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14 Mar 1940
  • The Finnish Parliament met and debated over the ratification of Moscow Peace Treaty. ww2dbase [The Winter War | CPC]
  • The first of the over 450,000 Finnish civilians in the territories ceded to Russia per the Moscow Peace Treaty began to move into Finland. Some of them burned their homes to the ground to leave as little to the conquerors as possible. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • According to Alfred Jodl's diary entry for this date, Adolf Hitler was actively searching for excuses that would justify the planned invasion of Norway. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
  • HMS Eagle suffered an accidental bomb explosion while off the Nicobar Islands, killing 14 and damaging many aircraft. ww2dbase [Eagle | CPC]
  • U-56 began her seventh patrol. ww2dbase [U-56 | CPC]
  • Viktor Abakumov was promoted to the rank of State Security Major. ww2dbase [Viktor Abakumov | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • First "bombe" decipher machine became operational at Bletchley Park in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Bletchley Park | Milton Keynes, England | CPC]
  • British Foreign Minister Lord Halifax began to ask Finland to return some of the supplies that the British had given to Finland for the Winter War. He retracted the request shortly after Finnish Ambassador to London G. A. Gripenberg reminded him that Finland had paid for the relatively small amount of goods that Britain offered. ww2dbase [Halifax | London, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1940
Soviet TB-3 heavy bomber captured by Finnish forces, Kuhmo-Sauna Lake, Kainuu, Finland, 14 Mar 1940Soviet TB-3 heavy bomber captured by Finnish forces, Kuhmo-Sauna Lake, Kainuu, Finland, 14 Mar 1940

14 Mar 1940 Interactive Map

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