Events occurring on Monday, October 21, 1940  
  Winston Churchill  
  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a broadcast in French directed to the radio audience in France. Churchill appealed to the French not to hinder Britain in the war against Germany. "… we do not forget the ties and links that unite us to France, and we are persevering steadfastly and in good heart in the cause of European freedom and fair dealing for the common people of all countries for which, with you, we draw the sword … Remember, we shall never stop, never weary, and never give in, and that our whole people and empire have bowed themselves to the task of cleansing Europe from the Nazi pestilence and saving the world from the new Dark Ages … We seek to beat the life, and soul out of Hitler and Hitlerism–that alone, that all the time, that to the end."  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The light cruiser USS St. Louis (CL 49) departed San Juan, Puerto Rico for a return visit to Hamilton, Bermuda with the Greenslade Board aboard. The Greenslade Board was a committee formed "to make a comprehensive study of the shore establishment (naval and commercial) necessary to support the Fleet in peace and war." With the strategic requirements of the fleet in mind, the board was instructed to make recommendations for additional facilities in new locations and as to the expansion, limitation, contraction, abandonment, or conversion of existing shore facilities. The board was known by its senior member, Rear Admiral John W. Greenslade./the board, headed by Rear Admiral John F. Greenslade, which would evaluate base sites acquired from the British on September 5 in the destroyers-for-bases agreement.  
  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 corvette HMCS Jonquil (K 68) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Robert E. H. Partington.  
  October 1940 Calendar  
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