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Diary June 1, 1941

Surrender of British soldiers on Crete
Capture of British soldiers on Crete .
Diary for Sunday, June 1, 1941:

Sea War

Mediterranean: Ju 88 bombers sink AA cruiser Calcutta north of Alexandria. British naval losses in the Airborne invasion of Crete: sunk: 3 cruisers, 6 destroyers; damaged: 3 battleships, 1 aircraft carrier, 6 cruisers, 7 destroyers. 15,000 Commonwealth and Greek troops evacuated to Egypt.

Crete Campaign Losses:

 British and Commonwealth (excluding Greeks) troopsBritish and Commonwealth naviesGermans
Killed 1,742 2,011 (including Missing and Wounded) 3,985 (including Missing)
Wounded 1,737- 2,131
PoWs 11,835--

Home Fronts

Britain: Rationing of clothing and footwear introduced with points system – adult mackintosh (raincoat): 16 points; woman’s petticoat: 4 points; and pair of stockings: 2 points. Each person to be allotted 66 points per year.

Air War

Middle East: Air Vice-Marshal Tedder appointed AOCinC RAF Middle East.
Britain: 110 night raiders over Britain: main target, Manchester.

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