Category Archives: 1940

War Diary March 28th to April 13th 1940, WW2

Thursday March 28th Supreme War Council met in London reviewed Allied strategy and issued solemn declaration of united action in making peace and in reconstruction after peace. Heinkel raider shot down in sea off coastline. Patrol aeroplane of Coastal Command … Continue reading

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War Diary March 19th to 27th 1940

Tuesday March 19th 1940 Air Ministry announced that, following German raid on Orkneys RAF bombers damaged German air base at Hornum on island of Sylt. Action was still in progress at midnight. Important debates took place in both House of … Continue reading

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War Diary March 13th to 18th, 1940 WW2

Wednesday 13th March, 1940 Finnish Foreign Minister, M. Tanner broadcast official confirmation of peace agreement and its terms. Later he announced that Finland, Norway and Sweden are to discuss formation of defensive alliance. Fighting continued on nearly all Finnish fronts … Continue reading

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War Diary March 7th to March 12th 1940

Thursday March 17th 1940 Fighting continued on ice of Vippuri Bay, where Russians made repeated attacks in attempt to obtain footing on western shore. They were stated to have achieved some success north of Lake Ladoga. Helsinki announced that Russia had offered … Continue reading

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War Diary 29th February to 6th March 1940

Thursday 29th February 1940 Russians claimed to be within four miles of Viipur and to be preparing final assault on town. Finns repulsed three attempts by Russians to cross Taipale river, and frustrated an attack near Pitkaerantae, north-east of Lake … Continue reading

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War Diary February 22nd to 27th 1940, WW2

Thursday, February 22, 1940 Further naval awards were announced in recognition of gallantry in battle with ‘Graf Spee.’ Two Heinkel bombers shot down by RAF, one in Berwickshire, the other in sea off Northumberland coast. Russians reported to have lost … Continue reading

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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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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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