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    14 January 1940:


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    Soviet air forces rain bombs down on 35 different Finnish towns and villages in an effort to prepare for a Winter assault.


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    SB-2 bombers over Helsinki, 30 November 1939


    “Targets were often small village depots of small value. Finland had only a few modern highways, so the railway systems were the main target for bombers. The rail tracks were cut thousands of times but were easily repaired, and the Finns usually had trains running in a matter of hours. The damage inflicted on Finnish targets was also diminished by poor navigation technique, and minimal bombing accuracy on the part of the Soviets”. — Wiki
     
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    The Comet escape line is compromised. Andrée de Jongh, leader of the Comet group, is arrested in Urrugne, Basque-country, France, near the Spanish border.

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    'safe house' where je Jongh is arrested.

    The Gestapo goes on to arrest other members of the escape route and service is interrupted; however, the escape route for downed aircrew will be revived.


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    Fake ID of Mlle 'Denise LaCroix'


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    Andrée de Jongh, 1946
     
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    Actress Carole Lombard dies “at the age of 33 on board TWA Flight 3 on Mount Potosi, Nevada, while returning from a war bond tour. Today, she is remembered as one of the definitive actresses of the screwball comedy genre and American comedy.” — wiki


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    “The CAB issued a final report with the following probable cause statement:


    Upon the basis of the foregoing findings and of the entire record available at this time, we find that the probable cause of the accident to aircraft NC 1946 on January 16, 1942, was the failure of the captain after departure from Las Vegas to follow the proper course by making use of the navigational facilities available to him.

    The CAB added the following contributing factors:

    1. The use of an erroneous compass course
    2. Blackout of most of the beacons in the neighborhood of the accident made necessary by the war emergency
    3. Failure of the pilot to comply with TWA's directive of July 17, 1941, issued in accordance with a suggestion from the Administrator of Civil Aeronautics requesting pilots to confine their flight movements to the actual on-course signals” — wiki

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    “The campaign to conquer Málaga began when the newly constituted [Nationalist] Army of the South under Queipo de Llano advanced from the west and [Nationalist] soldiers led by Colonel Antonio Muñoz Jiménez attacked from the northeast. Both attacks encountered little resistance and made advances of up to 15 miles in a week. The Republicans failed to realize that the Nationalists were concentrating for an attack on Málaga and thus they remained unreinforced and unprepared for the main attack on February 3.” — wiki

    The Nationalists will be assisted by the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie led by Colonel Mario Roatta.

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    At Bakri, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Anderson's Australian 2/19th Battalion and the Australian 2/29th Battalion fight’s the Japanese advance.

    “General Nishimura ordered his own three-pronged attack on Bakri. It was spearheaded by nine Type 95 Ha-Gō light tanks under Captain Shiegeo Gotanda. However, Captain Gotanda, inspired by the Japanese tank's success at Slim River, advanced without infantry against the 2/29th Battalion, and was wiped out.”


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    "In a repeat performance of the Australian gunners at Gemas, Lieutenant Bill McClure's two anti-tank guns (also from the 2/4th Australian Anti-Tank Regiment) destroyed all nine of Gotanda's tanks. Sergeant Clarrie Thornton, commanding the first gun received a Mention in Dispatches, and Sergeant Charles Parsons, commanding the second gun was awarded the DCM. Thornton's gun fired over seventy rounds during the engagement. Lieutenant Colonel John Robertson, commander of the 2/29th Battalion, was killed soon after, shot while retreating from an attack on a Japanese roadblock.”

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    “The ground at Agordat was a natural defensive position and the defences mostly blocked an advance from the south-west from Biscia and Barentu; the northern flank was barred by the bed of the Baraka river.[9] Two roads from Kassala ran to Agordat, a track to the north through Keru and Biscia, where the road improved and the Via Imperiale, a tarmac road through Tessenei, Aicota and Barentu. The roads joined at Agordat and went through Keren, the only route to Asmara.” — wiki


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    “On 19 Jan 1941, the Indian 4th and 5th Divisions of the Sudan force attacked Agordat under the field command of Major General Lewis Heath. The Indian 4th Division took the northern road via Keru and the Indian 5th Division the southern via Barentu.” — wiki


    The assault is led by Matildas of the 4th Royal Tanks Regiment.


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    “The Matilda tank, which caused much alarm to Rommel’s 7th Panzer Division during the invasion of France and the Low Countries in the spring of 1940, was soon to demonstrate its invulnerability to virtually every Italian gun in the Western Desert during Operation Compass. This infantry tank, thus, had a prominent effect on destroying the morale of the Italian infantry, artillery, and armored troops as the Matilda’s 2-pounder outclassed any Italian tank or antitank artillery gun.” — Britain's Matilda Tank Was One Weapon The Nazis Never Wanted To Fight, National Interest, Oct 13, 2019


    “8 Tp B Sqn 4 RTR (2/Lt J G McGeoch) led the road march, some 130 miles, to Agordat which they reached on 30 January 1941. Immediately they knocked out thirteen Italian tanks. Tpr Baker,One of the gunners, said “I saw one shot go right through three Italian tanks. Their armour was like tin.” — The History of the 4th and 7th Royal Tank Regiments


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