In Prague, the Gestapo arrested and
executed nationalists attending the funeral of Jan Opletal, who had been
wounded during the patriotic parades of October 28th.
In France three hours were added to the
official working week, making it 43 hours.
Author’s note. Possibly the only time that French trade
unions have accepted longer working hours.
It is currently (2019) a maximum of 35 hours and 10 hours maximum per
Game day 76. Japan
3rd Infantry Corps, supported by
2nd Fighter Group, attacked Peking. 1 successful attack point
against 1 successful defence point. The
2nd Chinese Infantry Corps lost 1 Battalion, but the Japanese lost a
squadron of fighters. Peking held out.
1st Armoured Corps continued to
advance towards the north of Peking in support of the attacking infantry.
The Polish Government in Exile, led by
General Sikorski, moved from Paris to London.
Hitler rejected the offer of mediation from
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and King Leopold of the Belgians. This offer had already been rejected by
Winston Churchill in his speech two days previously (despite that he had no
authority to speak for the British Government at this date).
The Franco-British alliance agreed to set
up defensive lines on the River Dyle in Belgium if Germany were to attack.
Game day 75. Britain
1st and 2nd
Battleship Flotillas reached the relative safety of Gibraltar. Two empty convoys continued south-west across
the North Atlantic towards the USA.
between the Soviet Union and Finland broke down. The Finns suspected that the Germans and
Russians had secretly agreed to include Finland in the Soviet sphere of
Henry Crerar set up his headquarters in London.
destroyer HMS Blanche hit a mine in the Thames estuary and sank. The Luftwaffe attacked the Shetland Islands
and claimed to have scored hits on a cruiser and two flying boats. Actual damage caused was to an empty
crofter’s cottage and the unfortunate death of a rabbit.
Game day 74. Germany
The bomber group was moved to the
north-west to be within range of more of the UK. 5th Infantry Corps moved from
Berlin to the south-west.
In the Atlantic the U-boats were sent south
towards the coast of Canada. The 1st
Battleship Flotilla moved south-west, and in the South Atlantic the 2nd
Battleship Flotilla moved north-east towards the African coast.
In Germany hundreds of “Dissidents” and
Jews were arrested in the hunt for those responsible for the 9th
November Munich bomb. Clothes rationing
cards were issued.
King Carol of Rumania offered to mediate
between the belligerent nations.
Winston Churchill broadcast to the nation
that the war had gone well for the allies during its first ten weeks. He did not expect it to be a short war. Author’s
note: By “allies” one assumes he was no
longer including the Poles, for whom the country had gone to war in the first
The Entertainments National Service
Association (ENSA) performed its first concert for the troops “Somewhere in
Game day 73. USSR
France having nothing to do this turn, the
action moved directly to the USSR.
2nd Armoured Corps moved west
from Ukraine into Poland, but the soviets were careful to keep their forces
back from the new border with Germany. 1st
Armoured Corps moved to the eastern outskirts of Leningrad. Other units west of Moscow moved generally
westwards, while those to the east continued to move south-east as far as their
own state borders.
It is a good idea to pause occasionally and reflect on what our games; our toy soldiers, our cardboard counters or computer graphics actually represent. Today is a day for remembering.
The allies exchanged friendship messages marking
Armistice Day. Queen Elizabeth made a
broadcast on the BBC focusing on the effect of the war on women. So far in Britain 45,000 women had
volunteered for the various organisations and services. Recruiting for the WRNS and the Land Army was
suspended because the waiting lists were too long.
The German Foreign Office repeated
assurances that the neutrality of the Netherlands and Belgium would be
Game day 73. China
3rd Infantry Corps moved from
China into disputed Kwangtung. 4th
Infantry Corps in China also moved to the north-east while 5th
Infantry Corps moved eastwards with the intention of retaking Shanghai.
In Berlin the government-controlled radio and newspapers blamed British agents for yesterday’s Munich beer cellar bomb. Two British agents in the Netherlands, Capt. S. Payne Best and Maj. Richard Stevens, were kidnapped by the Gestapo after a set-up meeting with a “Dutch” intelligence officer near the German border.
In South Africa a sabotage plot on vital industries by armed “Blackshirt” pro-Nazis was uncovered.
Game day 70. Britain
In the Atlantic the 1st Battleship Flotilla moved East towards Gibraltar The remains of the 2nd Flotilla also continued towards Gibraltar.
A convoy arrived in Portsmouth where the 1st Canadian Infantry Corps disembarked. A second convoy set off from Bristol and a third from Liverpool heading for the USA to collect vital war supplies.