Eighty years on. 17th February 1940


Erich von Manstein presented his plan for Fall Gelb to Hitler, detailing the war plan for the German invasion of France and the Low Countries.  Hitler was impressed by the plan, noting similarities with his own ideas.

The Finns, no match for Soviet tanks in the open snowfields, fell back to the V-line. The Soviet attack again ground to a halt on prepared defensive positions.  The Swedish government denied a Finnish request for aid against the Soviets.

Battle of the Atlantic. U-10 sank the Norwegian SS Kvernaas off the Dutch coast.  U-37 sank the British SS Pyrrhus west of La Coruña, Spain.  U-48 sank the Finnish SS Wilja south of the Scilly Isles.

Germany accused Britain of “piracy, murder and gangsterism” over the Altmark incident and also lodged a protest with Norway demanding compensation for failing to protect the German ship within Norwegian territorial waters. Norway in turn protested to Britain for infringing on the country’s neutrality.

Game day 170. USSR

Russian infantry continued to march towards the Norwegian border as a bulwark against a possible Anglo-French attack in support of Finland.

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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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