Eighty years on. 21st February 1940


Hitler ordered Generalleutnant von Falkenhorst to submit a plan for the invasion of Norway (Unternehmen Weserübung).  Von Falkenhorst bought a Baedeker tourist guide to Norway and working from maps in the book, had draft operational plans ready for Hitler’s approval at 5 p.m.

Concentration Camps Inspectorate head Richard Glücks recommended a location for a “quarantine” camp in Poland. The site was a former Austro-Hungarian cavalry barracks near the town of Oświęcim, known in German as Auschwitz.

U-50 sank the Dutch SS Tara southwest of Cape Finisterre, Spain.  British steamer SS Loch Maddy was hit by U-57 and abandoned southeast of Wick, Scotland.

British trawlers in the North Sea, now armed with machine guns, fired on Luftwaffe aircraft.

In the North Atlantic the cruiser HMS Manchester and the destroyer HMS Kimberley captured the German merchant vessel Wahehe.

The Finnish V-line on the Karelian Isthmus continued to crumble.  Soviet forces penetrated towards Viipuri.

72% of Americans polled by Gallup were against the USA declaring war on Germany if it looked like Britain and France would be defeated.

Game day 174. Britain

The escorted loaded convoy from the USA to Britain moved north-east into the Bay of Biscay.  A warship left Gibraltar to assist with defence of the convoy and a second sailed from Portsmouth to the south of Ireland.

In the Indian Ocean three merchant ships continued towards Australia while six battalions of Indian infantry moved towards the remaining three ships waiting to transport them to Europe.

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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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