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Since Hitler’s invasion into Belgium and France, the RAF has lost over half their force. On that reason, and to prepare for any attacks on British soil, RAF squadrons withdrew back to England couple of days ago. Despite the withdrawal, RAF bombers went on to bomb refineries near Rotterdam as a way to prevent Germany from gaining much needed resources, while the Luftwaffe bombed British ports across the Channel.
And yesterday, small vessels of all sizes started to group up at Dunkirk, France to help with the evacuation of Allied troops retreating ahead of the German onslaught.
Continuing to call out for help, Prime Minister Winston Churchill telegrammed Roosevelt requesting for destroyers, stating “…they would play an invaluable part.”
Meanwhile, German forces seem unstoppable as they continue to roll westward. Capturing Peronne and Saint-Quentin in France 2 days ago as the British Expeditionary Force retreated to port cities including Dunkirk, both German Generals Guderian and Rommel reached the English Channel by last night, cutting off Allied forces in Belgium. In a failed attempt to take the offensive, 74 British tanks were defeated by Germany’s cunning use of anti-aircraft guns against the tanks. French forces weren’t successful either as the 9th Army was destroyed yesterday and French General Giraud captured.
In a surprising move, possibly forcibly persuaded by Mussolini, the Vatican announced that its newspaper publication, the Osservatore Romano, is to issue only war news published by the Italian government.
Meanwhile in China, heading to bomb the city of Chongqing yesterday, 24 Japanese bombers were intercepted by 8 Chinese fighters, shooting down 4 of the attackers
That’s all for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.