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Diary June 28, 1940


Russian paratroopers
Russian paratroopers are deployed for the operation.
Diary for Friday, June 28, 1940:

Neutrals

Romania: Rumanian Government submits to Russian ultimatum of June 26. Russian paratroops and armored forces enter Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina; several major clashes between Russian and Rumanian troops (occupation completed July 1).

Occupied countries

France: Former French Prime Minister Reynaud injured in car accident near Bordeaux; his mistress, Countess de Portes, is killed.

Air War

Marshal Italo Balbo, celebrated Italian aviator, Minister for Air and Government-General of Libya, killed during air battle over Tobruk; his SM79 aircraft accidentally shot down by Italian flak.
Germans bomb and strafe Jersey and Guernsey (33 killed, 40 injured).

Sea War

Canadian destroyer Fraser and British cruiser Calcutta collide in Gironde Estuary; Fraser sunk. Italian destroyer Espero sunk in gallant action with five cruisers while carrying supplies to Tobruk.

East Africa

Battle of Moyale: Powerful Italian forces attack small British garrison (King’s African Rifles) on Kenya-Ethiopia border. Garrison counter-attacks July 2; heavy Italian bombardment July 9; garrison withdraws July 14.

Home Fronts

Britain: Channel Islands demilitarized and 26,700 civilians evacuated.

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