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27 Oct 1940
  • Free French forces from Cameroon attacked Vichy French forces in Gabon, penetrating 70 miles across the border and capturing the town of Mitzic. ww2dbase [Battle of Gabon | CPC]
  • Men of British destroyer HMS Broke was ordered to attach tow lines on the troop ship Empress of Britain, which was disabled on the previous day by German aircraft. Tugs HMS Marauder and HMS Thames arrived to tow the former luxury liner for Clyde River, Scotland, United Kingdom with destroyers and aircraft in escort. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Nani sank Swedish ship Meggie 70 miles southeast of the Azores Islands; the entire crew of Meggie survived. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • Late in the evening, Italian ambassador in Athens Emanuele Grazzi issued an ultimatum, demanding that Italian troops be allowed occupy strategic positions in Greece. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • British intelligence intercepted a German radio message referring to the continuation of training for the invasion of Britain, and determined that if German troops were still in this early stage of preparations, than an invasion would not take place in the very near future. ww2dbase [CPC]
Greece
  • Aircraft from HMS Eagle struck the Italian seaplane base at Maltezana, Rhodes, Greece. ww2dbase [Eagle | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • 5 raids of 50 to 60 German aircraft attacked Britain throughout the day, most of which were German fighter-bombers and medium bombers, but Italians also contributed several BR20M bombers for the attack on Ramsgate, England, United Kingdom; 6 German fighters and 4 bombers were shot down, while the British lost 8 fighters with 4 pilots killed. Overnight, London and Liverpool were bombed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 27 Oct 1940
Wasp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 27 Oct 1940Texas on Navy Day, 27 Oct 1940USS Wasp (Wasp-class) in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, 27 Oct 1940

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