Diary for Monday, June 17, 1940:
Evacuation ship Lancastria (16,243 t) bombed and sunk at St Nazaire: only 2,477 rescued out of 5,000 British, French and Belgians aboard (inc. civilians). Italian submarine Provana rammed and sunk by French sloop La Curieuse off Oran.
Rommel races towards Cherbourg, covering 150 miles (ca. 241 km) in the day.
Britain – Churchill broadcasts: ‘We have become the sole champions now in arms to defend the world cause.’
Baltic States: RUSSIAN FORCES OCCUPY ESTONIA AND LATVIA. Left-wing government formed in Lithuania.
USA: British Purchasing Commission takes overall outstanding French arms contracts and offers to purchase as much war material as US can produce.