Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
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posted on 01/09/2010 4:46:35 AM PST
("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
Day 41 of the Winter War, January 9, 1940
Northern Finland: another crushing Finnish victory is recorded in the north, this time at Suomussalmi. A second enemy division is destroyed as Finnish troops push onwards to the border.
Soviet assault fails in Ladoga Karelia
- Helsinki: President Kyösti Kallio holds a press conference for foreign journalists in the Presidential Palace. Among other matters raised, the President says that during the first month of the war the enemy has dropped approximately 4,000 bombs on about one hundred localities across Finland. These air raids have claimed the lives of 239 civilians.
- Northern Finland: another crushing Finnish victory is recorded in the north, this time at Suomussalmi. A second enemy division is destroyed as Finnish troops push onwards to the border.
- Ladoga Karelia: Soviet forces mount an unsuccessful assault to the north of Ruhtinaanmäki.
- Abroad: expressions of sympathy and support for Finland's struggle are pouring in from all over the world.
- In Paris, the French National Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union responds to the appeal by the Finnish Parliament and expresses its support for Finland.
- The Canadian Red Cross sends 50,000 dollars in aid to Finland.
- Herbert Hoover, the former US President, sends his fifth 100,000 dollar check to Finland.
- In response to the appeal by the League of Nations, Argentina sends 50,000 tonnes of grain to Finland with no fixed date for payment.
- The Nicaraguan Government launches a national appeal for aid for Finland.
- Moscow objects to Swedish protests over the sinking of the steamer Fenris.
posted on 01/09/2010 5:33:38 AM PST
(In order to dream of the future, we need to remember the past. - Bartov)
My father escaped from Hungary in 1956 and came to the US.
He tells me repeatedly that they were told of pledged help from Europe and the CIA if they rose up against the communists.
Of course, none of it came and they were crushed.
Pitchforks vs tanks.
posted on 01/09/2010 6:15:22 AM PST
by Erik Latranyi
(Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
I just did a search for that movie ‘The Sinking of the Graf Spee’, hoping it was on YouTube but came up empty. It’s gotta be around somewhere.
By the way, the “Representative Kennedy” from New York who opened the anti-lynching bill debate was Martin John Kennedy, no relation to the famous Kennedy family as far as I can tell.
Harry Bridges should have been shot. He was an NKVD asset.
posted on 01/09/2010 9:24:10 AM PST
("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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