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14 Sep 1940
  • The Japanese Imperial General Headquarters gave the orders for troops to move into Indochina on 22 Sep 1940 regardless of the state of the Franco-Japanese negotiations. British intelligence intercepted this message, but it would not be deciphered until 20 Sep 1940. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler postponed Operation Sea Lion once again, to 17 Sep 1940. In the evening, the British RAF mounted a major attack on several launching points for the invasion of Britain, destroying several ships. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British battleships HMS Barham and HMS Resolution, several British destroyers, and French sloops Commandant Domine and Commandant Duboc arrived at the Crown Colony of Freetown in West Africa to refuel. These warships were en route to French-controlled port of Dakar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German anti-submarine trawler Hinrich Wesselhoft ran aground near Bergen, Norway in the Hardangerfjord. The damage was so great that she would later be scuttled. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Emo attacked British tanker Saint Agnes 500 miles west of Porto, Portugal with torpedo and deck gun. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas Bader was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
French West Africa
  • Montcalm arrived at Dakar, French West Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Cruiser Georges Leygues arrived at Dakar, French West Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Walter Grabmann was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • At 1530 hours, 150 German aircraft crossed the coast for London, England, United Kingdom; another 100 approached at 1800 hours. Most bombers were unable to reach their targets due to British fighter opposition. Overnight, there was little bombing of London. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Sep 1940
Japanese Ki-21 bomber dropping bombs on Chongqing, China, China, 14 Sep 1940; note Yangtze River

14 Sep 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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