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1 Aug 1940
  • Soviet Foreign Minister reaffirmed Soviet neutrality while bad-mouthing the United States and the United Kingdom. ww2dbase [TH]
  • A convoy consisted of 6 troop transports carrying 8,077 Canadian troops arrived in Scotland from Nova Scotia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian destroyer Ugolino Vivaldi detected British submarine HMS Oswald on the surface 15 miles south of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, charging batteries and performing routine maintenance. Oswald was sunk by ramming and depth charges. 3 were killed and 52 were taken prisoner. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Goffredo Mameli sank Greek ship Roula 40 miles south of Crete, Greece; the entire crew was rescued. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dutch submarine O-21 fired two torpedoes at German submarine U-60 at the distance of 2 kilometers off Norway, but both of them missed their target. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Navy established the new Alaskan Sector command within the Thirteenth Naval District. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Galland was awarded the Knights Cross for achieving 17 kills. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • The Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, received German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop's message. He turned down Ribbentrop's request for him to help bring peace between Britain and Germany, citing his loyalty to the British government. He did, however, maintain a channel of communications with Germany in the future should his assistance be helpful once again. To Ribbentrop's dismay, the duke departed for the Bahamas by the end of the day, ending the German attempt to use him to form a new pro-German leadership in Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Franz Halder and his staff began planning for the invasion of the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Yoshijiro Umezu was promoted to the rank of general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-34 detected British submarine HMS Spearfish on the surface in the North Sea and sank Spearfish with her last torpedo at 1904 hours, killing 41; one survivor, Able Seaman William Pester, was taken aboard U-34 as a prisoner of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-59 sank Swedish ship Sigyn at 0345 hours 60 miles northwest of Ireland; the entire crew was rescued. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the morning, a British Spitfire fighter on a photo reconnaissance mission found a build-up of German aircraft on the Cotentin Peninsula in France. At 1540 hours, 13 British bombers escorted by 10 fighters attacked, causing some damage but in turn losing 1 bomber and 2 fighters. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Helmuth Brinkmann was named the commanding officer of German cruiser Prinz Eugen. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-576 was laid down by the firm Blohm und Voss in Hamburg, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The work to convert F4 from a fleet escort ship to a torpedo recovery vessel ceased. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • RAF bombers attacked the Krupp factory in Essen, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka asked French Ambassador to Tokyo Arsène Henry whether Japanese troops might be allowed to enter Indochina to occupy certain airfields; Henry implied that his government would reject such a request. Meanwhile, Japanese Army aircraft were transferred from Northern China to Southern China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Operation Hurry: British carrier HMS Argus set sail for Malta with 12 Hurricane fighters for reinforcement. She was escorted by Force H with battlecruiser HMS Hood, battleship HMS Valiant, aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, cruisers HMS Arethusa and HMS Enterprise, and 10 destroyers. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean fleet departed Alexandria, Egypt to conduct diversionary maneuvers in the area of Crete, Greece. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • 30 German He 111 aircraft reached Norwich, England, United Kingdom and bombed the Boulton-Paul Aircraft Works and the Norwich railway station without any opposition, killing 6 and wounding 54 civilians. Meanwhile, in Germany, Hitler issued Directive No. 17, calling for a temporary halt on attacks on British shipping, shifting attention to the RAF. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]

1 Aug 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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