Britain Votes to Leave - WW2 - 042 - June 15 1940

Originally published at:❤️-paris-ww2-042-june-15-1940/

The fighting in France isn’t over, not even when Paris falls, as the Germans advance and Italy joins the fight. Further east Stalin uses the chaos in the West as cover to start moving in on his neighbours. Join us on Patreon: Or join The TimeGhost Army directly at: Follow WW2 day by…


Sides at present:

World War Two

Allies: Albanian resistance, Australia+, Bahrain-, Belgium^+, Canada, Czechoslovakia^, Danish resistance, Ethiopian Arbegnoch, France+, Iceland~*, Latvia, Luxembourg^, Nepal, Netherlands^+, New Zealand+, Norway^+, Oman-, Poland^, South Africa, United Kingdom+

Axis: Germany+, Italy+, Slovakia~, USSR**

3rd Parties: Denmark***, Lithuanian resistance****

2nd Sino-Japanese War’

Sino: China’’

Japanese: Japan+, Manchukuo~, Mengkukuo~, Ngolok Tibetans’’’, Reorganized ROC~


^occupied with resistance movement.

+Includes the country’s colonies, overseas territories, or reichskommissariats

-self-governing protectorate or territory

*Although the Icelandic government issued a formal protest, the British invasion was not contested because Iceland lacked a military to fight back with & so told its people to treat the occupiers as guests. Even to this day, the "Lovely War" is controversial. Many Icelanders view the Allied occupation very negatively for the loss of their country’s sovereignty & for foreign troops fraternizing with local women. Others point to economic & infrastructural benefits the happened during the war. SPOILER WARNING: Iceland’s occupation is transferred to the Neutral USA on July 7th, 1941. At that point, I will take Iceland off the overview until Pearl Harbor.

**I have the USSR on the Axis side because both Germany & them are currently at war with Poland(The Soviets invaded on September 17, 1939), divided Poland between themselves pre-invasion, are working together to end the Polish resistance, & are trading war materials. This is all detailed in the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the German–Soviet Frontier Treaty, the German–Soviet Credit Agreement, & the German–Soviet Commercial Agreement. SPOILER WARNING: After Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, I will move them to the 3rd parties list(See my policy on country placement below) & then move them to the Allies after the signing of the Sikorski–Mayski agreement in July 1941 between the Polish government-in-exile & the USSR.

***In the 2nd week of April, both Germany & the United Kingdom invaded & occupied parts of Danish territory(Germany occupied Denmark proper & the United Kingdom occupied the Faroe Islands) to “guarantee their independence and neutrality.” Everyday life went on mostly as before with Local authorities in both areas cooperating with the occupiers. Hitler hoped that Denmark would be “a model protectorate” that would aide his larger goals. Despite this, the Danish national government resisted calls by Germany for legal discrimination against Jewish Danes, the death penalty, & German military courts to have jurisdiction over Danish citizens. The Danish colony of Greenland(being de facto independent at the time) asked the neutral USA to protect them from invasion by the warring powers. Throughout this time, Denmark remained officially neutral despite having Axis & Allied forces on its soil. SPOILER WARNING: On August 29, 1943, after refusing to submit to any further German demands, the Danish government was dissolved & the German military took direct control of the country. At that point, I’ll take Denmark off the 3rd parties list & replace the Danish resistance with Denmark(with an occupied disclaimer).

****The Lithuanian government’s reluctant acceptance of the Soviet ultimatum & invasion led to the creation of an irregular national resistance movement. SPOILER WARNING: A formal organization would not be founded until November in the form of the Lithuanian Activist Front. Although the exact date that Polish & Lithuanian resistance forces began fighting each other for control of the land around Vilnius/Wilno is unknown, they do so throughout the war as well as fight Germany & the USSR. For this reason, I’m placing the Lithuanian resistance in the 3rd Parties list until Operation Barbarossa.

’SPOILER WARNING: The 2nd Sino-Japanese War remain unconnected to World War II until September 1940 (When Japan invades French Indochina & joins the Tripartite Pact). After this point, I’ll roll it into World War II.

’’The Kuomintang & Communist Parties have signed a truce to fight the Japanese as part of the Second United Front lead by Chiang Kai-shek, but coordination is minimal & both deeply mistrust the other.

‘’’The Ngolok rebellions were a brutal ethnic conflict fought in Qinghai/Amdo between Ngolok Tibetans & the Hui dominated Ma clique who were loyal to the Kuomintang government of China. Despite having a common enemy in the Kuomintang, the Ngolok Tibetans & Japan were only co-belligerents as they didn’t have a formal alliance & didn’t coordinate in military planning.

MY POLICY ON COUNTRY PLACEMENT: If a country declares war on or attacks another country & at least one of them is already involved in World War II, I’ll list the other as a part of the opposing faction. That is why the events of the Winter War are included in the main World War II list & the events of the War of ‘41(Ecuador vs. Peru) will not be. The countries listed in the factions above are comprised of both official members & co-belligerents. The terms “Allies” & “Axis” are used for both kinds of belligerents as a convenient way to distill the world war & it’s adjoining conflicts, with disclaimers used to elaborate on some of the more complicated situations. If a country or resistance movement is at war with at least one country form both factions, I’ll add them to the 3rd parties list with a disclaimer. The 3rd Parties list is not a faction, but a collection of warring parties who act independently of one another. I have to consolidate factions along co-belligerency or else the number of factions will balloon out of control. Finally, each post only represents the factions as they were 79 years ago to the day. Many countries will join, leave, or switch sides before the war ends for various reasons & I strongly encourage you to look into the situation of each country for yourself.




Indy mentions the 1st Canadian Infantry Division.


Meanwhile in Brooklyn, NY:

Photo courtesy of the US Naval History and Heritage website: NH 44899 USS North Carolina (BB-55)

Mud boiled from the bottom of the Wallabout Basin yesterday; tugboat captains in the East River held down their whistles and 50,000 persons cheered as the battleship North Carolina slid down greased ways at the navy yard in Brooklyn to her first taste of the salt. The 35,000 ton ship-newest and greatest of the world’s ships of the battle line-was only about 75 percent completed as to hull, less than that as to machinery, at her launching, and it will require more than a year to complete her. But there was grace in her long lines and a tremendous impression of strength in the huge bulk of her…. There are many innovations in her construction-most of them closely guarded naval secrets.
– New York Times, June 14, 1940

The USS North Carolina was launched on 13 June 1940. She was the first battleship constructed since the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty and since she was ordered before the beginning of hostilities was constructed to those limitations. While her keel was laid a full ten months before her sister ship, the USS Washington, the Washington was launched 12 days prior on 1 June.


Photos courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives Flickr page: USS North Carolina | Flickr