Events occurring on Thursday, March 21, 1940  
  France in WW2  
  The French the Chamber of Deputies elected Paul Reynaud Prime Minister and he formed a new French government.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The Danish motor merchant Algier was torpedoed and sunk by the U-38, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Liebe, approximately 15 miles northwest of Foula, Shetlands in the North Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 5 died and 18 survivors were picked up by the British trawler Manx King. The 1,654 ton Algier was carrying general cargo, including copper, tin, mercury, and 11 Studebaker motor cars and was bound for Copenhagen, Denmark.  
   
  The Danish motor merchant Christiansborg was torpedoed and sunk by the U-38 in the North Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 24 survivors were picked up by the armed boarding vessel HMS Discovery II. The 3,270 ton Christiansborg was carrying maize and was bound for Copenhagen, Denmark.  
   
  The Royal Navy  
  The ocean liner Queen Mary departed New York for Sydney, Australia, to be fitted as a troopship. Troop accommodations would be increased from 2,140 to 5,500.  
     
   
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