Events occurring on Monday, July 15, 1940  
  The East African Campaign  
  The outnumbered British garrison at Moyale, Kenya withdrew from the town in face of attacking Italian forces.  
  Military Conflict in North Africa  
  Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini ordered Marshal Rodolfo Graziani to launch an attack into Egypt by August 8. Graziani would miss this deadline as he believed that his forces were not properly equipped for such an operation and that an attack into Egypt could not possibly succeed.  
  The Battle of Britain  
  There was very little activity during the day, probably owing to bad weather. A few Luftwaffe raids occurred in the Cardiff, Swansea, Portsmouth and Southampton areas, off the Thames Estuary and Norfolk Coast. A certain amount of activity was also experienced over convoys on the south and east coasts.  
  Very slight activity was encountered during the night, the weather still being very bad. 6 to 8 raids crossed the coast between Newcastle and Flamborough Head, and proceeded to Liverpool Bay. These aircraft were suspected of minelaying. Later, about 12 raids appeared between the Norfolk coast and the Tyne, 6 of which crossed the coastline and the remainder cruised around as though minelaying.  
  RAF Statistics for the day: 154 patrols were flown involving 470 aircraft. Luftwaffe casualties: Fighters - none; Bombers - 1 confirmed, 3 unconfirmed. RAF casualties: 4 Hurricanes confirmed (3 crashed on landing).  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted Greek steam merchant Evdoxia was torpedoed and sunk by the U-34, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Rollmann, southwest of Ireland in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 22 survived. The 2,018 ton Evdoxia was headed for Greece.  
  The unescorted Estonian steam merchant Merisaar was bombed and sunk by a German aircraft in the Irish Sea. The 2,136 ton Merisaar was carrying lumber and was bound for Clyde, United Kingdom.  
  Luxembourg in WW2  
  The light cruiser USS Trenton (CL 11) sailed from Lisbon with members of the royal family of the Duchy of Luxembourg embarked.  
  In Other News  
  The results of the plebiscites conducted in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia the previous day were announced and showed a unanimous desire to join the Soviet Union.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The French battleship FS Richelieu was commissioned.  
  The corvette HMS Godetia (K 72) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander George V. Legassick.  
  The Soviet submarine K-22 was commissioned.  
  July 1940 Calendar  
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