Wednesday, December 16, 2009

70 Years Ago Today 16/12/39

Rome: Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italy's foreign minister and Mussolini's Son in Law attacks Russia in a speech to the fascist assembly.

Helsinki: It is being reported that the mobile Finnish Army operating on skis and in camouflaged clothing are inflicting devastating casualties on the Red Army.

Uruguay: The massive German battleship Admiral Graf Spree has sought refuge in Montevideo harbour the day after the Battle of River Plate in which ferocious fire was exchanged between the Graf Spree and British cruisers Exeter, Ajax and Achilles . Neutral Uruguay has allowed the Graf Spree to remain in the harbour for 24 hours in accordance with International law. The three British ships are waiting outside the harbour to engage the German ship once it emerges. This incident has captured the attention of the world as international media flock to Montevideo to cover the story.


Aidan Kehoe said...

It's not the same word as the name of the river, the battleship was the Graf Spee (roughly pronounced "spay").

Ted Leddy said...


Thanks for the clarification