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23 Oct 1940

Canada
  • Ten WW1-era American destroyers were transferred to the British Royal Navy at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, including destroyer USS Twiggs which was renamed HMS Leamington. ww2dbase [Halifax, Nova Scotia | CPC]
France
  • Adolf Hitler met with Francisco Franco on the Franco-Spanish border at Hendaye, France. Franco promised Spain will fight at Germany's side, but refused to commit his nation to war. ww2dbase [Meeting at Hendaye | Hendaye, Aquitaine | TH]
United Kingdom
  • Germans only mounted small raids against southern England, United Kingdom due to poor weather; no aircraft were shot down on either side during the day. Overnight, light bombing hit London, England and Glasgow, Scotland. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 23 Oct 1940
Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco, Hendaye train station, France, 23 Oct 1940, photo 1 of 2Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco shaking hands, Hendaye train station, France, 23 Oct 1940Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco, Hendaye train station, France, 23 Oct 1940, photo 2 of 2Aerial view of the White House, Washington DC, United States, 23 Oct 1940.

23 Oct 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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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939


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