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10 Mar 1940
  • German Foreign Minister Ribbentrop met with Mussolini in Italy, informing him Hitler's wish to invade France and lobbied for him to conduct a joint-invasion. Mussolini promise to join Germany, but only when he felt Italy was ready. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Repair ship Akashi was commissioned into service with Captain Shutoku Miyazato in command. ww2dbase [Akashi | CPC]
  • Zang Xilan graduated from advanced flight training in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. ww2dbase [Zang Xilan | Kunming, Yunnan | CPC]
  • Captain Gunji Kogure was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
  • Noted Russian writer and playwright, Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940), whose work Joseph Stalin liked but would not allow to be staged or read, passed away. When Bulgakov's play about Stalin's early life was turned down in 1939, he became ill and depressed, and died less than a year later. His crowning achievement, the novel The Master and Margarita, was not published until 1968. ww2dbase [AC]
United Kingdom
  • HMS York disembarked 39 German sailors captured from merchant ship Arucas on 3 Mar at Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [York | Kirkwall, Scotland | HM]
Photo(s) dated 10 Mar 1940
Finnish coastal defense ship Ilmarinen anchored at Turku harbor, Finland, 10 Mar 1940Battleship Kirishima at Kure, Japan, 10 Mar 1940Adolf Hitler at Memorial Day celebration with Wilhelm Keitel, Walther von Brauchitsch, Erich Raeder, and Hermann Göring (behind Hitler), Berlin, Germany, 10 Mar 1940

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