The passenger ship Durham Castle struck a mine off Cromarty, Scotland and sank.
The 1911 trade treaty between the United States and Japan expired.
The Nazis warned that listening to foreign radio was punishable by death. In Poland Jews were forbidden to travel on public railways. Author’s note. This is ironic, considering the amount of railway infrastructure later used to transport Jews, which could have been used for military purposes.
Charles de Gaulle issued a memo to his superiors stating, “We began the war with five million soldiers yet our aerial forces are only now being equipped and our armoured vehicles are too weak and too few in number.”
U-boat captains were permitted from now on to make submerged attacks without warning on certain merchant vessels (though not on Spanish, Russian, Japanese or American ships) east of Scotland, in the Bristol Channel and in the English Channel.
Game day 138. USA
The American convoy in the Pacific continued westwards. Although the USA was neutral, they began supplying the Chinese Nationalist forces with military aid in January 1940.