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Diary April 3, 1940

 German soldiers embarking ships for the invasion of Norway
German soldiers embarking ships for the invasion of Norway. There were 11 task forces for landings at Narvik, Trondheim, Bergen, Kristiansand, Oslo, Nyborg, Copenhagen and other cities. They were covered by two battlecruisers, 3 heavy and 4 light cruisers, 14 destroyers and 31 submarines.
Diary for Wednesday, April 3, 1940:

Sea War

First German Norway invasion ships sail.

Air War

Sunderland flying boat disperses formation of 6 Ju 88s attacking convoy in North Sea (one Ju 88 shot down; second makes crash-landing in Norway and crew are interned).
First Spitfire Mk I lost on home defense duties – while shooting down He 111 off Yorkshire coast.

Home Fronts

Britain – Government reshuffle: Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield, Minister for Co-ordination of Defense, resigns. First Lord of the Admiralty, Mr Churchill, to head new committee of Service Ministers. Lord Woolton becomes Minister of Food. General Sir Hugh Elles appointed National ARP Controller.
Canada: Earl of Athlone appointed Government-General in succession to Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan).

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