Diary February 6, 1942

Valentine tanks dispersed over the desert

Valentine tanks dispersed over the desert in front of the British Gazala defence lines.

WW2 War Diary for Friday, February 6, 1942:

North Africa

Rommel’s offensive grinds to a halt west of Gazala.

Politics

Philippines: Emilio Aguinaldo, Filipino nationalist leader, broadcasts appeal to embattled US-Filipino forces on Bataan to surrender.
Iraq: Exiled Iraqi leader, Raschid Ali, and the anti-British Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sayed Emin el Husseini, arrive in Rome from Berlin.

Sea War

Atlantic: British corvette Genista shoots down Focke-Wulf Condor.

Neutrals

Egypt: Nahas Pasha, leader of nationalist, anti-British, Wafd Party, forms new government (Parliament dissolved, February 7).

Air War

Western Europe: RAF night raids on German battlecruisers at Brest (repeated February 10-11 and 11-12).

Secret War

Spanish Morocco: Bomb hidden in mail steamer baggage explodes on quayside at Tangier killing 14 (6 British) and injuring 39 people. Spanish Press blames ‘British Secret Service’.

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