Eighty years on. 16th January 1940


Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai replaced General Nobuyuki Abe as Prime Minister of Japan.

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made a speech to Parliament on the war situation which concluded:  “At the moment there is a lull in the operations of war, but at any time that lull may be sharply broken, and events may occur within a few weeks or even a few hours which will reshape the history of the world. We, in this country, hope, as do the peoples of every nation, that the just and lasting peace which we are seeking will not be long delayed. On the other hand, it may well be that the war is about to enter upon a more acute phase. If that should prove to be the case, we are ready for it, and in common with our Allies we will spare no effort and no sacrifice that may be necessary to secure the victory on which we are determined.”

Adolf Hitler cancelled the planned attack on the west due to worsening weather and the loss of the plans at Mechelen.  He ordered instead preparation for an attack on Scandinavia.

A report on the conditions in German-occupied Poland was presented to the Government in exile at Angers, France.  Looting, public executions, hostage-taking and mass arrests and hostage-taking were reported, as well as brutal persecution of Jews and gypsies.

Game day 128. China

The infantry corps in China continued eastwards.  The corps south of Peking backed off to the west awaiting reinforcements.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

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