February 1940

Feb

10

1940

Germans confiscate Polish property for their "settlers"

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Poles were given a few hours to pack a single suitcase and told to leave their homes in good tidy order so that they would be presentable to the incoming German nationals.They were then packed off in open wagons to the General Government area. Possibly 12,000 Poles were simply shot. However there were only some 17,000 German nationals to replace them, many re-settled from the Baltic states now occupied by the Soviets. Gotenhafen, formerly an important port, became a ghost town.

Feb

8

1940

Measures to combat air attacks on Shipping

HMS Cairo, an Anti Aircraft Cruiser

Enemy air attacks on East Coast shipping were renewed on 3 February. … only one small Norwegian ship was actually sunk. Three convoys were attacked without success; the escorting vessels, which included H.M.S. Cairo (A.A.cruiser), engaged the enemy aircraft and drove them off. 3 Heinkels were shot down by our fighters and another was damaged.

Feb

7

1940

German newsreel footage of the attack on Shipping

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The German Luftwaffe draws the noose around England ever tighter. In only the last 11 days almost 150,000 tons of shipping have been sunk, and our pilots have had a large share of this success. At an aerodrome near the coast. Bombers are made ready for missions against England. 30 degrees below zero and strong winds over the North Sea as the aircraft fly towards the English coastline.

Feb

5

1940

Film of Finnish success at Suomussalmi

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British Movietone News from February 5th 1940.

Feb

3

1940

Townsend brings down first plane over England

A Hurricane aircraft scrambles

Peter Townsend was Squadron Leader with 43 Squadron, based at Acklington: On the morning of the 3rd of February, in a cutting wind, the other pilots in my flight and I, went for our Hurricanes dispersed on the far side of the airfield. Far away at Danby Beacon Radar Station, the duty operator picked up […]

Feb

2

1940

Soviet aircraft bomb Sortavala

The centre of Sortavala was destroyed on February 2nd 1940

Soviet forces stepped up their attacks on Finland during February. Over 20 people were killed when Sortavala was bombed, just one of many Finnish towns and cities attacked during this period. See heninen.net