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The Times Crossword – February 1940

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      The Times Crossword        The War Years – Chronology

      The War Years Collection – 1940

      Sources: The Times Atlas of  The Second World War – Edited by John Keegan

                         The Times Archive

      January 1 Russian offensive against Finns.

      January 4 Goering takes control of German war production.

      January 8 Butter, bacon and sugar rationed in Great Britain.

      January 8-12 Finnish successes in Karelian Isthmus.

      January 14 Belgium refuses Allied request to pass through her territory.

      January Allied shipping losses: 73 ships of 214,500 tons.

      February 1 Russians attack in Karelia.

      February 1-28 British Ultra team breaks Enigma Code.

      February 11 German-Soviet economic pact.

      February 12 Finnish defences crack. Australian and New Zealand troops land at Suez.

      February 14 British arm merchant ships in North Sea.

      February 15 Germany announces that she will treat the British merchant ships as war ships.

      February 15-16 Altmark (German tanker) incident – Jøssingfjord, Norway in technically neutral waters. Comment: This tanker had captive in her hold, 299 British survivors from merchant ships, the honourable Captain of the Admiral Graf Spee had sunk in the southern oceans, but spared and transferred to the Captain of Altmark as POWS bound for Germany. The Captain of the Altmark did not declare his British cargo to the Norwegian authorities. Churchill got wind, via RAF reconnaissance and ordered the boarding of the Altmark by HMS Cossack, albeit with reasonable force. On boarding, there was a scuffle with firearms and hand-to-hand. 8 German seamen dead, 10 wounded. 1 Royal Navy sailor and 1 Norwegian sailor seriously wounded. 299 former prisoners gratefully released and taken aboard HMS Cossack. The Captain of the Norwegian Navy vessel lodged no protest. Altmark was permitted to proceed minus its undeclared manifest. There were subsequent protests lodged by both the German and Norwegian authorities about breaches of International Law but this was becoming commonplace – DA

      February 17 Finns retreat.

      February 27 Churchill claims half of German U-boat fleet destroyed. Comment: the actual figures do not bear this out – DA

      February Allied shipping losses: 226,900 tons, 45 ships of 169,500 tons to U-boats.

      March 1 French government offers to purchase ‘heavy water’ from Norway.

      March 5-12 Finns negotiate with the Russians.

      March 10 Exiled German scientists produce atom plans in Britain.

      March 11 Meat rationing begins in Great Britain.

      March 13 Treaty of Moscow ends the ‘Winter War’.

      March 18 Hitler and Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass.

      March 19 RAF bomb installations at Hörnum.

      March 29 Molotov announces Soviet neutrality.

      March 31 First German armed merchant ship Atlantis begins cruise.

      March U-boat losses (3) and redeployment reduces shipping losses to 45.

      April 2 German planes raid Scapa Flow. RAF takes decision to conduct bombing operations at night.

      April 7 Allied forces sail for Norway.

      April 9 Germans occupy Denmark, invade Norway.

      April 10-13 Two battles at Narvik, RN sinks German destroyer force (10)

      April 16-19 Allied landings near Namsos; British are driven back.

      April 27 Men aged 26 registered for military service in Great Britain.

      April 30 King Haakon of Norway evacuated.

      April Allied shipping losses: 58 of 158,200 tons. U-boats sink 7 ships and lose 5 in Norwegian campaign.

      May 1 Norway surrenders.

      May 2 Allies evacuate Namsos.

      May 5 Norwegian government in exile set up in London.

      May 8 Timoshenko becomes Soviet defence Commisar.

      May 10 Chamberlain resigns; Churchill new Prime Minister. Germany attacks Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

      May 11 Rapid German advances. Fort Eben Emael taken by airborne assault.

      May 13 Allied landings near Narvik.

      May 14 German air raid on Rotterdam.

      May 15 Holland capitulates; government in exile set up in London. German forces cross R. Meuse.

      May 16 British Admiralty closes Mediterranean to merchant shipping.

      May 18 Antwerp captured.

      May 20 Somme battle; German forces reach the Channel.

      May 26 Dunkirk evacuation begins.

      May 27 Belgian army capitulates.

      May 28 Allies take Narvik.

      May 29 German-Rumanian arms and oil pact.

      May 31 Roosevelt’s ‘Million-Dollar’ defence programme.

      May Allied shipping losses: 101 ships of 288,400 tons. U-boats sink 13 of 55,500.

      June 3 Dunkirk evacuation ends; 350,000 rescued.

      June 4 Germans take 40,000 prisoners at Dunkirk.

      June 4-8 Allies evacuate Norway.

      June 10 Norway capitulates. Italy declares war on Britain and France.

      June 11-29 Italian air raids on Malta.

      June 14 Germans enter Paris.

      June 16 Reynaud resigns; Marshal Pétain forms new French government.

      June 18 Russians begin to occupy Baltic states. British gold carrier Aliagara sunk off Auckland, New Zealand.

      June 20 France allows Japanese military mission into northern Indo-China.

      June 22 Franco-German Armistice signed (effective 25th) at Compiègne.

      June 23 First British Commando raid on Boulogne.

      June 24 France closes Indo-Chinese frontier.

      June 28 Britain recognises General de Gaulle as Free French leader. Russians occupy Bessarabia and Bukovina.

