23 May 1941
Admiral Darlan announces that no French colonies or ships will be surrendered
War at Sea
HMS Suffolk and HMS Norfolk, under Admiral Wake-Walker, become the first British ships to sight the Bismarck on her way into the Atlantic.
The War at Sea, 1939-1945, Volume I: The Defensive, S. W. Roskill
. This first volume in the British official history of the war at sea covers the period from the outbreak of the war through to the first British disasters in the Pacific in December 1941. Amongst other topics it covers the Norwegian campaign, the evacuation from Dunkirk and the first two years of the Battle of the Atlantic. The text is meticulously researched, and is rooted in a detailed study of wartime records, both British and German. [see more
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