Diary for Thursday, June 13, 1940:
Britain: 120,000 school-children to be evacuated from London.
Germany: Hitler gives an interview to American journalist Carl von Wiegand: he had no desire to smash British Empire but would ‘destroy those who are destroying that Empire’. US aid to Britain would not affect the outcome of the war.
Carrier Ark Royal launches 15 Skua dive-bombers (8 lost) to attack battlecruiser Scharnhorst at Trondheim; one direct hit (unexploded bomb). French cruisers and destroyers, with air cover, bombard Genoa area in Italy (night June 13-14). Armed merchant cruiser Scotstoun (17,000 t) sunk by U-boat U-25 off Ireland. German disguised raider Orion lays mines off Auckland, New Zealand.
Japanese bombers make devastating fire raid on city of Chungking.
Spain: Franco prepares for closer collaboration with Germany and Italy by announcing new policy of ‘non-belligerency’.
Italian bombers attack Toulon naval base, South France.