14 Mar 1940
  • HMS Eagle suffered an accidental bomb explosion while off the Nicobar Islands, killing 14 and damaging many aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Finnish Parliament met and debated over the ratification of Moscow Peace Treaty. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first of the over 450,000 Finnish civilians in the territories ceded to Russia per the Moscow Peace Treaty began to move into Finland. Some of them burned their homes to the ground to leave as little to the conquerors as possible. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • According to Alfred Jodl's diary entry for this date, Adolf Hitler was actively searching for excuses that would justify the planned invasion of Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • Viktor Abakumov was promoted to the rank of State Security Major. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • First "bombe" decipher machine became operational at Bletchley Park in England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British Foreign Minister Lord Halifax began to ask Finland to return some of the supplies that the British had given to Finland for the Winter War. He retracted the request shortly after Finnish Ambassador to London G. A. Gripenberg reminded him that Finland had paid for the relatively small amount of goods that Britain offered. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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

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