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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 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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War Diary January 11th to 17th, 1940

Thursday, January 11th, 1940 Russians attacked in region of Salla, but were repulsed. German raiders crossed British coastline at points from East Scotland down to Thames Estuary. Anti-aircraft fire and fighter patrols drive them out to sea. No bombs dropped. … Continue reading

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War Diary 4th to 10th January 1940

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 … Continue reading

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War Diary 1st to 3rd January, 1940

Monday 1st January 1940 Royal proclamation issued extending liability of men for military service up to age 27. Violent attack by Soviet forces in Taipale sector of Karelian Isthmus repulsed. North Suomusaalmi Finnish troops were in pursuit of defeated Russians. Bombing … Continue reading

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War Diary 28th to 31st December 1939

Thursday 28th December 1939 Censorship of Press messages from Moscow reimposed. Fierce hand to hand fighting on frozen Suvanto river near Mannerheim Line. Finns claimed to have wiped out two Russian companies. Reported that Russians have brought troops into Karelian … Continue reading

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War Diary 20th to 27th December, 1939

Wednesday, 20th December Reported that Captain Langsdorf, who commanded ‘Graf Spee’ committed suicide on Tuesday night. Heavy Russian attack in Karelian Isthmus was repulsed. In thenorth Soviet troops checked by snowstorms Us Cruiser ‘Tuscaloosa’ arrived in New York with 579 survivors from … Continue reading

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War Diary 14th to 19th December, 1939

Thursday, 14th December German pocket battleship ‘Admiral Graf Spee’, badly damaged, took refuge the preceding night in Montevideo harbour, and was granted permission to stay for 48 hours. Five British cruisers waited outside harbour. Five Messerschmitt fighters shot down in … Continue reading

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War Diary 7th to 13th December, 1939

Thursday December 7th Finns maintained defence of Karelian Isthmus and denied that Russians had broken through, Russians attacks in the north were repulsed. Fierce fighting in Pestamo district. Nine enemy aircraft driven off by RAF fighters in the Firth of … Continue reading

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War Diary, 1st to 6th December, 1939

Friday, December 1st, 1939 There were two further air raids on Helsinki and other towns. Finnish communique claimed that all the south eastern frontier and nearly all on the Karelian Isthmus; that 1,200 prisoners were captured, a destroyer sunk by … Continue reading

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