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Diary February 29, 1940

 BT-5 tank column
A Russian BT-5 tank column in Finland,
Diary for Thursday, February 29, 1940:

Finland

Winter War: Battle of Viipuri begins. Russians make all-out effort to crush resistance in Karelian Isthmus by encircling city of Viipuri and reaching Viipuri-Helsinki highway (ends March 13).

Home Fronts

France: Paul Reynaud, Minister of Finance, broadcasts on dangers of runaway inflation (le cycle infernal). Government measures include a price freeze, stricter food rationing, petroleum rationing, revaluation of gold reserves and compulsory use of female labor.

Sea War

Merchant shipping losses in February 1940: 63 Allied ships with 226,920 tons in the Atlantic, 0 Allied ships with 0 tons elsewhere.
4 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic.

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