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17th December 1939

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Events On This Day

Mr Chamberlain continued his tour of the British area in France.

Admiral Graf Spee Battleship
Scuttled 17 December 1939

The crew of the Admiral Graf Spee had been taken off and put aboard the German tanker Tacoma.

It was reported that there had been an increase in activity of German reconnaissance parties on the Western front, and that British troops in the Maginot line had suffered their first casualties.

Luftwaffe aircraft appeared at several points off the British coast Anti-aircraft guns opened fire in the Humber district and fighters were seen to engage the enemy.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out further raids on German seaplane bases of Norderney and Sylt.

Finns standing fast on two fronts, Karelian Isthmus and central waistline area.

First contingent of Canadian forces landed in Britain.

The British motor ship, Serenity and trawler New Choice was sunk off the east coast by bombs and machine gun fire from Luftwaffe planes. British aircraft managed to drive of the raiders.

The British Admiralty announced that five officers and 56 ratings of HMS Exeter, were killed in action on 13 December 1939. Commodore Harwood, who was in command of the British action against Admiral Graf Spee awarded KCB and promoted to rear Admiral. The captains of HMS Ajax, HMS Achilles, and HMS Exeter, appointed CB. Battlecruiser HMS Renown and aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal arrived at Río de Janeiro.

Moscow issued long and abusive reply to the League of Nations resolution expelling Russia.

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