4 Mar 1940
  • French steamer S.N.A.1 collided with British ship Thurston 30 miles north of Land's End in southwestern England at about 0000 hours. S.N.A.1 sank, with 30 survivors rescued by Thurston. At 0523 hours, however, German submarine U-29 sank Thurston, killing 64. 3 British and 1 French were subsequently rescued. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-29 sank British ship Pacific Reliance at 1239 hours, destroying the cargo of aircraft parts. The entire crew of 53 were rescued by British merchant ship Macville and delivered to Newlyn, Cornwall, England. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet and Finnish troops continued to fight near Viipuri, Finland, particularly near the Vuoksi River near Äyräpää church. ww2dbase [The Winter War | CPC]
  • The Chief Executive Officer of the American firm General Motors James Mooney, holder of the German Grand Cross of the German Eagle medal for his services to Germany, met with Adolf Hitler in an attempt to dissuade Hitler from escalating the war. ww2dbase [Adolf Hitler | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland transferred to 6th Cruiser Squadron and continued interception and trade defence duties. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • US Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles departed Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Berlin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Mar 1940
Soviet soldier in prone position with rifle and shield, Viipuri, Finland, 4 Mar 1940

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