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19th January 1940

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Russian bombers raided the outskirts of Helsinki. Severe fighting in the waistline area of Finland, where Russians were still in retreat. Russian division north of Lake Ladoga, under the command of General Grigori Stern, also began to retire. Russian attacks on Finnish positions at Taipale, south of Lake Ladoga, were repulsed.

Finnish communique reported that Swedish volunteer pilots had bombed Russian troops.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter attacked Heinkel He 111 raider of Aberdeen.

Reconnaissance flights carried out over north-west Germany by the British Royal Air Force (RAF).

The Swedish steamer Palala was sunk by U-boat.

It was reported that the entire crew of the British tanker Inverdargle were lost when she sank after an explosion on 16 January 1940 off the South West coast.

Intense cold still being experienced over the whole of Europe. In Italy 20°. of frost. Fahrenheit recorded, and in Finland, 81°.

Denmark expressed, for the first time, intention, preserving mutuality by force of arms if necessary.

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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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