Eighty years on. 21st January 1940


The British destroyer Exmouth was sunk by the German submarine U-22 in the Moray Firth with the loss of all 175 hands.

The British Cruiser HMS Gloucester stopped the Japanese liner Asamu Maru off the coast of Japan and arrested 21 German technicians.

The Soviets bombed Oulu. The Finns responded by bombing Kronstadt.

The Italian ocean liner Orazio caught on fire and sank off Toulon following an engine room explosion. 106 of the 633 aboard were killed.

The Pope condemned the rule of the Nazis in Poland.

Game day 133. Great Britain.

Three British warships from Gibraltar belatedly sailed to the aid of the remaining merchantman from the convoy attacked yesterday.  In the resulting engagement the Germans lost one of their two ships, but sank two of the British three.

The empty convoy continued towards the USA but two of the escorting warships were diverted to accompany the loaded ship heading for Britain.

The convoy in the Red Sea reached the Strait of Hormuz between Italian East Africa and Saudi Arabia.

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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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