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22nd December 1939

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Helsinki was raided by three Russian bombers, which damaged the outskirts of the city. Finns compelled Russians to retreat in Petsamo and Salla districts. They also launched successful counter-attack, along a twelve mile front in the Karelian Isthmus. Russians repulsed on other fronts, with heavy losses of men and material.

Luftwaffe aircraft engaged by British fighters of the Firth of Forth. Luftwaffe aeroplanes reported over Suffolk coast and two machines thought to be Heinkel He 111 bombers, sighted at another point on East Coast.

The British air ministry reported that on the Western front four Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters attacked three Hurricane fighters. Two British and one German machine were shot down

It was reported that the British trawler River Annan which on 17 December 1939, had rescued the crew of the mined Danish steamer Boge was sunk on 19 December 1939 by Luftwaffe bombers. Both crews were picked up by a Swedish steamer.

M Daladier announced that the Maginot line had been extended on the northern and Jura frontiers

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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