24 Dec 1939

Finland
  • Finnish Army Group Talvela pushed Soviet 75th and 139th Divisions back across the Russian border. Meanwhile, Soviet 163rd Division tried unsuccessfully to break out of Suomussalmi, Finland; the Soviet 44th Division failed to move in to provide support for the 163rd Division. ww2dbase [The Winter War | CPC]
Vatican City
  • Pope Pius XII made a Christmas Eve appeal for peace. ww2dbase [Pius XII | TH]
Photo(s) dated 24 Dec 1939
Soviet T-26 light tanks in Finland, 1939Finnish Army Lieutenant Aarne Juutilainen and his company holding a Christmas service near the Kollaa River, Finland, 24 Dec 1939Finnish-American volunteer fighters arriving in Finland aboard passenger ship Gripsholm, 24 Dec 1939

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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"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935