Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service August 1940.

Air Raid Damage Reports Brentwood Division Essex Fire Service August 1940.



Date                Time   Location         Damage


01/08/1940    02.04  Little Warley  4 – H.Es Whistling type in orchard at Little Warley

Hall.  No damage or casualties.

02/08/1940                Hadleigh        1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 30 yards East of

Florence Gardens.  No damage or casualties.

03/08/1940    21.00  Canvey          Barrage Balloon drifting from barge.  Struck by

Island             lightening and destroyed off Coryton.

03/08/1940    21.45  Hutton            4 – H.Es 2 are unexploded in garden of Hillwood

and Redbourne.  Garage damaged.  1 exploded at Pea Hill Wood (slight damage to house)  1 exploded at junction of Hillwood and Ridgeway.  Gas water and telephone wires damaged.  Hillwood Grove closed.

03/08/1940    21.50  Langdon        5 – H.Es 1is unexploded near Goldsmiths.  No

Hills                damage or casualties.

03/08/1940    23.35  Rochford       British Spitfire crashed at Tinkers Lane.  Squadron

Leader Sayers killed.

06/08/1940    10.43  Canvey          Barrage Balloon grounded at Hole Haven.


09/08/1940    22.45  Foulness       6 – H.Es 5 in a field and 1 in the sea at Fishermans

Island             Head.  No damage or casualties.

09/08/1940    23.35  Barling           3 – H.Es (Whistling Type) unexploded in fields near

Kingsmead Cottage and Ropers Farm.  No casualties or damage.

10/08/1940    01.09  Downham     4 – H.Es 1 unexploded in a field at Fremnetts Farm

(Safe 11th Inst)  House damaged.  Telephone, electric cable and gas main damaged.  3 horses injured.

10/08/1940    01.35  Brentwood     Barrage Balloon grounded in cricket ground of the

Mental Hospital.

10/08/1940    08.15  Sutton            Barrage Balloon caught and grounded on

Overhead Aeroplane Trap wire at Fleet Hall Farm.

14/08/1940                Paglesham    1 – H.E. unexploded near High House Farm.  No

damage or casualties.

15/08/1940                South Weald 3 – I.Bs between Spital Lane and Park Farm

Doddinghurst.  No damage or casualties.

16/08/1940    12.40  Crays Hill       1 – A.A. unexploded shell at Gurnards Farm near

White Bridge.  No damage or casualties.

16/08/1940    13.55  Little Warley  2 – H.Es unexploded in field.  1 150 yards South

and 1 200 yards South East of Blue House Farm.  No damage or casualties.

18/08/1940    13.15  Pitsea             3 – A.A. unexploded shells.  2 on Marshes and 1 in

garden of Springfield.  No casualties or damage.  B.D.S. 18/8/40

18/08/1940    17.35  Foulness       German Heinkel bomber shot down at Gains

Island             Farm.  Crew 2 injured and 3 uninjured taken prisoner.

18/08/1940    17.40  Fambridge     British Spitfire shot down.  Plane landed in Malden.

Squadron Leader J. Gordon of North Weald landed by parachute, suffering slight burns.

19/08/1940    00.10  Canvey          A.A. Nose Cap at “Shell Beech”.  Telephone and

Island             house rafters damaged.  No casualties.

19/08/1940    00.10  Canvey          6 – H.Es 1 is unexploded in a lake at Lakeside

Island             End.  2 exploded North of Dutch Village, 1 at Tewkes Creek, 2 in garden of “Meleta” Liege Avenue (slight damage and 1 slight casualty a female of 34 years) also a large number of I.Bs at the Winter Gardens.  Grass fires and haystack damaged by fire.

19/08/1940    01.00  Paglesham    7 – H.Es 1 is unexploded in a pool and 5 exploded

in Waterside Lane.  Tiles and windows broken in cottages.  Also 20 I.Bs on South Hall Marshes.  No casualties.

19/08/1940    01.00  Potton Island 1 – H.E. unexploded in a field opposite Oyster Bed.

No damage or casualties.

19/08/1940    01.00  Paglesham    I.Bs 60 or 70 at East End.  No casualties or


19/08/1940    01.20  Potton Island 1 – Oil I.B on North side of Sea Wall.  Slight

damage to sea wall.  No casualties.

