23 September 1940

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Great Britain

George Cross Medal instituted as the highest civilian award for valour

Africa

Free French landings at Dakar fail

Books

Traditional Enemies - Britain's War with Vichy France 1940-1942, John D Grainger. Looks at the series of battles between Vichy France and Britain between the fall of France in 1940 and Operation Torch at the end of 1942. Politically well balanced, acknowledging the genuine motives behind each British attack and the difficult balancing act the Vichy government was attempting but failing to pull off, and with good accounts of the military actions. [read full review]
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One Step Further: Those Whose Gallantry Was Rewarded with the George Cross: Nine Volume Set, Marion Hebblethwaite. This set of nine books tells the stories of every winner of the George Cross, as well as explaining the medal itself and its predecessors. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 23 September 1940 , http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1940_09_23.html
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