Thursday, 4th January
- Russian air force active in region bordering railway line to Swedish frontier.
- Finns isolated a Soviet battalion, part of a force sent to make contact with Russian troops at Soujaervi, north of Lake Ladoga.
- Finnish war planes dropped 3,000,000 pamphlets over Leningrad on January 3rd and carried out bombing raids on Soviet island bases at Oesel and Dagoe.
- RAF made successful reconnaissance flights over north-west Germany and patrols over seaplane bases in Heligoland Bight.
- Goering assumed supreme control of German war industries and all Government departments concerned with economic side of war.
- Paris reported that in Lower Vosges enemy detachment of 100 was surprised and machine gunned by French patrol.
- British trawler ‘Daneden’ feared lost with crew of nine.
- Reported that British liner ‘Tuscan Star’ had been bomed and machine gunned by German aeroplanes shortly after leaving England. Raider driven off by ship’s anti-aircraft guns.
Friday, 5th January
- Russians reported to be digging themselves in opposite middle of Mannerhein Line.
- Soviet warship ‘Kiroff’ damaged by Finnish coastal batteries, towed into port for repairs.
- Mr Hore-Belisha, Minister of War, resigned from the Government, and Mr Oliver Stanley was appointed in his placce.
- Sir John Reith became Minister of Information in place of Lord MacMillan.
- Paris reported intense artillery activity along 125 miles of the Western Front.
- Announced that part of the first Indian contingent to join the B.E.F. had reached the British forward zone.
- Swedish steamer ‘Fearis’ shelled and sunk by Soviet submarine in Gulf of Bothnia
Saturday, 6th January
- Helsinki reported that fighting was continuing near Suomussalmi and that on the Karelian Isthmus artillery fire had intensified.
- Battle on five ‘Fronts’ in progress in Salla sector.
- Finns said to have made contact with new Russian division near frontier north of Kiantijearvi
- Russians lost eight planes in raid on Utti, 60 miles north east of Helsinki.
- British trawler ‘Eta’ sunk by mine in North sea.
- British liner ‘City of Marseilles’ struck a mine off east coast of Scotland, but was safely towed into port.
- Dutch Government issued formal declaration that Holland would defend her integrity against any attack.
- Discussions took place at Venice between Count Ciano and Count Csaky, Foreign Ministers of Italy and Hungary.
Sunday, 7th January
- Mr Churchill in France visiting British Forces.
- Attempt by Russian ski detachment to outflank Finns in Salla sector was defeated.
- Russian planes again bombed Turku and also raided town in Knopie.
- Paris reported patrol activity at different points of the front. Artillery action east of the Blies.
- British collier ‘Townele’ mined off South-East coast.
- British ship ‘Cedrington Court’ sunk off South-East coast.
Monday, 8th January
- Fight on Karelian Isthmus continued in desultory fashion.
- During weekend Finns won great victory in ‘waistline’ area. Russian 44th Division destroyed, 1,000 prisoners and large quantity of war material captured.
- Successes were also reported from farther north, engagements on Salla and Petsamo fronts yielding much valuable booty.
- Paris reported patrol activity in region west of Voges.
- New German Army HQ said to have been established at Recklinghamhausen, 10 miles from Dutch frontier.
- Reported that British liner ‘Highland Patriot’ was attacked by U-boat on December 29th, but beat enemy off with a 4-inch gun.
- British tanker reached Amsterdam after being attacked by Heinkel bomber on North Sea.
- Sir Edmund Ironside and Lord Gort decorated with Grand Cross of Legion of Honour by General Gamelin.
- Rationing scheme came into operation, food affected being sugar, butter, bacon and ham.
Tuesday 9th January
- Nazi planes attacked, with bombs and machine-guns, merchant ships, fishing craft and Trinity House vessel off East Coast. British steamers ‘Gowrie’, ‘Oakgrove’, and ‘Upminister’ sunk; steamer ‘Northwood’ attacked and trawler ‘Crystalite’ disabled. Danish ships ‘Ivan Kondrup’ and ‘Feddy’ also attacked but reached port.
- Union Castle liner ‘Dunbar Castle’ sunk by mines off South-East Coast.
- British tanker ‘British Liberty’ sunk.
- Dutch steamer ‘Truida’ mined.
- British trawler ‘River Earn’ reported sunk by Natzi bomber in North Sea.
- Russian communique admitted that Red troops had retreated several kilometres east of Suomussalmi.
- Soviet aircraft raided six small towns in Finland.
- Reported that Leningrad-Mumansk railway had again been cut by patrols.
- Announced that out of 5,911 ships – British Allied and neutral-convoyed by British Navy, only 12 were sunk while in convoy.
- First Colonial contingent from Cyprus land in France to join B.E.F.
- Creation of a Royal Air Force Command in France announced, with Air-Marshal A.S. Barrat as Commander-in-Chief.
- Reported that Italy had made representations to Germany concerning detention in German ports of war supplied sent by Italy to Finland.
Wednesday 10th January
- Artillery action and air activity reported from Western Front.
- RAF made bombing raid on German seaplane base of Sylt; reported that Hindenburg Dam connecting island with mainland was damaged.
- RAF aircraft had running flight with Messerschmitts over North Sea. One enemy fighter destroyed and at least one disabled. One British plane lost.
- Helsinki reported battle in progress north-east of Lake Ladoga. In Suomussalmi region Finns drove Russians back over frontier.
- Russians attacking in Salla sector with fresh troops.
- Finns reported that 700 out of 1,000 Soviet bombers ranged on eastern frontier were snowbound and frozen up.
- Norwegian steamer ‘Manx’ mined in North Sea.
- Sweden passed emergency laws giving Government wide powers in case of war.