19/08/1940    01.21  Foulness       1 – H.E. unexploded in a field between Little and

Island             Great Shalford.  No damage or casualties.

20/08/1940    17.00  Haven Gore British Spitfire shot down. Pilot safe, slight injury.


21/08/1940    12.44  Brentwood     2 – H.E.s 1 is 300 yards East of Railway Station on

embankment. L.N.E.R. partly blocked by a tree and debris And 1 at Myrtle Road.  4 houses demolished and 4 badly damaged.  5 slight casualties.

23/08/1940    06.15  Laindon         Barrage Balloon drifting in a South Easterly


24/08/1940    16.00  Barling           I.Bx number unknown.  No casualties.  Gorse fire.

24/08/1940    16.01  Canewdon    German Messerschmitt 109 crashed 400 yards

outside RAF Station.  Pilot safe.

24/08/1940    16.02  Great              German Bomber shot down at Senns Farm.  Crew

Wakering       3 captured.

26/08/1940    15.25  Pitsea             British Hurricane crashed.  Number of plane

P.3966.  Pilot safe.

26/08/1940    15.25  Great Warley 70 – H.Es 51 in the vicinity of Warley Common, 14

at Pump Farm.  2 unexploded at the Croft and 1 100 yards South of Horton Road.  Also 17 I.Bs between The Mental Hospital and Warley Barracks.  Water main damaged.  Road A.186 closed, 1 house badly damaged and 5 slightly.  5 casualties, 2 serious (Road open 29/8/40).  Bombs safe 13/9/40.

26/08/1940    15.25  South Weald 13 – I.Bs 4 at Rochetts, 9 in fields between Spital

Lane and The Vicarage Lane.  No casualties or damage.

26/08/1940    15.45  Rochford       German Dornier 17 crashed on Aerodrome.  Crew

2 injured and 2 prisoners safe.

26/08/1940    15.46  Foulness       British Hurricane crashed.  Machine badly

Island             damaged.  Pilot safe.

26/08/1940    15.47  Little Warley  1 – H.E. unexploded in a field at Little Bassetts. No

damage or casualties.

26/08/1940    15.48  Rochford       Machine gun bullets.  Civilian wounded.

27/08/1940    02.20  Mountnessing          2 – H.Es 1 is unexploded in garden of “The

Rest” and 1 exploded on greensward at Fitzwalters Corner.  Gas, water and telephone cable damaged.  No casualties.  Road A.12 partly closed.

27/08/1940    02.21  Coxtie Green 2 -A.A. unexploded shells 1st Big field C/Green

Farm 2nd front Meadow Lincoln Farm.

28/08/1940    12.53  Great              1 – A.A. unexploded shell in cabbage field 150

Wakering       yards North West of Trotters Farm.  No casualties or damage.

28/08/1940    12.54  Rochford       58 – H.Es 18 on Aerodrome, 2 unexploded on Golf

Course, 3 on Southend Road B.1013 at Warners Bridge, 2 Ashingdon Road, 6 exploded and 1 unexploded on Railway Lines and 26 in vicinity of Rectory Road.  Railway Line blocked near aerodrome.  Rectory Road and B.1013 blocked.  Water, gas, electric and telephone services damaged.  Farm buildings on golf course damaged.  3 houses demolished, 6 badly damaged 2 stacks fired.  The Oxford Social Club demolished, 4 casualties slight.  Rectory Road open 5/9/40

28/08/1940    12.58  Hawkwell       5 – H.Es 2 unexploded and 1 exploded in garden at

Harwood Avenue and 2 exploded between Old Cottage, Iron Lane and Railway Station.  Damage to property.  No casualties.

28/08/1940    12.59  Rochford       1 – H.E. unexploded in a field near Showman

Cottage Asking Road, 200 yards South of Holt Farm.  No damage or casualties.

28/08/1940    13.00  Wallasea        33 – H.Es 17 are unexploded 200 yards East of

Island             Tile Barn Farm.  No damage or casualties.

28/08/1940    13.00  Foulness       5 – H.Es 1 is unexploded at Rugwood.  Remainder

Island             at White Houses and Marshes.  No casualties or damage

29/08/1940    00.12  Sutton            4 – H.Es2 are unexploded at Flat Hall Farm.  No

damage or casualties

29/08/1940    00.12  Shopland      2 – H.Es unexploded at Mucking Hall Wood Farm.

