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3 Jul 1940
  • Due to such heavy losses from the Luftwaffe the British suspended all traffic through the English Channel. Meanwhile, the British decided that harbors on the Channel coast and German shipping should be the primary targets of bombing. ww2dbase [TH]
  • ww2dbase [British Attacks on the French Fleet | CPC]
  • General Franz Halder, the German Army Chief of Staff, asked his staff to consider a "military blow" in the east, to keep the Soviet armed forces at arm's length. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | AC]
  • At dawn, the British Royal Navy boarded two French battleships, nine destroyers, and a number of other smaller warships that were docked at Plymouth and Portsmouth, England; 3 British and 1 French sailors were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Upon hearing the news of British attacks on French warships, six French cruisers and 4 destroyers left various ports in Algiers for Toulon, France. They were attacked by British Swordfish carrier aircraft from HMS Ark Royal en route, but they would arrive at Toulon on 4 Jul 1940. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe aircraft bombed Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • USS Tautog was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Tautog | CPC]
  • The British founded the Long Range Desert Group under the command of Acting Brigadier Ralph Bagnold with purpose of long range reconnaissance patrols behind the Italian lines, into Libya, to gather intelligence. ww2dbase [AC]
  • USS Wichita and USS Quincy departed Montevideo, Uruguay for Brazilian waters. ww2dbase [Quincy (New Orleans-class) | CPC]
  • ww2dbase [O'Brien | CPC]
Egypt Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Phoenix arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Phoenix | CPC]
  • Destroyer USS Dickerson departed Bilbao, Spain. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Dickerson departed Bilbao, Spain, for Lisbon, Portugal. ww2dbase [CPC]
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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