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22 Mar 1940
  • French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud named his predecessor Édouard Daladier as Minister of War despite their opposite political views. ww2dbase [Édouard Daladier | CPC]
  • Soviet military personnel began to arrive at the Hanko Peninsula in Finland, which had been leased by the Soviet Union as part of the Moscow Peace Treaty that ended the Winter War. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Royal Navy increased patrols in Norwegian waters. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British government was warned of the possibility of a German nuclear weapon. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chinese troops secured major roads leading into Wuyuan, Suiyuan Province, China. A small Japanese force was immediately deployed to counterattack, with more troops being transferred to reinforce the counteroffensive. ww2dbase [Battle of Wuyuan | CPC]
China
  • American gunboat USS Asheville arrived at Gulangyu island, an international zone, near Xiamen, China. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The first boats of the French 10th Submarine Flotilla, Sibylle, Antiope, and Amazone, arrived at Harwich on the east coast of England, United Kingdom together with their depot ship Jules Verne. The boats would reinforce the British Home Fleet. 5 more boats would arrive during the next 10 days plus some boats of the 2nd Submarine Flotilla. The Sibylle would be the first to go out on active war patrol. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | Harwich, England | HM]

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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935