29 Jan 1940
  • Finnish Army 9th Division attacked the Soviet 54th Division starting at 0500 hours near the road junction at Kuhmo, Finland. Meanwhile, Soviets began negotiating with Finland by sending a note stating "Soviet Union has no objection in principle to a possible agreement with the Ryti government" to Sweden. ww2dbase [The Winter War | TH]
  • German aircraft attacked unarmed British lightship East Dudgeon; 7 crew membered died as their lifeboat capsized later. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-51 torpedoed and sunk Norwegian ship Eika, carring salt from Spain, at 1530 hours. 14 men were killed, while at 2 (Harald Støle and Alfred Johansen) were rescued by U-51 who would be delivered to Wilhelmshaven on 8 Feb 1940. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Helena arrived at Montevideo, Uruguay. ww2dbase [Helena (St. Louis-class) | CPC]
  • Germany renamed Reichsgau Posen, in occupied Poland, to Reichsgau Wartheland. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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