February 1940

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Axis Feb-40 Allied Neutral
Germany TotalClass Total Great Britain France Canada Australia New ZealandPoland USA Japan Italy Soviet Union Argentina
4 4 Battleship 16 11 5 0 0 0 0 15 10 2 2 2
0 0 Fleet Carrier 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 0
0 0 Light Carrier 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2 2 Heavy Cruiser 21 12 7 0 2 0 0 19 17 7 2 2
3 3 Light Cruiser 54 37 11 0 4 2 0 19 19 14 3 1
39 39 Destroyer 253 170 68 7 5 0 3 181 114 96 50 16
53 53 Submarine 138 58 78 0 0 0 2 60 53 102 178 3
0 0 Escort Carrier 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
9 9 Escorts 75 45 28 0 2 0 0 0 9 36 18 1
6 6 Other 58 52 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

 

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 1 0 0 0
Destroyer 7 8 2 2 8 10 6 15 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarine 4 9 0 4 22 9 8 16 3 4 4 6 7 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 4

 

Thursday 01 February 1940
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Germany Admiral Scheer Pocket-Battleship Withdrew Refit after trouble with her diesel engines at Wilhelmshaven 01/02/1940  
 
Politics

Japanese Government announces a record-high budget with over half of the expenditures being on the military

Other

British & British Empire Featherweight Boxing Title Nelson Tarleton (GB) beat Johnny Cusick (GB) Pts 15, Liverpool Stadium, Liverpool.

Friday 02 February 1940
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Great Britain Suffolk Heavy Cruiser Damaged Damaged in collision with merchant ship SS Misram, in the north-western approaches to the British Isles 02/02/1940  
Saturday 03 February 1940
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Sunday 04 February 1940
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Monday 05 February 1940
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Germany U-41 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Antelope S of Ireland 49.20N 10.04E 49 dead 0 survivors 05/02/1940  
News IRA S-Plan: Widespread demonstrations against the execution by hanging of two of the Coventry IRA bombers of 25/08/1939  
Tuesday 06 February 1940
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News IRA S-Plan: Bomb explosions in mailbags in protest the planned executions of IRA bombers James Richards and Peter Barnes. Two bombs in Euston Railway Station, London and one each at the GPO (General Post Office), Hill Street, Birmingham and GPO, Newton Street, Manchester. 6 injured  
Wednesday 07 February 1940
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News IRA S-Plan: Execution by hanging of James Richards and Peter Barnes two of the Coventry IRA bombers of 25/08/1939  
Thursday 08 February 1940
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Friday 09 February 1940
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Other

World Heavyweight Boxing Title Joe Louis (USA) beat Arturo Godoy (Chile) pts 15, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Saturday 10 February 1940
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Politics

The Soviet Union agrees to supply grain and raw materials to Germany in a new trade treaty

 
Other

 

 
Sunday 11 February 1940
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Monday 12 February 1940
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Germany U-33 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charges from British warship Gleaner, in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, boat surfaced & scuttled by crew, parts of an Enigma encryption machine captured, 25 dead, 17 survivors captured 55.25N 05.07W 12/02/1940  
Tuesday 13 February 1940
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Wednesday 14 February 1940
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News

IRA S-Plan: Two bomb explosions in Birmingham. One at Rifle Crescent, Aston, Birmingham and another at a shop at the corner of Corporation Street and Bull Street, Birmingham. 1 injury. Three other bombs found and defused.

 
Thursday 15 February 1940
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Naval

German Government announces unrestricted submarine warfare, suspending the prize rules of the 1909 London Declaration

 
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Military

Winter War: Soviet Red Army captures Summa, Finland

 
Friday 16 February 1940
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Naval

Altmark Incident: British warship Cossack forcibly removes 303 British POWs from German transport ship Altmark in Norwegian territorial waters

Altmark
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Other

International football: Argentina 3-1 Paraguay, Estadio Gasómetro, Buenos Aires

 
Saturday 17 February 1940
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Sunday 18 February 1940
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Great Britain Daring Destroyer Lost Torpedoed by German submarine U-23, 40 miles off Duncansby Head, in the North Sea,157 dead, 15 survivors 58.39N 01.10W 18/02/1940  
 
Other

International Football: Brazil 2-2 Argentina, Estádio Alfredo Schürig, Sao Paulo

 
Monday 19 February 1940
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Tuesday 20 February 1940
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Germany U-54 Submarine Lost Missing in the North Sea, position unknown, mined? 41 dead, 0 survivors 20/02/1940  
Wednesday 21 February 1940
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Thursday 22 February 1940
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Great Britain Glowworm Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Rex when at anchor in fog off Outer Dowsing, causing serious structural damage 22/02/1940
Germany Z 01 Leberecht Maass Destroyer Lost Mined in British minefield whilst avoiding bomb attack in error by German Heinkel III aircraft in the North Sea, NW of Borkum 282 dead 22/02/1940
Germany Z 03 Maz Schultz Destroyer Lost Mined in British minefield whilst avoiding bomb attack in error by German Heinkel III aircraft in the North Sea, NW of Borkum 308 dead 22/02/1940
Friday 23 February 1940
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New Zealand Achilles Light Cruiser Damaged Withdrawn for repair at Auckland to battle damage received during the Battle of the River Plate 23/02/1940
Germany U-53 Submarine Lost Depth charged by British warship Gurkha, in the North Sea in the mid-Orkneys, 42 dead, 0 survivors 60.32N, 06.14W, 23/02/1940  
 
News IRA S-Plan: British Government reported it has expelled 119 from Great Britain under its Temporary Provisions legislation  
Other

International football: Argentina 4-0 Paraguay, Estadio Gasómetro, Buenos Aires

 
Saturday 24 February 1940
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Sunday 25 February 1940
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Germany U-63 Submarine Lost Damaged by depth charge attack from British warships Escort, Inglefield, Imogen after being spotted on the surface by British submarine Narwhal 1 dead, 24 survivors captured S of Shetlands 58.40N 00.10W 25/02/1940  
 
Other

International football: Brazil 0-3 Argentina, Estádio Alfredo Schürig, Sao Paulo

International football: El Salvador 2-3 Costa Rica, Estadio Nacional,San Salvador

 
Monday 26 February 1940
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Other

Australian & British Empire Middleweight Boxing Title Ron Richards (Aus) beat Fred Henneberry (Aus) Disq 11, Sydney Stadium, Sydney

 
Tuesday 27 February 1940
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Wednesday 28 February 1940
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Great Britain Jackal Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Storfors, which sank, in the North Sea, sustaining serious damage to her bows 28/02/1940  
Thursday 29 February 1940
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Great Britain Imperial Destroyer Damaged Damaged in collision with Swedish merchant ship Nordia, NW of Bergen, in the North Sea. Her bow section was badly damaged & speed limited to 12 knots, 61.12N 03.08E 29/02/1940