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25 Jul 1940
  • The German Reich Economic Minister outlined the New Order for Europe, citing use of forced labor from occupied nations. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Commander of the Swiss military General Henri Guisan vowed that Switzerland would defend against any German or Italian invasion. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The United States banned the sale of scrap metal and petroleum to Japan. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German battleship Gneisenau completed its torpedo damage repairs and departed Trondheim, Norway for Kiel, Germany for more thorough repairs. She was escorted by cruiser NĂĽrnberg and destroyers Galster, Lody, Jacobi, and Ihn; torpedo boats Luchs, Jaguar, Kondor, Iltis, and T.5 would join the convoy overnight near Stavanger, Norway. ww2dbase [Gneisenau | CPC]
  • USS Wichita and USS Quincy departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Bahia, Brazil. ww2dbase [Quincy (New Orleans-class) | CPC]
  • USS Trenton arrived at Annapolis, Maryland, United States and disembarked members of the royal family of the Duchy of Luxembourg. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • U-56 began her eleventh patrol. ww2dbase [U-56 | CPC]
  • The United Kingdom evacuated women and children from Gibraltar. ww2dbase [TH]
Italy United Kingdom
  • German aircraft attacked shipping and naval bases at Dover, Portsmouth, Poole, and Portland in Britain; also on this day, aircraft and torpedo boats attacked convoy CW8 in the Dover Strait, sinking 5 vessels and killing 9 men. By the end of the day, 21 German aircraft and 6 British fighters were lost. The British claimed that 25 German aircraft were shot down on this day, which was the highest daily claim yet. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | TH]
  • The first design conference for the Blackburn B-37 project took place. ww2dbase [Firebrand | AC]

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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