Monday, February 15, 2010

70 Years Ago Today 15/02/40

Finland: The vicious winter war is beginning to turn in favour of the Soviets as the Finnish Army struggle to cope with massive reinforcements sent by the regrouping Red Army. On this day 70 years ago the Finnish town of Summa falls to the Red Army forcing the Finns to retreat to the second line of the Mannerheim Line
defences.

London: The admiralty announces the sinking of two more German U Boats in the Atlantic.

Copenhagen: Representatives from the Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish governments have met to discuss the ongoing naval crisis which has seen merchant ships from neutral countries traveling to Britain, targeted by German U Boats. The previous day a Danish merchant ship was sunk in the English channel. This policy follows a direct order from Hitler who has ordered all U Boat commanders to " take the gloves off" in the battle to stop essential supplies of food and war materials from reaching Britain.

In February 1940, the Battle of the Atlantic rages. It will arguably prove to be the most important theatre of the whole war.

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