No damage or casualties

29/08/1940    02.22  Rochford       2 – H.Es 1 is unexploded at Hillfield 300 yards

South East of Senior School.  Sewer damaged at Hillfield.  No casualties

29/08/1940    03.10  Foulness       3 – H.Es 1 unexploded 1/4 mile South East of

Island             Landwick Police Post, 1 is exploded at Friends Farm and 1 exploded 300 yards East of Friends Farm.  Also 1 I.B. 100 yards West of Coopers Slaughterhouse.  No casualties or damage.

29/08/1940    03.20  Canvey          10 – H.Es at Winter Gardens and 40 and 60 acres.

Island             Florence and Bankside bungalows badly damaged.  Gas main damaged, 1 slight casualty (shock).

29/08/1940    03.26  Vange            4 – H.Es 1 is unexploded 100 yards South of

Vange Camp.  No damage or casualties.

29/08/1940    19.20  Basildon        British Hurricane shot down.  Pilot from South

Weald safe.

30/08/1940    16.30  Rochford       British Spitfire wrecked at Cherry Orchard Lane.

Pilot safe.

30/08/1940    16.35  South             1 – H.E. exploded in a garden in Benfleet Road,

Benfleet         B.1014 closed.  Slight damage to property.  No casualties.  Also 1 I.B. near Bardfield Farm.

30/08/1940    16.35  Basildon        4 – H.Es 2 exploded in Gardiners Lane and 2 in

Burnt Mills Road.  Gardiners Lane blocked (open 5.9.40).  No casualties.

30/08/1940    16.35  Wickford        13 – H.Es 3 exploded near Warners Garage.  4 in

Chelmsford Road and 6 unexploded in fields at Castleton Farm, Castle Road.  1 house damaged in Chelmsford Road.  No casualties.

30/08/1940    16.35  Ramsden       12 – H.Es in vicinity of Glebe Road, 2 in drive of

“Highcliffe” Langden Avenue, 1 house damaged in Glebe Road.  No casualties.

30/08/1940    16.40  Canvey          1 – H.E. unexploded near Number 3 Gun Site, 96th

Island             Light A.A. Battery, 200 yards East of London Coastal Oil Wharf.  No damage or casualties.

30/08/1940    16.40  Thundersley Grass fire and damage to electric cable.  Cause


30/08/1940    16.45  Hadleigh        1 – Cannon Shell making hole in roof of

“Woodlands” Gleve Way and 1 unexploded A.A. shell in garden of the Willows.  Also roofing and ceilings damaged by shrapnel at “Conifers” and “Egerton” Milton Road.  No casualties.

30/08/1940    16.45  Canvey          Machine gun bullets through the roof of the

Island             Dewdrop Inn, Urmine Road.  Tiles and ceilings damaged.  No casualties

30/08/1940    16.50  Hutton            3 – Cannon Shells in drive of “Retlaw” “Middleton”

and “Oxford”.  Shrapnel through roof of garage at “Retlaw”.  1 slight casualty P Smith gardener wounded.  Also dog wounded at “Retlaw”.

30/08/1940    17.00  North              2- H.Es unexploded between Smilers Farm and

Benfleet         Lower Avenue ? Pound Lane.  No casualties or damage.

30/08/1940    17.00  Rochford       2 – H.Es 300 yards North of Butlers Farm, Sutton.

No casualties or damage.

30/08/1940    17.00  Pitsea             1 – H.E. unexploded at “The Willows”, The

Crescent.  No damage or casualties.

30/08/1940    17.00  North              15 – H.Es 14 unexploded in fields near Bardfields

Benfleet         Farm.  Also 1 exploded and 1 I.B. burnt out.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S 6.3.41

30/08/1940    17.00  Nevendon     6 – H.Es in a field near Cranes Farm, 1 is

exploded.  No damage or casualties.  B.D.S. 6.3.41

30/08/1940    17.00  Crays Hill       4 – H.Es in a field near Great Wasketts Farm,

Gardiners Lane.  Slight damage to 2 cottages.  No casualties.

