The Gathering of Storm:: Chapter 32 Before the Storm March 1940

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Scapa had been repaired in 6 months. The three main entrances were defended with booms and mines and three additional blockships has been placed in Kirk Sound, through which Prien’s U-boat had slipped to destroy the Royal Oak. 120 ack-ack guns with numerous searchlights and a bailoon barrage were added.

ack-ack batteries: Anti-Aircraft Battery, usually placed on the mouth of bays or near the port
ack-ack batteries: Anti-Aircraft Battery, usually placed on the mouth of bays or near the port

Despite brave defense of Finns, the Mannerheim line was breaching in fortnight’s fighting. By the end of the month, Russians were able to concentrate against the Gulf of Viipuri. The Finns were short of ammunition and their troops exhausted.

Churchill had always proposed more positive strike on Germany than mild and passive defense. He commented:

Good, decent, civilized people, it appeared, must never themselves strike till after they have been struck deed. In these days the fearful German volcano and all its subterranean fires drew near to their explosion-point. There were still months of pretended war.

The project of Royal Marine was once again brought with France. French government agreed on the important of the project and address the advantage of the plan.

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Despite all the discussion and preparation, this plan was never carried out.

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Various offensive proposals and devices Churchill put forward during the Twilight War. He is not very happy for it but that is what utmost he can do in his subordinate position.

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