Diary for Friday, February 16, 1940:
Atlantic: RESCUE FROM THE ALTMARK. Boarding party from destroyer HMS Cossack rescue 299 British merchant navy personnel from German supply ship Altmark (formerly attached to Admiral Graf Spee) in Joessing Fjord, Southwest Norway; seven German sailors killed. Norway protests British violation of her neutrality, on February 17, and proposes international arbitration, February 25).
Sweden refuses Finnish appeal for right of passage of foreign troops and direct military assistance.