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.
Happy New Year somewhere.
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New Years Day in 1945 was pretty much “business as usual” during World War 2. Although the Allies were making substantial gains in their drive into Germany. The infamous Battle Of The Bulge that went on just before Christmas was now in the mopping up stages, with any gains the German Army made during that period of time now lost and regained by the Allies. And the war was continuing without let-up on all fronts.
But it was a general feeling that the war would be over sometime in 1945. At least it was hoped.
Here is the news for January 1, 1945 as reported on News Of The World over NBC.
A proposed site for the permanent UN building. Where the fighting could go unabated.
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This day in December, 1946 was loaded with news of Union talks, threats and pickets. President Truman beginning the process of dismantling the maze of Government agencies set up during the War. Also loaded on this day in December were intrigues from Capitol Hill‘s favorite racist, Senator Bilbo of Mississippi. Seems the notorious Senator had run afoul of a few Government agencies with reports of corruption, cash-for-favors and influence peddling racing around the halls of Congress. The plot thickened when an assistant to Bilbo had gone missing in an attempt to dodge a subpoena. The Senator remained staunchly smug over the whole thing.
Meanwhile, the fledgling United Nations was getting down to business with discussions over the growing unrest in Greece and a request for admission to the club from Siam, as well as working on a far-reaching disarmament proposal which was hoped to do away with nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, the job of shopping for a new and permanent site for the United Nations was underway with a proposal from the Rockefeller Foundation, who offered a parcel of land right next to the East River and, at the moment, the site of slaughterhouses and tenement apartment buildings. The concept of “use-your-imagination” came to mind.
And in Europe, former pre-war President of France Leon Blum was ushered back into office. The job of setting up a new government was his to figure out.
All that, and much more, including local news for Los Angeles, via KFI and NBC’s News Of The World for December 12, 1946.
On top of everything else – riots.
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With all the upbeat reports coming in on this December 5th in 1944, the worrisome part had to do with the goings on in Athens.
Otherwise, reports of Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army were driving deep into the Saar, encountering heavy opposition in the process. But gains were being made.
Gains were being made too, by the British 2nd Army on their continuing drive in Holland.
The deadlock going on in Italy was showing signs of breaking up, with reports of Allied advances taking place.
The War in the Pacific was progressing along, with upbeat reports from the Philippines.
But the situation in Greece was another matter. Rioting continued in Athens with civil war between right and left factions on the brink. Britain was now in the position of being in the middle. With everything else going on.
And back on Capitol Hill. The White House disclosed a re-shuffling (i.e shakeup) in the State Department with, among other things, the appointment of Librarian of Congress and Poet Archibald MacLeish to the position of Assistant Secretary of State.
That, and a lot more, crammed into 15 minutes of News Of The World for December 5, 1944.
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.
The political winds in Paris were blowing in an Easterly direction.
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News for this July 23rd in 1947 had to do with the delicate balance being struck throughout Europe, and fears the unity was falling apart. The Big Three Conference was underway with discussions regarding the proposed Marshall Plan and the work-slowdown by Coal Miners in the Ruhr Valley of Germany and the fear generated from France that Germany’s industrial revival would lead to a return to German nationalism. The Communist Party in France was gaining a strong foothold in French society and the concern was the current government in Paris would topple, being replaced by a Communist one with leanings towards Moscow.
The Coal production from the Ruhr Valley was crucial in the reconstruction of Europe and the work slowdown meant much needed shipments of coal weren’t coming, and that the U.S. was now having to ship some 35 million tons in order to aid the crisis.
While the Big 3 Conference was tackling the crucial issues in Europe, life on Capitol Hill was far from sublime and the scheduled recess until September left a lot of issues hanging. Talk of a scandal brewing in the area of Withholding Tax by companies, with many companies not turning over the taxed income to the government. A housing crisis was developing in California over Migrant workers and government funding to continue providing shelter for farm workers was to stop on September 30th. Already, there were some 30,000 homeless migrants camped out along highways in California’s Central Valley. If nothing was done to reverse the deadline, the number of homeless would grow substantially higher.
Meanwhile, Georgia was awash with tobacco on the occasion of the annual auction which brought farmers from all over the state looking for good prices. The prices fluctuated over the course of the day, but it was a yearly ritual nonetheless.
All that, and a lot more, from this broadcast of NBC’s News Of The World for July 23, 1947.
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