Monthly Archives: May 2011

TUESDAY 31st MAY 2011 16:00 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (31st May 1941) In Iraq… An armistice is agreed. The British right to station troops in the country is confirmed and the Iraqis undertake to do nothing to help the Axis. Over Ireland… The Luftwaffe bombs … Continue reading

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MONDAY 30th MAY 2011 (Spring Bank Holiday, UK) 09:30 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (30th May 1941) In Iraq… The Allied force is held up at Ur and the small British force from Habbaniyah is only advancing slowly. However, pro-Axis Iraqi leader Rashid Ali gives up the struggle and flees … Continue reading

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SUNDAY 29th MAY 2011 07:50 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (29th May 1941) In the Mediterranean… British destroyers Imperial and Hereward are sunk by Luftwaffe attacks. The ships were engaged in evacuating troops from Crete. TODAY IN MY LIFE Off to a Christening then a Reiki … Continue reading

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SATURDAY 28th MAY 2011 07:00 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (28th May 1941) In Iraq… The Allied forces occupy Ur. The 20th Indian Brigade has made this advance from Basra but can go no further for the moment because repairs to roads and railroad tracks are … Continue reading

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FRIDAY 27th MAY 2011 06:35 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (27th May 1941) In the North Atlantic… Rodney and King George V arrive, and in a gun battle lasting less than two hours, the Bismark is completely disabled. She is then sunk with torpedoes from the … Continue reading

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THURSDAY 26th MAY 2011 07:15 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (26th May 1941) In the North Atlantic… A Catalina aircraft finds Bismark only 700 miles from Brest. The first strike launched by the Ark Royal finds and attacks the British cruiser Sheffield by mistake owing to … Continue reading

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WEDNESDAY 25th MAY 2011 07:15 BST

THIS DAY IN WW2 (25th May 1941) In the North Atlantic… British commanders do not know the Bismark’s location but Lutjen breaks radio silence to report and is picked up on the British direction-finding equipment. This information is passed to … Continue reading

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