Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 189 March 7, 1940

Finland. Fighting continues around Viipuri. Red Army breaks through the last defensive line in several places, threatening Finland’s second city. Juho Kusti Paasikivi returns to Moscow in defeat (having led the failed Dec 1939 territorial negotiations with Molotov & Stalin). Finnish Prime Minister Ryti, Paasikivi, Rudolf Walden & Väinö Voionmaa arrive in Moscow in the evening (via Stockholm) to discuss peace terms with the Soviets.

Britain detains 9 Italian ships carrying German coal through the English Channel from Rotterdam. They are held at The Downs, off Deal, Kent, while the British government decides what to do next. Four more colliers on their way from Rotterdam will also be impounded. Coal-starved Italy believes this is a crude attempt to force a ‘coal for arms’ deal with the British who are in need of weaponry.

Hitler allocates 8 divisions to the invasion of Norway and Denmark.

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