Advances not without high tolls.
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News for this October 8th in 1941 had much to do with events taking place in Eastern Europe. The German push into Russia and the fierce fighting taking place all up and down the Eastern Front. Both sides were claiming gains, while claiming the other sustained heavy losses. The big worry for Germany was the Russian Winter, as the first snow was observed just outside Moscow.
Meanwhile, German raids over England the night before were considered “light” with “little damage” reported. Concerns were being mounted over Turkey’s trade agreement with Germany, even though Turkey had a trade agreement going with England in effect until January 1943. Turkey claimed the German agreement was “for the future”.
Talk in the House of Commons in Britain over an “all planes for Russia” week, where all aircraft manufactured would be sent to the Eastern front to aid the Russian effort. The talk was criticized, as it seemed impractical to earmark all manufactured planes, since so many were needed for the war effort in Britain. There was also talk of The House of Commons wasting precious time taking up the subject of exempting members of The Oxford Group from military service. The matter in question had to do with 11 members of the group who wanted military exemptions on religious grounds. The controversy spilled over to the U.S., where the group had a number of members also concerned of future call-ups for the Draft into Military Service. The outcome in London was eagerly anticipated.
The subject of huge profits reaped by War contractors was the subject of debate on Capitol Hill. It prompted at least one Senator to call for a flat 7% profit to be gained by any company doing war-work for the government. At the time, companies were reporting profit margins of up to 240%. Who says war isn’t good for business?
All that, on a very busy news day for October 8, 1941, as reported by the NBC Blue Network.
The Libyan desert offered an inhospitable backdrop.
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This day in 1942 was all about a world caught up in war. Fighting seemingly everywhere. News of a German offensive going on in the Libyan Desert near Tobruk. Hints of a major Western Front looming as U.S. troops landed in Ireland. Intense fighting near Sebastopol on the Eastern Front. And news of a Japanese landing of some 1,400 troops on the furthest-most island of the Aleutians off Alaska, marking the first time the Japanese had set foot on the Western Hemisphere since the beginning of the war. The big fear among some was this would be a stepping stone on the way to an invasion of the U.S. – while others doubted it. Others thought it was a face-saving measure on the part of the Japanese to gloss-over huge losses in recent sea battles. Whatever it was, Washington took notice.
Rubber drives began in earnest; calls for scrap rubber in any quantity were needed for the War Effort. And V-Mail was introduced as a way of speeding up delivery of letters to troops stationed overseas.
It was looking to be a long haul.
All this, and much other news for this 13th day of June in 1942 as provided by the NBC Blue Network and their News Of The World.
Marshal Timoshenko – Man of the Hour in Russia.
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May 20, 1942; potentially a pivotal day in the history of World War 2. The Russian Army, led by Marshal Semen Timoshenko scored a decisive victory in the battle of Kharkov, which could prove to be a tipping point of the war on the Eastern Front.
Speculation that this would be the first of several major victories for the Russians and the result being a defeat for the Germans prompted many to consider it possible, and perhaps the War would be over soon. Perhaps.
Meanwhile, hundreds of British Bombers attacked several German industrial cities, as well as several airfields in France and Holland, causing extensive damage with 12 Bombers and 2 Fighter planes reported missing.
From the Pacific front things were relatively quiet – a waiting game was going on. Save for air activity, not much was taking place in the area of troop movements or naval engagements and speculation was rife as to where the next shoe was going to drop. In Washington, Medal of Honor ceremonies were getting ready for General Jimmy Doolittle and the 79 crew members who took part in the now-famous Raid Over Tokyo. It was, for all intents and purposes, the morale boost America needed.
War Production was dramatically increasing, with a reported 120 ships being built in 130 days, with 30 ships being launched on the 22nd of May alone. Even with the morale boost came word of impending gas and tire rationing. And since no more tires were being manufactured for civilian use until after the War, precautions were being stressed to make the most out of what you had, including a proposal to impose speed limits as a way of preserving tire wear. Not popular ideas or recommendations, to be sure.
All that, and a lot more going on this day in 1942, via News Of The World from the NBC Blue Network.
Singapore – January 1942 – endless bombings and looming invasion.
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News for this day in 1942 was hopeful and grim, in equal portion. The Battle for Singapore was on and fighting was taking place all over the Far East. In Mexico, the government announced it would no longer grant citizenship to German, Japanese or Italian nationals. A censorship office for U.S. Mail had been established in Miami since so much mail from South and Central America and the Caribbean passed through the terminal in that city.
On the Eastern Front – reports from Germany claim the line in its invasion of Russia had been stabilized, whatever that meant. Later reports claimed otherwise with Russian advances taking place on several fronts. It wasn’t clear who was giving accurate assessments, but there was the infamous Russian Winter to take into consideration.
London reported RAF bombers staged their largest raid so far on Germany overnight.
In Washington, noted Aviator Laura Ingalls ( not to be confused with writer Laura Ingalls Wilder) was arraigned in Federal court on charges she failed to register as a German Agent. She was arrested by FBI agents on December 17th and held on $7,500 bail.
And a bulletin received during the newscast reported Australian troops on the West Malaya front wiped out a Japanese tank and infantry column during a pre-dawn raid.
All that, and a lot more via these Overnight news updates from WJZ Radio on January 16, 1942.
Signs the tide was about to turn.
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This day in 1942 was hopeful for the Allies. With news from the Pacific Theater of victory in the Solomon Islands sea battle and progress with fighting in New Guinea and progress in the Guadalcanal campaign. Advances in North Africa with British and American troops gaining ground in Tunisia. The Russians were throwing back German troops along the Eastern front. Reports from London indicate there were no German raids over England in over 2 weeks, the longest period of time since before the Blitz of 1940. Also news regarding the imprisonment by the Germans of French General Weygand. A hero of the French Army in World War 1, Weygand initially fought against the Germans during the invasion of France in 1940, but then surrendered and eventually collaborated with the Germans as part of the Vichy regime. He ran afoul of the Vichy regime late in 1941 and was arrested on this day and confined to a prison in Germany.
All that, and a lot more via NBC Blue Network‘s News Of The World and News Of The World Night Edition for November 20, 1942.
Fighting along the Eastern Front – And reports of the first snow.
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News for this October 9th in 1941 was centered mostly around the Eastern front with fierce fighting between Russian armies and the Germans. Both sides were claiming advances with the German army aiming its sights on Moscow. It was also reported the first snows were falling, which meant the dreaded Russian Winter was just around the corner.
In other news – it was reported that Turkey was in violation of a British trade agreement and were rumored to be selling massive quantities of Chrome to Germany. Official complaints were lodged and denied in Ankara.
From London it was reported overnight German raids were light and sparse, with bombings concentrated primarily on the Southeast of England. It was also reported a storm of criticism was brewing over Parliamentary debate on whether or not members of The Oxford Group could claim exemption from Military service. The group sought the exemptions based on religious grounds, but many in Parliament argued the group was more along the lines of the YMCA and not a church. It seemed many felt the time spent on debating the issue could have been better spent on dealing with the more pressing issues of the War.
In Washington, results of the Oxford Group debate were being carefully monitored as the same claims for exemption were being sought by members in the U.S., and what London decided on would probably be the same for Capitol Hill. On the War Production front, it was learned companies engaged in manufacturing military equipment were deriving huge profits as the result. Further evidence War was good for business.
All that, and much more from NBC’s News Of The World for October 9, 1941.