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29 Jul 1940
  • Sea Gladiator fighters from HMS Eagle shot down an Italian SM.79 bomber while escorting a convoy in the Mediterranean Sea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 40 German Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers attacked Dover Harbor in southern England, United Kingdom at 0730 hours, escorted by 40 Bf 109 fighters; British fighters from No. 41, No. 43, No. 56, and No. 64 Squadrons shot down 8 German dive bombers and 7 fighters and anti-aircraft guns shot down 2 German dive bombers, while 2 British Spitfire fighters and 1 British Hurricane fighter were shot down. At 1700 hours, destroyer HMS Delight left Portland in southern England; at about 1830 hours, she was hitting by a bomb from a German aircraft from Cherbourg, France, killing 18 and wounding 59, but she was able to return to Portland under her own power. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • British Air Ministry accused Germany of using rescue aircraft with Red Cross markings for reconnaissance purposes. ww2dbase [TH]
  • At a conference held in a converted railway carriage, Colonel-General Alfred Jodl, Adolf Hitler's Chief of Operations, announced that the Führer had decided "once and for all" to rid the world of the Soviet menace. However, recognizing that the war against the United Kingdom took a higher priority at this point in time, Hitler pushed the invasion date to the spring of 1941. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • British submarine HMS Sealion detected German submarine U-62 on the surface 60 miles southwest of Stavanger, Norway and attacked with 3 torpedoes (which all missed) followed by shots from the deck gun. U-62 dove and escaped the area. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-99 sank British ship Clan Menzies 80 miles west of Ireland at 0215 hours; 5 were killed and 88 took to lifeboats. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Walke and USS Wainwright departed Rio Grande du Sol, Brazil for Buenos Aires, Argentina. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Portugal and Spain added a clause to the 1939 friendship treaty; it was later known as the Iberian Pact. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • German naval command (Oberkommando der Kriegsmarine) issued a memo noting that the mid-Sep 1940 invasion date for Britain as demanded by Adolf Hitler was possible, but considering the present state of affairs, a postponement to May 1941 was suggested. Meanwhile, a special economic board was set up to oversee the looting of British industry upon conquest. ww2dbase [TH]
Japan
  • The Japanese reported that Mr. Melville Cox, one of nine British residents arrested in Japan on the previous day, had "committed suicide" by throwing himself out of a police station window. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • The weapons firm Albright & Wilson of Oldbury, England, United Kingdom demonstrated to the British Royal Air Force a self-igniting explosive containing petrol and phosphorus. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jackie Sorour joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, and House Naval Affairs Committee chairman Carl Vinson arrived at Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, United States, via presidential yacht Potomac, for an inspection. After the navy yard, they also visited US Army's Langley Field and the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 29 Jul 1940
Slovakian President Jozef Tiso and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in Salzburg, German-occupied Austria, 29 Jul 1940, photo 1 of 2German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop shaking hands with Slovakian President Jozef Tiso, Salzburg, German-occupied Austria, Jul 1940Slovakian President Jozef Tiso and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop in Salzburg, German-occupied Austria, 29 Jul 1940, photo 2 of 2Slovakian Prime Minister Vojtech Tuka, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Slovakian President Jozef Tiso, Salzburg, German-occupied Austria, 29 Jul 1940

29 Jul 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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