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20th December 1939

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Events On This Day

Heavy Russian attack in Karelian Isthmus was repulsed. In the North Russian troops checked by snowstorms.

The USS Tuscaloosa arrived at New York with 579 survivors from the scuttled German liner Columbus.

Unidentified aircraft appeared on the eastern countries.

Palace announced that two more U-boats had been sunk by the French fleet.

The Swedish steamers Mars and Adolf Bratt were sunk by mines.

The British Admiralty announced the sinking by Luftwaffe aircraft of the fishing trawlers HMS Pearl on the 17 December 1939, and HMS Trinity an 18 December 1939, and the trawlers HMS Evelyn and HMS Sedgefy were overdue and presumed lost.

It was reported that British troopship collided in fog, with liner Samaria the latter being damaged.

Hans Langsdorff
Commanding the Graf Spee commits suicide so as not to disgrace the German Navy.

T7 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 20 December 1939

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We have scuttling drill on the Columbus

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German liner, Columbus picture 1

Admiral Graf Spee picture 2

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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