Click on the link here for Audio Player – News From Radio Berlin – News From EIAR, Rome – August 29, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection As the war of nerves intensified on this day in 1939, a last ditch effort at negotiations was still going on. Hanging in the balance was Poland. Adamant in their demands was Nazi Germany, claiming Poland was an aggressor. The propaganda machine was in overdrive, making the case for War. False accusations of Polish atrocities towards German civilians living in Eastern Poland kept stoking German outrage. And meanwhile, the rest of Europe quietly prepared for what would eventually become the worst. Here are three newscasts – two from Radio Berlin and the third from Rome – all very pro-war and all in English. Another day of nail-biting anticipation, on August 29, 1939.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC News And News from EIAR, Rome – August 27, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
This day in 1939, to a degree, resembles this day in 2013. Perhaps not as far reaching and all-engulfing as the events leading up to the beginning of World War 2, but an aura of uncertainty over what the day, and in fact the week, would finally bring.
On this August 27th in 1939 the storm clouds were hovering, and all of Europe was readying for the unknown, but it was most certainly war.
The airwaves were filled with news, reactions and bulletins. Preparedness and accusations; last minute negotiations and final orders.
And stuck in the middle, as always, were regular people, citizens of towns and villages from Britain to the Balkans, waiting for news – waiting for the final outcome.
And all the news for this day in 1939 was about just that. So here is a 90 minute extract from the ongoing emergencies of the day, as reported by the BBC World Service and EIAR, the Fascist Government radio network in Italy, broadcasting their English service.
Ominous and foreboding times – days of living on the brink.
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With the War in Europe over for a little over a month, and the War in the Pacific still two months off, it was a time for cautious celebration. General Eisenhower, who oversaw military operations for the European campaign returned home to a hero’s welcome.
On this day in 1945, General Eisenhower was invited to address a joint session of Congress to give his assessment of the war and the war effort in bringing victory to the allied forces and defeating Nazi Germany.
Here is General Eisenhower’s address to Congress from June 18, 1945, complete with a breathless reporter’s introduction.
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Click on the link here for Audio Player: America’s Town Meeting – Dec. 18, 1938
1938 was a nervous year in our history. The slow recovery, the looming war in Europe, saber rattling in the Far-East , racism, unemployment, crime – all these elements created an air of tension and fear over the future of the U.S. and the world.
And with the fear also came introspection. Just who were we? Where were we headed and what did we need in order to maintain our standard of living, at least in 1938.
Sentiments that no doubt could be shared now – but the climate for introspection has changed. The reassessment of our priorities has given way to a goodly amount of finger pointing and breast-beating of late, particularly in the area of events the past week.
But in 1938 things were different and there was a clearly defined enemy, a “them versus us” equation to consider. As opposed to now where the enemy is, to a large extent, us.
On this broadcast, from December 18, 1938, America’s Town Meeting Of The Air, the subject “What is America’s Greatest Need?” was broken down into a number of areas, not least was our need for more art, more music, more books, more learning.
In 2012, I would vote for that in a heartbeat.
Here is that broadcast, featuring a number of speakers, including Historian Will Durant and questions from an audience.
The fear was specific, but the solutions offered were timeless – they have a ring of truth, even now.