War Diary December 31, 1939

British convoy

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 31, 1939: Sea War Merchant shipping losses in December 1939: 72 Allied ships with 190,768 tons in Atlantic. 1 U-boat sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic. Shipping Losses 1939: Allied and Neutral: 225… learn more

War Diary December 30, 1939

German infantry company is marching behind the Siegfried Line

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 30, 1939: Finland Winter War: General Stern, formerly in command of Russian Far Eastern Army, to direct operations north of Lake Ladoga. learn more

War Diary December 29, 1939

Finnish ski-troops

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 29, 1939: Finland Winter War: 250 Finnish ‘suicide squad’ ski troops tear up vital Leningrad–Murmansk railway line at three points. learn more

War Diary December 28, 1939

Pilots and observers of a Ki-30 Chutai

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 28, 1939: China Repeated Japanese bombing raids on Lanchow, vital Chinese military supply base (northwest China). Finland Winter War: Russian High Command orders preparations for coordinated, step-by-step assault on Mannerheim Line. Sea War Atlantic:… learn more

War Diary December 27, 1939

British minesweepers

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 27, 1939: Sea War North Sea: Defensive minefield to be laid off British East Coast, from Moray Firth to Thames Estuary. Finland Winter War: Civilians evacuated from Viipuri. learn more

War Diary December 26, 1939

German relieve detachment Siegfried Line

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 26, 1939: Politics USA and twenty Latin American States issue joint protest against River Plate Battle infringement of Pan-American ‘Security Zone’ (rejected by Britain on January 15; by Germany, February 1, 1940). learn more

War Diary December 25, 1939

Christmas party of NSDAP officials

War Diary WW2 for Monday, December 25, 1939: Western Front Hitler on 3-day visit. Finland Winter War: On a cold Christmas Day (-30°C), Helsinki, Viipuri and over 30 other Finnish towns and villages bombed or strafed, railways also attacked. Finnish… learn more

War Diary December 24, 1939

meeting between German and Russian officers

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 24, 1939: Occupied countries Poland: Russo-German agreement re-establishes rail links between the two occupied zones. learn more

War Diary December 23, 1939

Russian infantry Karelian Isthmus

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 23, 1939: Finland Winter War: Finnish counterattack on Karelian Isthmus. Finns suffer 1,500 casualties and call off attack at nightfall; stalemate ensues. Neutrals Ireland: In Dublin, IRA gang steal Irish Army’s entire reserves of… learn more

War Diary December 22, 1939

Eduard Daladier

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 22, 1939: Home Fronts France: Chamber of Deputies votes credits of 304,000,000,000 Francs for the production of armaments in 1940. Prime Minister Daladier announces the strengthening of the Maginot Line and the completion of… learn more

War Diary December 21, 1939

Alsatian run over to the German lines

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 21, 1939: Politics Hitler sends greetings to Stalin on his 60th birthday. French government Yellow Book published, equivalent to British Blue Book (see September 21, 1939). learn more

War Diary December 20, 1939

Admiral Graf Spee burning

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 20, 1939: Secret War British expert examines radar equipment on board the wreck of German pocket-battleship Admiral Graf Spee. learn more

War Diary December 19, 1939

Seizure of Taxis for military

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 19, 1939: Politik Fourth meeting of Allied Supreme War Council in Paris. learn more

War Diary December 18, 1939

formation of early Mk I Wellington bombers

War Diary WW2 for Monday, December 18, 1939: Air War Battle of the Heligoland Bight: 50 Me 109s and Me 110s destroy 12 of 22 Wellington bombers despatched on armed reconnaissance to Wilhelmshaven. Four fighters destroyed. RAF Bomber Command abandoned… learn more

War Diary December 17, 1939

The wreck of the German pocket-battleship Admiral Graf Spee

War Diary WW2 for Sunday, December 17, 1939: Sea War Atlantic: ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE SCUTTLED in River Plate Estuary; her wreck burns for a week. Later the British bought the wreck to examine her radar. German aircraft bomb and strafe… learn more

War Diary December 16, 1939

Russian T-26TU tank

War Diary WW2 for Saturday, December 16, 1939: Finland Winter War – First Battle of Summa: waves of Russian infantry and tanks, with air support, attempt to overrun the Summa sector of the Mannerheim Line. Finns repel all attacks (the… learn more

War Diary December 15, 1939

remains of the Russian 44th motorized Infantry Division

War Diary WW2 for Friday, December 15, 1939: Finland Winter War – Battle of Suomussalmi: Finns destroy 163rd (Tula) Division and 44th motorized Division in the ‘Waist’. Russian losses: 6,000-plus killed, 1,800 PoWs, 54 guns, 97 tanks, 420 vehicles and… learn more

War Diary December 14, 1939

Finnish soldiers with reindeers

War Diary WW2 for Thursday, December 14, 1939: Finland Winter War: Russians launch new drive on Petsamo front (Arctic). Politics LEAGUE OF NATIONS EXPELS SOVIET UNION (RUSSIA). Sea War Atlantic: German liner Columbus (33,000 t.) leaves Vera Cruz (Mexico) for… learn more

War Diary December 13, 1939

Admiral Graf Spee enters Montevideo

War Diary WW2 for Wednesday, December 13, 1939: Sea War Atlantic – BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE: British cruisers Exeter and Ajax and NZ cruiser Achilles intercept pocket-battleship Admiral Graf Spee off Plate Estuary, South America. All ships are damaged:… learn more

War Diary December 12, 1939

Finnish 75mm mountain howitzer

War Diary WW2 for Tuesday, December 12, 1939: Finland Winter War – Battle of Tolvaajarvi: Finns destroy two divisions north of Lake Ladoga, killing 4,000 Russians, capturing 30 guns, 60 tanks and 600 PoWs (ends December 24). Battle of Kitela:… learn more