Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 25, 1940; MINES TAKE HEAVY TOLL


Norwegian Boat
Goes Down
In North Sea

Steamer Biarritz
Survivors, 19 of Them,
Are Rescued

AMSTERDAM, Jan. 25 (AP)—Twelve passenger's and 26 crewmen lost 1heir lives today when the 17;"i2-lon Norwegian steamer Biarritz struck a mine, and sank in 30 seconds in the North sea.
Rescue 19
The Norwegian steamer Borghohn rescued 12 passengers and . seven of the crew, bringing the survivors to Ijmuiden.

The Biarritz went down at 2 a. in. 30 miles northwest of Ijmuiden after a tremendous explosion, which the first officer said was due to a mine.

He said the fact that one lifeboat hung ready in the davits permitted the 19 survivors to get away. The Borgholm was nearby and rescued them.


Soviets Open Double-Pronged
Drive Above Lake Ladoga

Move Supports Report That Stalin
Plans Bitter End of Warfare Regardless of Cost;
Russian Bombs Drop on Kuumo

HELLSINKI, Jan.' 23, (INS)—Reports from Russia that Dictator Josef Stalin intends.to carry out the war against Finland to the "bitter end and regardless of the cost seemed p a r t ly confirmed today by latest reoorls from the front and especially by resumption of the Soviet drive north of Lake Ladoga.

Double-pronged Drive
In that area ' t h e Russians unleashed a double-pronged offensive but the Finnish command claimed that it had been repulsed with heavy
losses. On that front and before the Mannerheim line on the Carelian isthmus, it was claimed, the Russians have lost thousands of dead. Infantry and large and small tanks, aided by artillery, were thrown into the campaign above the big lake, where the- terrain is more favorable to mechanized forces than on the Carelian isthmus.


French Naval-
Vessel Sends
Call for Help

GKNOA, ,lan. 25 (AP)-The French auxiliary naval Vessel Forfait, 622 tons, was reported to have radioed for help today,

104 Are Given
Up For Lost

GENOA, Jan. 25 (AP)—Italian officials- today gave up for lost 104 persons--44 passengers and 60 crew members—-in the burning of the liner Orazio.


68 Missing From
Lost British Ship

..LONDON, Jan.. 25. (AP)—The British admiralty announced today that 68 men were missing, instead of the 73 reported Sunday, in the sinking of the destroyer. Grenville by' a mine or torpedo. Eight others were known to be dead.


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