      June 30 Germans occupy Guernsey.

      June Allied shipping losses: 140 ships of 585,500 tons, many in association with the Dunkirk evacuation. 58 ships of 284,100 tons to U-boats.

      July 5 U-boats extend campaign in Atlantic. Rumania establishes closer links with Axis.

      July 10 Battle of Britain begins. Luftwaffe attack Channel convoys.

      July 11 Pétain becomes head of French State.

      July 14 Russia absorbs Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

      July 16 Prince Konoye becomes Japanese Prime Minister.

      July 17 All Atlantic convoys routed north of Ireland.

      July 18 Britain closes Burma Road.

      July 19 Roosevelt signs ‘Two Navy Expansion Act’.

      July 21 Czech government in exile set up in London.

      July 27 Arrest of British subjects in Japan.

      July 30 French North African and Syrian armies demobilized.

      July Allied shipping losses: 105 ships, 38 to U-boats; beginning of the ‘Happy Time’ for U-boats (23 in training).

      August 1 Japanese establish New Order in Far East.

      August 3-19 Italy occupies British Somaliland.

      August 9 Britain agrees to withdraw troops from Shanghai and north China.

      August 12 Portsmouth heavily bombed.

      August 13 Eagle Day of Battle of Britain.

      August 15 Mass daylight raids over England.

      August 16 U-51 sunk by depth charge from plane.

      August 17 Hitler declares blockade of British Isles.

      August 19 Hitler’s peace terms rejected by Great Britain.

      August 25 First RAF raid on Berlin.

      August Allied shipping losses: 397,200 tons. 256 ships of 267,600 tons to U-boats.

      September 3 Hitler plans invasion of Britain – Operation Sea Lion (for 21st). Britain receives 50 US destroyers in return for granting US leases on naval bases on Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad, British Guiana and Newfoundland.

      September 4-15 General Antonescu organizes coup in Rumania.

      September 7 Battle of London – ‘The Blitz’ begins.

      September 13 Italians invade Egypt, take Sollum. Japanese Zero fighters have great success in first action.

      September 15 Battle of Britain Sunday.

      September 16 US Conscription Bill passed.

      September 17 Hitler postpones Operation Sea Lion.

      September 20-22 U-boat Wolf Packs attack Convoy HX-72 sinking 12 ships of 78,000 tons.

      September 22 Japanese forces enter Indo-China.

      September 23-25 Abortive Gaullist coup at Daktar.

      September 25 Quisling government in Norway.

      September 26 US bans iron exports to Japan.

      September 27 Germany, Italy and Japan sign Tripartite (Axis) Pact.

      September 29 ‘Mother and Child’ evacuation; 500,000 leave London.

      September Allied shipping losses: 100 ships of 448,600 tons, 59 to U-boats.

      October 1 Japanese occupy Weihaiwei.

      October 7 Germans enter Rumania.

      October 8 Churchill announces re-opening of Burma Road.

      October 12 Hitler postpones Sea Lion until Spring 1941.

      October 15 400-bomber raid on London.

      October 17-19 Convoy SC-7 loses 21 of 30 ships to U-boats.

      October 18 Japanese bomb Burma Road.

      October 19-20 Convoy HX-79 loses 12 of 49 ships to U-boats.

      October 20 Hungary signs Tripartite Pact.

      October 22 Slovakia joins Pact; first deportation of Jews from Alsace-Lorraine and Rhineland to Poland.

      October 28 Italians invade Greece.

      October 29 British troops sail for Crete.

      October Allied shipping losses: 103 ships of 443,000 tons, 352,400 to U-boats.

      November 1 Jews forbidden to leave walled Warsaw ghetto.

      November 5 Roosevelt re-elected US President for fourth term.

      November 7 RAF raids Krupp works in Essen.

      November 11-12 Taranto Raid; Fleet Air Arm cripples Italian Fleet.

      November 14 Coventry bombing opens night Blitz – Germans use Knickebein radar for greater accuracy. Greeks throw Italians back into Albania.

      November 15 US flying boats begin patrols from Bermuda.

      November 18-19 Sunderland flying boat detects U-boat using ASVI radar for the first time.

      November 19 Heavy bombing of Birmingham.

      November 22 Greeks defeat Italian 9th Army.

      November 28 300 planes bomb Liverpool.

      November 29 Draft plan for German Eastern campaign.

      November 30 Japanese and Nanking governments sign treaty.

      November Allied shipping losses: 97 ships of 385,000 tons, 32 to U-boats.

      December 6 Badoglio resigns. Cavallo becomes Italian Commander-in-Chief.

      December 8 400 plane fire raid on London.

      December 9 British Western desert offensive Operation Compass.

      December 11 British capture Sidi Barrani.

      December 17 British reoccupy Sollum.

      December 18 Secret Hitler memo on Operation Barbarossa.

      December 20 Heavy raid on Liverpool.

      December 23 Eden becomes Foreign Secretary. Lord Halifax Ambassador in Washington.

      December 25 Admiral Hipper driven off troop convoy.

      December 29 Worst fire raid on London to date.

      December Allied shipping losses: 82, of which U-boats only sink 37 owing to bad weather. Year total: 1,059 ships of 4,055,706 tons.