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