23 Feb 1940
  • Sweden denied British and French troops passage across her borders with Finland. ww2dbase [TH]
  • In return for withdrawing from Petsamo, USSR demanded ceding of Karelian Isthmus and shores of Lake Ladoga, along with a 30-year lease on the Hangö Peninsula and a mutual assistance treaty. ww2dbase [The Winter War | TH]
  • The Imperial Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire, including relics of Christian mythology, were removed from public display in NĂĽrnberg, Germany. They were moved after dark to a secret location for safe storage. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British destroyer HMS Gurkha sank German submarine U-53 by depth charges 25 miles south of the Faroe Islands in the North Sea, killing the entire crew of 42. ww2dbase [North Sea | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The citizens of London, England, United Kingdom cheered the officers and men of HMS Exeter and HMS Ajax as they returned from South American waters. ww2dbase [Battle of the River Plate | London, England | 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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