January 1940

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Axis Jan-40 Allied Neutral
Germany Total Class Total Great Britain France Canada Australia New Zealand Poland USA Japan Italy Soviet Union Argentina
3 3 Battleship 16 14 2 0 0 0 0 15 10 2 3 2
0 0 Fleet Carrier 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 0 0 0
0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2 2 Heavy Cruiser 15 9 4 0 2 0 0 19 16 7 4 4
3 3 Light Cruiser 56 41 9 0 4 2 0 19 19 13 3 1
34 34 Destroyer 267 181 60 15 6 0 5 161 106 82 53 16
50 50 Submarine 123 54 68 0 0 0 1 87 53 92 207 3
0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
9 9 Escorts 138 107 21 6 4 0 0 0 15 32 18 1
8 8 Other 55 44 3 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4

 

Neutral
Class BrazilChileColumbia PeruNetherlandsNorway Denmark SwedenPortugal Spain Yugoslavia GreeceTurkey RomaniaThailand
Battleship 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruiser 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 0 0
Light Cruiser 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
Destroyer 7 8 2 2 7 2 0 16 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 4 9 0 4 20 0 8 16 3 4 4 6 8 1 4
Escort Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 4

 

Monday 01 January 1940
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Tuesday 02 January 1940
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Soviet Union S 002 Submarine Lost Mined by Swedish mine off Marked Island in Swedish territorial waters during Winter War, 50 dead 02/01/1940  
 
Military

Winter War: Soviet offensive halted by Finnish forces

 
Wednesday 03 January 1940
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Thursday 04 January 1940
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Other

World Welterweight Boxing Title Henry Armstrong (USA) beat Joe Ghnouly (USA) Ko 5, Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis.

 
Friday 05 January 1940
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Saturday 06 January 1940
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Sunday 07 January 1940
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Great Britain Seahorse Submarine Lost Depth charged by German anti-submarine trawlers NW of Heligoland, 39 dead, 54.19N 07.30E 07/01/1940
Great Britain Undine Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges from German warships M-1201, M 1204 & M-1207, 20 miles SW of Heligoland Island, boat surfaced & was scuttled by her crew, 54.05N 07.24E 07/01/1940
 
Politics

Rationing of basic foodstuffs established in the United Kingdom

Monday 08 January 1940
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Politics

British Government start rationing of butter, bacon, ham and sugar

Military

Winter War: Finnish victory in the Battle of Suomussalmi

Tuesday 09 January 1940
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Great Britain Starfish Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges from German minesweepers & anti-submarine trawlers, off Heligoland Bight, boat forced to surface & scuttled by her crew, 55.00N 07.10E 09/01/1940  
 
Wednesday 10 January 1940
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Military

The Mechelen Incident: German plane crashes in Mechelen, Belgium with plans for the invasion of Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Plan was partly destroyed, but the Germans decided to changed their plans for invasion

 
Thursday 11 January 1940
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Romania Locotenant Lepri Remus Sloop Lost Mined off Danube Estuary off Sulina, in the Black Sea. Mine had been Romanian warship Aurora the day before it's sinking 11/01/1940  
 
Friday 12 January 1940
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Other

European & Italian Flyweight Boxing Title Enrico Urbinati (Italy) beat Gavino Matta (Italy) Rtd 11, Circo Massimo, Rome.

 
Saturday 13 January 1940
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Sunday 14 January 1940
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Monday 15 January 1940
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Tuesday 16 January 1940
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Wednesday 17 January 1940
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Great Britain Keppel Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with French warship Jaguar, whilst in convoy to Gibraltar. Ship suffered serious structural damage 17/01/1940. Arrived for repair Gibraltar 25/01/1940  
 
Thursday 18 January 1940
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Great Britain Grenville Destroyer Lost Mined by German mine 23 miles E of Kentish Knock, in the North Sea, 77 dead, 51.39N 02.17E 18/01/1940  
 
Friday 19 January 1940
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Saturday 20 January 1940
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Sunday 21 January 1940
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Great Britain Exmouth Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-22, NE of Tarbat Ness in the Moray Forth, ship sank stern first, 189 dead 21/01/1940  
 
Monday 22 January 1940
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Tuesday 23 January 1940
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Wednesday 24 January 1940
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Yogoslavia Ljubljana Destroyer Lost Damaged when run aground on reef off the port of Sibenik. Ship sank from breach in her port side. Attempts to get her into port failed and she sank in shallow waters, 1 dead 24/01/1940. Ship raised and repaired at Kotor. Captain arrested. Captured by Italians whilst still under repair at Kotor 17/04/1941
 
Military

Hermann Goring appoints Reinhard Heydrich to plan for a final solution to the 'Jewish Question'. Reinhard Heydrich was Director of the Reich Main Security Office, Chief of German Police and head of the SS

Other

World Welterweight Boxing Title Henry Armstrong (USA) beat Pedro Montanez (Puerto Rico) Ko 9, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Thursday 25 January 1940
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Friday 26 January 1940
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Saturday 27 January 1940
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Military

Germany finalises plans to invade Denmark and Norway

 
Other

German Heavyweight Boxing Title Walter Neusel (Germany) beat Paul Wallner (Germany) Pts 12, Sportpalast Schoeeberg, Berlin.

Sunday 28 January 1940
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Other

Football International: France 3-2 Portugal, Colombes, Paris

 
Monday 29 January 1940
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Tuesday 30 January 1940
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Great Britain Sheffield Light Cruiser Damaged Damaged in rough weather in the North Atlantic, one man lost overboard, 1 dead 30/01/1940
Germany U-15 Submarine Lost Rammed in error by German MTB Iltis, in the North Sea, 0 survivors 25 dead 30/01/1940
Germany U-55 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charge attack from British warships Whitshed & Fowey. Boat could not dive because of exhausted batteries. Later spotted & bombed by British RN Sunderland aircraft. Boat was then attacked by British warship Valmy & French warship Guepard who closed in & opened fire. Boat was scuttled by crew, SW of the Scilly Island, 1 dead, 41 survivors captured 48.37N 07.48W 30/01/1940
 
Wednesday 31 January 1940
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Great Britain Ajax Light Cruiser Damaged Withdrawn for repair of battle damage after the Battle of the River Plate 31/01/1940