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28 Jan 1940
  • German submarine U-34 torpedoed Greek merchant ships Eleni Stathatou 100 miles off of Brest, France at 0252 hours. With Eleni Stathatou keeping afloat, U-34 remained to observe. At 0421 hours, after observing that the Greek ship was now moving once again, U-34 fired her last torpedo and sank the ship, killing 12. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet artillery continued to bombard Poppius, Million, and other forts along the Finnish defensive Mannerheim Line on the Karelian Isthmus. Meanwhile, Finnish troops eliminate Soviet forces trapped in the Pieni-Kelivaara pocket on the north shore of Lake Lagoda, capturing 2 field guns, 2 anti-tank guns, 9 mortars, 9 machine guns, and 100 rifles. ww2dbase [The Winter War | CPC]
  • Chinese troops captured Lucheng, Shanxi Province, China. ww2dbase [Winter Offensive | CPC]
  • Japanese 26th Division attacked Wuyuan, Suiyuan Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Wuyuan | CPC]
  • USS Helena departed Buenos Aires, Argentina. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | CPC]
Portugal
  • German submarine U-44 torpedoed and sank Greek coal carrier Flora off 20 miles off Portugal at 2000 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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