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2nd January 1940

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Events On This Day

Luftwaffe aeroplane sighted over the Shetlands.

The Russians launched an attack on the Mannerheim line, but a blizzard over southern Finland, but fighting to a standstill. Finnish successes at Lake Kianta and other points on the eastern front have relieved the pressure on railway line from Joensuu to Nurmes and Oulu, of great strategic importance to Finland. Details were published of great Finnish victory in the region of Lake Tolva, north of Lake Ladoga, where fighting raged from December 13th to 23rd. Russian division annihilated, and vast quantities of war material destroyed or captured.

Report from Berlin stated that Stalin had applied to the government for 200,000 experts to reorganise the Russian economy. Later denied.

The King visited an army division in the southern command and made an 80 mile tour of various units.

Fight over North sea near German coast, between three British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers and twelve Messerschmitt long-range fighters. One fighter shot down in flames, two others driven down and probably lost. One British machine shot down and another missing.

The survivors of crew of the Swedish steamers Lars Magnus Trozelli, sunk by enemy action, landed at Haugesund.

The Estonian steamer Mina reported missing.

Freezing of Danube has cut of Germany from over three quarters of products supplied to her by the Balkans.

Prague announced that a new wave of arrests had swept over the protectorate, victims including ex-officers of the Czechoslovakian army and journalists.

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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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