31/08/1940    00.05  Billericay        3 – H.Es 2 are unexploded, 1 at Cowbridge Grange

and 1 at Haven Gore, 1 exploded at Blunts Wall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    01.00  Hutton            2- H.Es at Hunters Chase.  No damage or

casualties.  Also a Cannon Shell at “Homestead” Mount Avenue.  No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    01.55  South Weald 4 – H.Es at Rochetts.  Windows broken and

ceilings down at Farm House.  No casualties.

31/08/1940    02.00  Little                1 – H.E. unexploded in a field 200 yards to rear of

Burstead        Winger Farm.  No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    10.25  Foulness       British Hurricane crashed near the Repair

Island             Experimental Works.  Machine damaged.  Pilot injured and moved to Shoeburyness Municipal Hospital.

31/08/1940    13.14  Brentwood     4 – H.Es unexploded on L.N.E.R. line 300 yards

East of Three Arch Bridge.  Rail traffic suspended.  Road A. 128 closed (Rail & road open 2.9.40).  No casualties

31/08/1940    13.15  Little                1 – H.E. unexploded 150 yards South West

Burstead        of Bullers Farm.  No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    13.25  Ingrave           British Spitfire crashed at Thorndon Park.

Machine burnt out.  Pilot safe.

31/08/1940    13.25  Rayleigh        Pilot injured landed by parachute moved to

Southend Municipal Hospital Rochford.  From plane which crashed at Leigh-on-Sea.

31/08/1940    13.31  Thundersley 1 Incendiary bullet causing grass fire near the

School, Rushbottom Lane.  No casualties.

31/08/1940    14.45  Rayleigh        Grass fire at Kenworth Gardens (cause unknown)

31/08/1940    18.00  East                9 – H.Es in vicinity of Railway Station, 3 cottages

Horndon        demolished, 1 uninhabitable, 1 casualty (female 50 years). 1 exploded near The Ropary Hoes Factory (Factory damaged).  Also 30 I.Bs on fruit farm and in fields off Hall Lane 150 yards North of Railway.

31/08/1940    18.01  Shenfield       A.A. unexploded shell in the garden of “Minster”.

No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    18.25  Wickford        British Spitfire crashed and wrecked at Fanton

Chase Shotgate.  Number of plane 2544.  Pilot safe.

31/08/1940    21.45  Hadleigh        Suspected chlorine gas.  Mr & Mrs Potter and Mr

Phillips and son with symptoms.

31/08/1940    23.05  Nevendon     1 – H.E. unexploded South of Arterial Road and

300 yards off Nevendon Road.  No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    23.20  Little                1 – I.B. burnt out in a field North East of Abbotts

Wakering       Hall Farm.  No damage or casualties.

31/08/1940    23.20  Wickford        11 – H.Es 2 exploded near Cotwold Farm and 8 in

the vicinity of Welbeck, Cranfield Park Road, Welbeck extensively damaged, 1 exploded near Copfold Farm.  No damage or casualties.




Carrier HMS Argus, loaded with a dozen Hawker Hurricane and two Blackburn  Skua fighters of 418 Flight RAF, was part of Operation Hurry heading for Malta on the 1st August 1940. Argus was escorted by HMS Arc Royal, three Battleships, two cruisers, and ten destroyers forming Force H. 0n route from Gibraltar they were attacked by two waves of Italian aircraft but the attacks were successfully repelled. Of the twelve Hurricanes which flew from Argus two crashed on landing and the remainder were used as defence against aerial attack during the Siege of Malta.

On the 14th August 1940 Sir Henry Tizard departed England for Washington in the USA. He travelled with Royal Air Force (RAF) Group Captain Pierce on the day following the Battle of Britain effectively began. Tizard was an English chemist, inventor who developed the classification of petrol octane rating. He was also the Rector of Imperial College London which was the centre for scientific research, and was also involved in the development of radar. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was finally convinced that Tizard should go to the U.S. to obtain the technical research on which the British radar system could be improved.

During the Battle of Britain, on the 13th August 1940 the Luftwaffe began to focus on bombing raids upon British airfields and radar stations. With the radar systems Britain possessed an effective air defence system and although the Luftwaffe air strikes did substantial damage to radar sites they were able to continue operating. The information received provided sufficient warning to enable British fighters to be in the air to attack the assaulting bombers and fighters. By the 15th August 1940 the Luftwaffe abandoned the air attacks on the radar stations and concentrated on RAF bases. On the 18th August 1940 due to heavy losses of German bombers, Luftwaffe fighters were ordered to protect the bombers. Both sides suffered heavy losses with the RAF losing 21% of their fighter pilots and the Luftwaffe losing 16% of their fighter pilots. To overcome British losses fighter construction was increased but it was more difficult to replace pilots.

