Eighty years on. 12th February 1940


Finland. Soviet tanks dragged sleds of explosives up to the Million Fort on the Mannerheim Line, which was destroyed.  The Soviets captured the Kirvesmäki stronghold in Taipale.  The Finnish cabinet authorized the government to seek peace terms with Moscow.

Paper rationing was introduced in Britain.

The first troops from Australia and New Zealand arrived in Egypt.

The British Royal Navy minesweeper HMS Gleaner found the submarine U-33 laying mines in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland and attacked with depth charges. U-33 was badly damaged, forced to the surface and sank.  One survivor had three “Enigma” rotors in his pockets, which were sent to Bletchley Park.

The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Hasty captured the German SS Morea, off the Portuguese coast, and off Cabo Frio, Brazil, aircraft from British cruiser HMS Dorsetshire spotted the German SS Wakama.  Dorsetshire stopped the Wakama but her crew set her on fire.  HMS Glasgow captured a trawler off Tromso, Norway.

U-53 sank the Swedish SS Dalarö west of Scotland, and U-26 sank the Norwegian Nidarholm west of Ireland.

Game day 165. Germany

A fresh pack of six U-boats sailed from the Baltic into the North Sea.

In the South Atlantic the two Commerce Raiders continued north-west to mid-ocean.

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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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