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Diary December 9, 1940


British infantry is advancing against the Italian positions
In the early morning British infantry is advancing against the Italian positions.
Diary for Monday, December 9, 1940:

North Africa

FIRST BRITISH OFFENSIVE IN WESTERN DESERT (Operation Compass): 2 divisions attack 10 Italian divisions. (10th Army), in their fortified camps south of Sidi Barrani (Egypt).

Sea War

Mediterranean: Four special task forces of British Mediterranean Fleet formed to bombard Italian positions and communications along Egypt-Libya coast.
Admiral Iachino, former Naval attaché in London, appointed CinC of Italian Fleet.

Home Fronts

Britain: 705,279 people unemployed.

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