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10 Feb 1940
  • Soviet troops penetrated the Finnish defensive Mannerheim Line, crossing the Munasuo swamp into the Merkki sector. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Two wooden British ships HMS Salve and HMS Servitor successfully swept for magnetic mines on the sea bed, dragging a long charged electrical cable which detonated the mines in their wake. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-48 stopped Dutch steamer Burgerdijk, transporting grain from the United States to Rotterdam), inspected the cargo, and then sank the ship 40 miles from Land's End in southwestern England. The ship's crew, floating in lifeboats, were rescued by Dutch steamer Edam 12 hours later. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-37 torpedoed and sank Norwegian steamer Silja, transporting salt from Gibraltar to Bergen, southwest of Ireland at 2100 hours. All 16 men aboard were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Helena departed Santos, Brazil. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hiroshi Nemoto was named the chief of staff of the Japanese South China Area Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jews from Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland) and Stralsund in Pommern, Germany were deported to ghettos in Lublin, Poland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes completed a period of refitting in Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • In Washington DC, United States, President Franklin Roosevelt confronted a booing demonstration of 4,446 members of the American Youth Congress who had marched up Constitutional Avenue with banners condemning the prospect of the US being drawn into an imperialistic war. Angrily he told the demonstrators that American sympathy is overwhelmingly in support of Finnish efforts to stave off invasion, and warned them not to pass resolutions on subjects of which they have no complete knowledge. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]

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

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