1940
Tokyo/Helsinki (Cancelled)
Japan/Finland

The 1940 Summer Games was cancelled following the start of the Second World War in 1939. This had been due to take place first in Tokyo, Japan and then in Helsinki, Finland.

The National Archives’ collections on the cancelled Olympics include proposals for Helsinki and the sale of British horses for use in the Games.

10 records available

  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; anticipated to hold Games in Finland; possibility of...
    FO 371/22270/3609
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; anticipated to hold Games in Finland; possibility of... FO 371/22270/3609Preview
  • Reports that Games could be successfully organised; question of accommodation for visitors.
    FO 371/22270/3853
    Reports that Games could be successfully organised; question of accommodation for visitors. FO 371/22270/3853Preview
  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; press interviews reporting probable shortage of hotel...
    FO 371/22270/3977
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; press interviews reporting probable shortage of hotel... FO 371/22270/3977Preview
  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; Finnish Steamship Line interested in securing British ships.
    FO 371/22270/4172
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; Finnish Steamship Line interested in securing British ships. FO 371/22270/4172Preview
  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; possible use of moored ships to overcome hotel...
    FO 371/22270/4257
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; possible use of moored ships to overcome hotel... FO 371/22270/4257Preview
  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; circular on possible use of moored ships issued to...
    FO 371/22270/4258
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; circular on possible use of moored ships issued to... FO 371/22270/4258Preview
  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; Mayor of Helsingfors is committed to use of German ships.
    FO 371/22270/4278
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki;  Mayor of Helsingfors is committed to use of German ships. FO 371/22270/4278Preview
  • Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; movements of Field Marshal Mannerheim.
    FO 371/22270/5198
    Proposal to hold Games at Helsinki; movements of Field Marshal Mannerheim. FO 371/22270/5198Preview
  • Purchase of horses to be used in competition (Helsinki) in 1940.
    FO 371/23649/1851
    Purchase of horses to be used in competition (Helsinki) in 1940. FO 371/23649/1851Preview
  • Sale of British horses for use in 1940 Olympics.
    FO 371/23649/2779
    Sale of British horses for use in 1940 Olympics. FO 371/23649/2779Preview

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