Eighty years on. 18th February 1940


On Hitler’s orders, General Halder incorporated Von Manstein’s thrust through the Ardennes Forest into his plans to invade France.

The Finns destroyed a Soviet stronghold north of Lake Ladoga, capturing 32 field guns, 30 antitank guns, 1 mortar, 20 tanks, 15 machineguns, 25 trucks & 32 field kitchens.  The Soviets lost 1,000 dead and 250 taken prisoner. 166 Finnish troops died in the battle.   But on the Karelian Isthmus, Soviet tanks broke through the V-line in two places.

Despite being at war only with France, Britain & the Commonwealth, German U-boats sank 6 merchant vessels from France, Spain, Greece, Panama, the Netherlands and Norway. In addition, U-23 sank the British destroyer HMS Daring east of the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

The British Government pressed the Norwegians to intern the Altmark.

The U.S. Secretary of State applied a “Moral Embargo” to the USSR.

The French Government agreed to the reconstruction of the Polish Air Force in France.

Game day 171. Norway

Six Infantry battalions reached the southern end of the border with Soviet-Occupied 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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