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Diary January 20, 1940

Churchill as First Sea Lord
Winston Churchill broadcasts a speech as First Sea Lord.
Saturday, January 20, 1940

Politics

Britain: Churchill broadcasts appeal to neutral States to join Britain and France in resisting Nazi aggression. He compares their timid conduct with the crocodile’s victims – each hoping to be eaten last.
Dutch Foreign Minister rejects appeal, January 25.

Air War

Finland: Russian bombers start big fires in Turku and Hangö.

Western Front

Hitler reduces ‘alert period’ before implementation of Operation ‘Fall Gelb’ (the attack in the West) from 4 days to 24 hours for security reasons.

Home Fronts

Britain: London has its coldest day since 1881, with 11 °C (20° F) of frost.

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