Monthly Archives: May 2012

War Diary 15th to 21st February 1940

Thursday February 15th Russian offensive on Karelian Isthmus continued with undiminished violence. Finns claimed to have repulsed all attacks and to have shot down 16 enemy aircraft. Advance troops of Russian assault battalions reported to be in vicinity of Leipaesuo, … Continue reading

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We Saw The Jewish Pogrom in Germany

Among the reports in the White Paper concerning the treatment of Jews in Germany was one from Mr R T Smallbones, formerly H.M. Consul-General in Frankfurt-on-Main, Mr Smallbones and his daughter, who witnessed the terrible effects of the progrom of … Continue reading

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Graf Spee German Warship is Brought to Bay – WW2 1940

On December 8, 1914, ‘Admiral Graf von Spee’ went down with his flagship at the Falkland Islands.  Twenty five years later the ‘Admiral Graf Spee’ badly battered was driven into port on the same coast. For a hundred days of … Continue reading

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War Diary 8th to 14th February 1940

Thursday February 8th Battle in Karelian Isthmus reaches its ninth day, and Finns were reported to be still standing firm against repeated attacks. Russian battalion which attempted to come to relief of division encircled at Kuhmo, central Finland, was driven … Continue reading

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Mr Chamberlain Speech January 9th 1940

What Are We To Do To Win This War? At the opening of a year which must be fateful in the history not only of our own country, but the whole of Western civilisation. Britain’s Primeminister delivered a speech at the Mansion … Continue reading

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War Diary February 1st to 7th 1940

Thursday February 1st 1940 Reported that battle in Kuhmo sector of Central Finland, in which Finns were attempted to encircle a Russian division, was reaching critical stage. Russian forces said to be entrenching themselves on the front North of Lae Ladoga. Soviet troops launches … Continue reading

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WW2 War Diary January 25th to 31st 1940

Thursday January 25th Russian Objectives north-east of Lake Ladoga still held by Finns after five days and nights of fighting. Enemy also attacked in north at Maerkaejaervi and in Petsamo district, but were beaten back. Soviet planes sank Finnish steamer … Continue reading

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War Diary, January 18th to 24th 1940

Thursday January 18th 1940 Western Front reported mutual artillery action in region west of the Saar. Russian retreated nearly 30 miles on Salla front, reaching vicinity of Maerkajaervi. Finnish communique announced that eleven Soviet bombers had been brought down. Dutch royal decree proclaimed … Continue reading

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