Eighty years on. 31st January 1940


Britain secretly approached neutral Italy about purchasing badly needed fighter planes for the war effort. Author’s note. looking at the aircraft available Britain must have been desperate!

U-13 sank the Norwegian steamer SS Start carrying coal from Sunderland between Stavanger, Norway & Aberdeen, Scotland.  U-21 sank the Danish SS Vidar carrying steel from Grimsby 25 miles East of Aberdeen. 

Russian Commander Timoshenko prepared to assault the Mannerheim Line. He had 12 fresh divisions and 400 heavy artillery pieces available.

Britain launched a campaign to collect household waste for the war effort.  Iron and Steel were needed for melting down, waste paper for pulping and food waste for pig swill.  In Britain it was revealed that the country, like much of Europe, was suffering from freezing weather and heavy snowfall.  Official reports on the weather were censored until 15 days after the event.  The population had noticed…

Game day 153. France

Six battalions of Algerian Infantry disembarked at Marseilles and moved north.

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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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