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23rd January 1940

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Helsinki reported that strong Russian offensive at Taipale had been beaten back after six hours fighting. Attempt to outflank them Mannerheim line by encircling movement from north of Lake Ladoga was also repulsed by the Finns, with heavy loss to the enemy. On Salla front small isolated force of Russian troops were still holding out at Maerkaejaervi, supplies being dropped from Russian aircraft.

The British Admiralty announced that the destroyer HMS Exmouth had been sunk by a mine or torpedo, and that there were no survivors.

Two steamers, the British Baltanglia and the Norwegian Pluto, were sunk by mines off the northeast coast.

In South African parliament, General Hertzog delivered a tirade in defence of Nazi's, and was at once denounced in vigorous speech by General Smuts.

M. Paderewski elected Speaker of the Polish National Council, the first meeting of which was held in Paris instead of at Anvers. All Polish parties were represented.

It was reported that Japan had made formal protests against action the of British warships in stopping the Japanese liner Asama Maru on 21 January 1940 and removing 21 German passengers of military age.

In view of mortality rate on British roads (1200 killed during December). Government decided to reduce speed limit in built-up areas during darkness from 30 to 20 miles an hour.

T5 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 23 January 1940

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