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12 Jan 1940
  • German submarine U-23 torpedoed and sank Danish oil tanker Danmark off Orkney Islands Scotland at 0650 hours. Her crew of 40 escaped safely, but the 14,000 tons of fuel destined for the Allied war effort were lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hellmuth Felmy was relieved of command of Luftflotte 2 as the result of the Mechelen Incident. ww2dbase [Hellmuth Felmy | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jan 1940
Finnish ski troops in northern Finland, 12 Jan 1940

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