In his speech to the House of Commons on the 20th August 1940 Churchill included his famous address about “The Few”, referring to the efforts of the RAF crews who were at that time fighting the Battle of Britain. On the 16th August 1940 Churchill visited the operations room in the Battle of Britain Bunker at RAF Uxbridge. He was so moved by what he saw that he composed the words “Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few”. In his speech he changed the phrasing of the wording in the section:- “The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to British airmen, who undaunted by odds, unweary in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few”. Officially the Battle of Britain ended on the 31st October 1940 as Germany’s attention was aimed at the large scale night time bomb attacks on London known as The Blitz.

On the 25th August 1940 Churchill ordered retaliation bombing of Berlin following the attack and destruction of St. Giles Cripplegate Church and surrounding area on the previous day. The church stands within the City of London at Moorgate which is well away from any strategic industrial sites. It was the first area in the city that was hit by a German bomber. Just after midnight on the 26th August 1940, for the first time, British bombers flew directly over Berlin and dropped bombs. Anti-aircraft fire and searchlights were ineffective because not one British aircraft was brought down and all air crews returned safely to their bases. The occupants of Berlin were stunned as they had been told enemy planes would not break through Berlin’s anti-aircraft defence system. Restoration of St. Giles began in 1965 and was incorporated in the modern Barbican Estate.

On the 31st August 1940 the British Destroyer Flotilla sailed from Immingham to the Dutch coast north-west of Texel to lay mines. The flotilla was joined by part of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla and while they were laying mines they were ordered to intercept a German naval force heading toward Britain. En-route to intercept the flotilla ran into a newly laid uncharted minefield. HMS Express was badly damaged causing many casualties after running into a mine where she lost most of bow. HMS Esk came to assist but also hit a mine and swiftly sank. The whole crew but one was lost. HMS Ivanhoe was badly damaged when hitting another mine whilst transferring the wounded from Express, causing more casualties. On the 1st September 1940 HMS Kelvin fired on Ivanhoe to scuttle her and the remainder of the flotilla returned to port including Express which was towed in. In all approximately 300 sailors were killed with another 100 being injured or taken prisoner of war when their rafts drifted onto the Dutch coast and were detained by the German authorities. The German invasion force the air reconnaissance had detected turned out to be a small mine laying unit transferring from Cuxhaven to Rotterdam.



Following the surrender of France to Germany in June 1940, Brigadier General Charles de Gaulle departed to London rather than surrender. On the 2nd August 1940 the Vichy French government sentenced de Gaulle to death for treason against France because he had formed the Free French movement in London. He had called for the French people to resist the Germans in his radio broadcast on the BBC. He also claimed sovereignty over France by forming a second government-in-exile.

General Phillippe Le Clerc landed at Douala in French Cameroon on the 27th August 1940 where he rallied the Free French to capture the town. French Cameroon was overseen by the pro-Vichy governor Richard Brunot. He was forced to hand over the civil administration of the state to Le Clerc and the Free French who had moved into Yaounde following the landing.



German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler gave the Luftwaffe’s commander-in-chief Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring a directive (Directive No. 17) to launch an assault against Britain on the 1st August 1940 with RAF Fighter Command being the prime target. Göring promised Hitler the assault would achieve the required result within days but certainly within weeks. The 5th August 1940 saw the first of a number of postponements owing to bad weather in the channel. The 13th August 1940 marked the start of the German’s Battle of Britain codenamed “Adlertag” (Eagle Day). Over a ten hour period waves of bombers were launched against British airfields in Essex, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. The intention was to test British capability to subdue widely separated attacks. They only achieved moderate success but it did demonstrate to British Fighter Command the difficulty in engaging German bombers in sufficient numbers to inflict significant losses. On the 24th August 1940 St. Giles Church Cripplegate and surrounding areas in Moorgate was attacked with considerable destruction imposed.  Hitler had given instructions that St. Paul’s Cathedral was not to be damaged and as St. Giles is only a short distance away it is possible the bombers were jettisoning their bombs or just experiencing navigational errors. Hitler was outraged when Britain retaliated with the first night time bombing mission on Berlin and ordered the bombing of London to be intensified. On the 31st August 1940 the Germans mounted their largest operation in which Fighter Command losses were the heaviest of the whole Battle of Britain. Thirty nine British aircraft were shot down and fourteen pilots killed. On the same day Göring believed the attacks on British Radar stations were ineffective and decided to abandon these attacks to concentrate on the bombing of British cities. This error of judgement gave Fighter Command the opportunity to have fighters in the air to intercept the oncoming bombers.

