Diary for Sunday, June 23, 1940:
Italians occupy Riviera resort of Menton described by Italian commentators as a ‘strongly fortified town’.
Uncompleted French destroyer Lansquenet escapes from Gironde Estuary, West France, under German artillery fire (arrives Casablanca, June 27). Italian submarine Galvani sinks sloop Pathan (Royal Indian Navy) off Bombay; Italian submarine Torricelli sunk in gun battle with three British destroyers and a sloop off Perim (Persian Gulf); destroyer Khartoum also sunk.
First unsuccessful British Commando raid on Boulogne.
France: Laval appointed Vice-Premier and Minister of State.
French bombers raid Palermo (Sicily).
Egypt: Coalition Government of Aly Pasha Maher falls. The Wafdist (Nationalist) Party leader Nahas Pasha refuses to form new government. New weak Coalition Government formed under Hassan Pasha Sabry (June 28).