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24 Jan 1940
  • German submarine U-44 torpedoed and sank French cargo ship Alsacien 4 miles off of Lisbon, Portugul at 1140 hours, killing 4. The cargo to phosphate from Africa, destined for France, was lost. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Finnish Army Force Talvela and Soviet 8th Army exchanged attacks at Kolla in Finland, along the Aitto River. ww2dbase [The Winter War | CPC]
  • Chinese troops captured Dongyangguan Pass, Shanxi Province, China. ww2dbase [Winter Offensive | CPC]
  • A Czechoslovakian branch of the French Army was established. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-23 torpedoed and sank Norwegian cargo ship Varild in the North Sea at 1900 hours, killing the entire crew of 15. ww2dbase [U-23 | North Sea | CPC]

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