Eighty years on. 20th January 1940

The Soviets bombed Turku and Hanko, starting serious fires there. Vilpuri was attacked and a hospital was hit.  The Finnish Air Force, flying British Blenheim bombers, attacked several Russian targets.

During the Winter Offensive in the Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese troops captured Licheng.

Winston Churchill (First Lord of the Admiralty) gave an address over the radio, stating that that there was no chance of a speedy end to the war except through united action and asked the neutral nations to do their duty in accordance with the Covenant of the League of Nations, and to stand together with the British and French Empires against aggression and wrong.  

The U.S. Government made a protest to Britain against the detention of American ships in Gibraltar.

London recorded a temperature of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-11C) – the city’s coldest day since 1881.  The Danube and the Baltic Sea froze, halting all transport.  In the North Sea magnetic mines were exploded by ice floes.

In Finland it was recorded that about 1,000 Russian troops had died of exposure and in China around 20,000 died.  The war there was halted due to the cold weather.  In Europe there was no progress with the expected German attack on the western front, presumably because of the weather.

Game Day 132.

USA (from last turn) shipped 15 Industrial points from the west coast for the relief of Nationalist China.

The German submarine group in the North-East Atlantic sailed south-west towards the convoy route. The German battleships moved to intercept the British convoy off the coast of Portugal.  Three merchant ships were sunk.

In the South Atlantic the raiders put into Angola to refuel.

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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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