygand defensive line, penetrating near Abeville, Amiens, and Petonne. Nevertheless, the French hedgehog defense along the Weygand Line inflicted German tank losses, with the obsolete 75mm field guns performing surprisingly well as anti-tank guns. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • All Austrian and German citizens in the United Kingdom were ordered to turn in privately-owned radios. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The British government banned the manufacture of a large number of household goods. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-46 sank the British armed merchant cruiser Carinthia off the coast of Ireland. ww2dbase [TH]
  • 5,100 Allied personnel were transported to troop transports hiding in fjords near Narvik, Norway over the previous night. They then departed the area with about 15,000 troops aboard, escorted by destroyer HMS Arrow and sloop HMS Stork for the first phase of their trip back to Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-46 torpedoed British armed merchant cruiser HMS Carinthia west of Galway Bay, Ireland. Carinthia would remain afloat for another 30 hours before sinking. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Galland was appointed Gruppenkommandeur III/JG 26. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Adolf Hitler arrived at the Wolfsschlucht headquarters at Brűly-de-Pesche, Belgium. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • Japanese Army aircraft attacked Baishi Yi airfield near Chongqing, China; one of the I-15bis fighters of Chinese 21st Pursuit Squadron claimed one Japanese Ki-21 bomber shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • The Kremlin issued an ultimatum to Latvia, demanding it the allow Soviet occupation. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH]
Photo(s) dated 6 Jun 1940
Soldiers of Japanese 13th Division crossing a tributary Han River south of Shayangzhen, Hubei, China, 6 Jun 1940

6 Jun 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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