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On this day

On this day
11 July

1941 — Vichy French forces in Syria, surrendered. The five-week long campaign was the first action of the 7th Australian Division. It was thought that the Vichy French would offer only token resistance, but 3,900 of the 34,000 Australian, British, Indian, and Free French troops involved in the campaign became casualties.

1941 — HMAS VENDETTA sank HMS DEFENDER after the British ship was severely damaged in German air attacks off SIDI BARRANI, Egypt, while engaged in evacuating troops