Adolf Hitler told his military commanders that England was the leading military power in the enemy alliance and the defeat of England was essential. He ordered the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe to blockade London, Liverpool and Manchester, to attack shipping and to bomb factories, oil storage facilities and food stores.
It was reported that the British Exchequer had received substantial donations of gold and jewellery from foreigners in support of the war effort.
Moscow broke off diplomatic relations with Finland.
In Madrid the Spanish government ratified its friendship pact with Germany. The pact included secret clauses allowing German ships to use Spanish ports.
Game day 90. Britain
Two empty convoys arrived in Boston, Massachusetts to collect Industrial resources for Britain. A third convoy left Portsmouth heading for the Far East. The Flotilla of warships in the North Atlantic sailed north, failing to locate the enemy submarine.
The Finnish Government denied the shelling
of Mainila (reported yesterday), claiming that the firing had come from the
Soviet side of the border.
In Germany Aryans were given a 12-month
deadline by which they had to divorce their Jewish spouses. In Lublin, a labour camp holding about 45,000
Jews deported from other countries, an epidemic of typhus broke out.
It was decided that no Nobel Peace Prize
would be awarded in 1939.
Game day 88. USSR
10th Infantry Corps in Ukraine
moved south-west. 11th
Infantry and 4th Armoured Corps in Caucasus moved westwards. The Fighter group in Ukraine was moved to
Today I have been writing the rules for my “Bomber” game, based on Len Deighton’s eponymous book. It’s all coming together nicely. The game was first played as a post-Christmas fun game in Chris Scott’s gaming room. I am now expanding it for a weekend at the Wargames Holiday Centre. The new version is much better than the early picture below.
I also spent a little time basing some 6mm artillery pieces for my domestic campaign game set in 1702. For these games I normally use Irregular Miniatures blocks of 3 x 6 Infantry (a company or a battalion as required) and 1 x 4 cavalry (a troop or squadron). But I find their field artillery pieces less than adequate, so I go to Heroics and Ros for the guns. Irregular siege guns are much better than their field pieces.
As an aside Ian Kay of Irregular Miniatures was kind enough a few years back to sculpt for me a bunch of “early 18th century routing infantry” as a marker unit, based on his ACW-Modern period models.
The Soviet Union’s Red Army shelled the
Russian border village of Mainila, declared that the fire originated from
Finland across the nearby border and claimed to have had losses in
personnel. The Soviet Union demanded
that Finland withdraw troops from the Karelian Isthmus.
Map taken from Wikipedia
Ten people died when the Polish liner Pilsudski in Royal Navy service was
torpedoed in the North Sea.
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
made his first radio broadcast since 3rd September, and claimed that
the British knew the secret of the German magnetic mine. Author’s
note: declaring to your enemy that you
know his secrets seems counter-productive.
Game day 87. China
A fresh infantry Corps moved up to the west
of the City of Peking to support the defenders.
The remaining two Corps moved towards Shanghai to retake the city and
the province of Kwangtung for the Chinese.
In Britain, after attempts to protect wild-roaming New Forest ponies from traffic accidents in the blackout by painting them as zebras, they were rounded up and moved to safe pastures.
Game day 86. Japan
The Japanese made a determined assault to take Peking from the Chinese. 1st Armoured Corps attacked from the north, while a battalion from 3rd Infantry Corps attacked from the south. The attack was supported by 2nd Fighter Group flying in from the east.
The Chinese 2nd Infantry Corps was wiped out and the 4th Infantry Corps lost one battalion. On the Chinese side 1st Armoured Corps lost half its tanks and the 4th Infantry Corps was eliminated. No aircraft were shot down. The Chinese held the city.
Some weeks on. The electric wiring is boxed into conduit. The walls are re-plastered and painted. the skirting boards have been replaced and all the woodwork repainted.
But the two desks turned out to have the wrong metalwork assembly delivered. we have the smaller size dsk and the larger size frame. After a week of telephone calls we have been promised replacements “within 10 working days”.
This still leaves the house full of displaced stuff and a half-built desk in the middle of the office.
And we are still waiting for the electrician to return and re-enable the socket that he disabled when fitting the new switch board under the stairs.
And only a month until Christmas. More “Ho-Hum” than “Ho-Ho-Ho” in this household.