Wednesday, January 6, 2010

70 Years Ago Today 6/01/40

Finland: Two Finnish fighter air craft shoot down seven Soviet bombers north of Helsinki.

Moscow: General Semyon Konstantinovich Timoshenko is appointed commander of Soviet forces in the Finnish war. He is tasked with turning around Russia's disastrous opening to the war. It is believed that 50,000 Red Army soldiers have perished since the war began five weeks ago.

Dublin: Taoiseach Eamon De Velera is calling for new powers to crack down on the IRA. On this day 70 years ago a Bill appeared before the Dail which would allow the authorities to arrest and detain suspects without trial. Under pressure from the British who have been angered at several recent IRA bombs in English cities De Velera was forced to act. This became particularly apparent after the December 23rd IRA raid on the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix park in which more than a million rounds of ammunition were stolen. This has led to the biggest security operation in the 26 counties since the 1922/23 Irish Civil War. It has also led to the virtual closure of the border with Northern Ireland where the Protestant government in Stormount clearly feel that a renewed republican campaign may be about to get underway.

No comments: