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3rd January 1940

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HMS Ajax arrived at Montevideo and HMS Achilles at the Buenos Aries, for refuelling and provisioning. Both ships received a tumultuous welcome.

During five weeks of war Finns claim to have destroyed 400 Russian tanks and brought down at least 150 planes. Finnish Airforce raided Russian base at Uhtua, opposite Finnish waistline, and also Murmansk and Russian base at Liinahamari, port in Petsamo region. Machines used were fast bomber's.

Reported that Arctic weather conditions were responsible for as many Russian deaths, as were the Finns.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) reconnaissance machine, forced down in Belgian territory after being engaged by three Luftwaffe fighters in neighbourhood of frontier between Germany and Belgium.

Paris reported that patrols and reconnaissance parties were active on the Western front. French fighters brought down to Luftwaffe planes.

President Roosevelt, opening a third session of Congress, warned Americans that isolation was impossible and that the mission of the United States of America was to promote peace by means of trade cooperation.

The Swedish steamer Svarton was sunk by a U-boat off the north coast of Scotland.

M Daladier stated that France would help Finland by every means in her power.

The British contraband control announced that 20,800 tons of goods were intercepted during the week ending 30 December 1939.

Germany said to have warned Scandinavian countries that if allies gain advantages there under pretence of helping Finland, she will interfere.

R5 R-boat
Sunk 3 January 1940

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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.
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