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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO

From newspapers of Feb. 15, 1940: Finland calls up men 42 and 43 years of age as the Soviet offensive on the Mannerheim Line continues.Britain lifts the law that prevents British volunteers from going to help the Finns. Britons over 27 years of age or exempt for other reasons from conscription may enlist for Finland. Feb. 16: The Chinese Army reports the Japanese Army is pulling back in some areas amid reports that the Japanese invasion has stalled. Feb. 17: It is learned in Stockholm that the Swedish government has refused a Finnish request for military aid. In Washington, the House of Representatives passes a record $965-million appropriations bill for the Navy but refuses to provide funds for the improvement of harbors at Guam, fearing that such a move might lead to war with Japan.

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