Calendar and Summary for February 1940  
 
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  Summary of Significant Events for February 1940  
   
  The Soviet Union began a new offensive against the Mannerheim Line in Finland.  The Japanese Diet announced a record high budget with over half its expenditures being devoted to the military.  The Japanese demanded the return of the German nationals removed from the Japanese liner SS Asama Maru. The Allied Supreme War Council, meeting in Paris, made a final decision to send a British expeditionary corps of 100,000 and a French force of 50,000 men, to Finland. It was also decided that in sending an expeditionary force to Finland, the Swedish iron ore mines should be occupied by troops landed at Narvik, Norway.  Pressure from the Admiralty led to new guidelines for BBC war reporting being agreed at Broadcasting House.  Disregarding security concerns, British and French newspapers published the Allied Supreme War Council’s decision to send aid to Finland.  Friedrich Ubelhor, the governor of the Kalisz-Lodz District, issued the order to establish the Lodz ghetto.  Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to a new trade treaty to provide 660 million Reichmarks worth of raw materials within 18 months to be paid for within 27 months by German supplies.  Using overwhelming numbers, the Soviet Army breakthrough achieved a breakthrough in the Mannerheim Line as breaches were made in both flanks at Lake Ladoga and the Gulf of Finland.  Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the United Kingdom's Home Department Osbert Peake stated that “a general licence has been granted to British subjects to enlist in the Finnish forces."  Finnish Commander-in-Chief Carl G. E. Mannerheim decided to abandon the Mannerheim Line and pulled Finnish troops back to the the “V-line.”  The German tanker Altmark was boarded and captured in Norwegian waters freeing 299 British prisoners.  The basics of the revised version of "Fall Gelb” (Case Yellow) was described to German Chancellor Adolph Hitler by General Erich von Manstein.  General Nikolaus von Falkenhorst was placed in command of the Operation Weserübung ("Exercise on the Weser"), the invasion of Norway and Denmark.  Without informing the Luftwaffe, the Kriegsmarine conducted Operation Wikinger and two destroyers were mistakenly sunk.  Finland's Foreign Minister Väinö Tanner received a communication from Stockholm containing a precise statement of the Soviet Union's harsh terms for peace.  The Air Defense Command was created by the War Department as the Air Defense Command. As a component of the U.S. First Army, its mission was to plan for and execute the air defense of the continental United States.  51 ships (185,405 tons) were sunk and 3 ships (21,114 tons) were damaged by U-boats and mines.  
   
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