Today in World War II History—July 3, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—July 3, 1940: British seize all French ships at port in Britain to prevent them from falling into Nazi hands.
At Mers-el-Kébir Algeria, when French warships refuse to fight for the Royal Navy or surrender, British warships sink French battleship Bretagne and French destroyer Mogador and damage two battleships—1297 French sailors are killed, seriously damaging Anglo-French relations.
75 Years Ago—July 3, 1945: Australians secure Balikpapan oil fields on Borneo.
James Byrnes is sworn in as US Secretary of State.