On the 17th August 1940 Hitler ordered a total blockade of Britain as a means to the weakening of the island prior to Operation Sea Lion. On the 22nd August 1940 German coastal long range artillery pieces, sited at the Pas-de-Calais in France, began to shell the Dover area aiming for both the town and any shipping located nearby. Over a thousand rounds were fired up to 1944 when the Allied invasion of Europe began. A major problem with the long range super-heavy guns was their barrels wore out relatively quickly therefore they could not fire very often as the barrels were difficult to make and expensive to replace.

Under the 1939 Molotov/Ribbentrop Pact Russia had territorial rights granted over part of Romania who therefore lost all the territory gained by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. At the outbreak of the Second World War Romania had adopted a policy of neutrality which was guaranteed by Britain and France. Following the fall of France and Britain being besieged by the Germans the Romanian government turned to Germany to obtain similar guarantees. On the 30th August 1940 Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini dictated to Romania they must hand over the Northern Transylvanian territory to Hungary. Romania agreed to the terms of the partition and the territory was handed over to Hungary.



On the 1st August 1940 the Italian Royal Navy established a submarine base at Betasom near Bordeaux in France. Italy and Germany had signed the Pact of Steel in June 1939 and following Italy’s entry into the war the Germans allocated a sector of the Atlantic south of Lisbon in Portugal for them to patrol. Betasom was selected to be their base which was in the German occupation zone. Italy played their part in the Battle of the Atlantic from 1940 to 1943.

The Italian conquest of Brtish Somalia was part of the East Africa Campaign which began on the 4th August 1940. Italy with Eritrean and Somali forces of Fascist Italy confronted British Commonwealth and Somali irregular troops. Rainy weather and the British defence of the colony hampered any speed and mobility of the Italian expedition. The Italian forces headed for Tug Argan (tug is the local word for dry riverbed) with only the local police force conducting a delaying action while the British and Commonwealth troops retreated to Tug Argan. The Battle of Tug Argan was fought between the 11th -15th August 1940 when the Italians overran the colony and the British were ordered to evacuate the area and arrived at the port of Berbera on the 19th August 940 where the Royal Navy evacuated the British troops. Italy had won a decisive victory over the British.

The Greek cruiser Elli was at anchor off the island of Tinos on the 15th August 1940 when she was sunk by Italian submarine Delfino. Three torpedoes hit Elli and she caught fire and sank killing nine petty officers and sailors and wounding a further twenty four. However, the sinking of Elli took place in peacetime two months before the outbreak of the Greco-Italian war.  The Greek government, in the meantime, were aware of the perpetrator but did not want confrontation with Italy. They announced the nationality of the attacking submarine as being unknown.



U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy reported from London that a British surrender was inevitable unless Britain had military assistance from the United States. On 16th August 1940 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt that if Britain was defeated her colonial islands nearest America could become a direct threat if they fell into German hands. Although not wanting to get involved in another European war Roosevelt proposed a “Destroyers for Bases Agreement” and on the 30th August 1940 he approved the deal. On the 3rd September 1940 destroyers, that were not vital to U.S. security, were transferred to the Royal Navy. In exchange for fifty destroyers Britain granted land, rent-free on 99-year leases, in nine various British colonies. These bases were available either for naval or air force facilities.



The Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed a constitutional republic of the Soviet Union on the 2nd August 1940. The new republic consisted of the Romanian regions of Bessarabia and North Bukovina and was occupied by the Soviet Union military in June/July 1940. The Soviet Union occupied the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on the 3rd August 1940, where they were incorporated into the Soviet Union as constituent republics. Recognition of this incorporation was never accepted by most western powers. The military annexation of these states was part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939.