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.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for February 19, 1951
News on this day in 1951, via Edward R. Murrow and The News, gave upbeat assessments from General Matthew Ridgeway regarding the situation in Korea and U.S. advances along the 38th Parallel. Fingers were crossed.
Not so upbeat were reports of an increase in Soviet military presence in Europe, and grumblings of war; the Nuclear kind, were echoing around Capitol Hill. To some, the thought of Nuclear weapons seemed a logical extension to the standard combat arsenal. Apparently, the lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fell on selectively deaf ears. Nonetheless, a sobering fear that somehow the Soviets may join in on the War in Korea was more than considered.
But equally sobering, in the Selective Memory department, were reports of a revival (of sorts) of extreme right-wing politics in Germany. The formation of the NDP (National Democratic Party) with the hopes of rekindling visions of Third Reich in the heads of former Nazi-leaning Germans, was enough to draw attention to the Allies, who were not amused.
And reports came in with news of the death of French Author and 1947 Nobel Literature Prize winner Andrè Gide had died.
All that, and much more for this February 19, 1951.
Overnight, notices went up all over.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: BBC News – August 31, 1939
Despite opinion in some circles that war could be avoided, preparations were put in high gear for what was the inevitable. Here is the 5:30 pm newscast from the BBC World Service on August 31, 1939. The latest assessment of German reaction, preparations for war and the evacuation of children from cities and industrial centers where aerial bombing would be likely.
All in all, not an optimistic day in history.
Within hours – a war.
Click on the link here for Audio player: European News in English – Aug. 29-30, 1939
With a state of war literally hours away, and all diplomatic attempts failed, the world waited for the shooting to start.
Here are three newscasts, in English via shortwave. The first is from Radio Warsaw, the second is from Radio Berlin and the third from EIAR in Rome, all broadcast late on August 29th and early August 30th 1939. The sound on the Polish broadcast is rough and not complete, but its significant and probably hasn’t been heard since it was first broadcast.
History from the perspective of not knowing the outcome.
Seventy-Five years ago today things looked ominous in the Far East.
Click on the link here for audio player: Interviews with Refugees from China – Aug. 27, 1937
Seventy-five years ago today most people in the U.S. were listening to reports of the invasion of China by Japan and hearing first-hand accounts of the fighting by rescued American nationals, caught in the middle of the turmoil.
Here is a program of interviews with rescued tourists and workers, having landed in Honolulu on August 27, 1937.
Little did we realize at the time it would be the harbinger of things to come a few short years later.
Nixon on Watergate – With each new appearance, the defense became flimsier.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for Week ending August 17, 1973
News for this week, that also ended on August 17th in 1973, had much to do with the ever-growing Watergate story. Once again, Nixon came before the nation to offer an explanation over Watergate, over the indictments, over the hearings, and the public was buying it less and less. So little in fact, that his popularity was dropping to all-time lows, and even the end of our involvement in Cambodia brought no needed boost.
It was true our official involvement in Cambodia had drawn to a close, an involvement that brought about a national outcry and deadly force three years earlier.Little by little, our unpopular excursion into Southeast Asia was coming to a close.
Aside from Watergate, we were also concerned with the economy. The phrase “Inflationary Recession” was being bandied about on Capitol Hill and food prices were going through the roof. The Doomsday scenario of Depression was being glanced at more than once.
But on the lighter side, early Screen legend and Sex Siren Mae West was celebrating a birthday this week. Sources close to the actress were unsure if she had turned 80, 81 or 82 – and she was offering no help. Sex Sirens never really age, they just gain respectability.
And that’s how this week rolled as reported on the CBS Radio Program The World This Week for August 17, 1973.
Kuwait: August 1990 – murky images – murkier motives.
Click on the link here for audio player: News for August 10, 1990
The sound of sabers rattling and reports of atrocities, chaos and quickly organized summits dominated the news for this August 10th in 1990.
With the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait only a few days old, Egypt opened an emergency Arab Summit in Cairo as a last ditch effort to prevent an escalated war in the Persian Gulf against Iraq. But at the time of this broadcast, very little was accomplished, except when to break for lunch. Iraq sealed its borders to all but diplomats, and reports came flooding in of foreign nationals escaping in the droves, while some were being held in Bagdhad, perhaps as hostages. The ones who escaped gave harrowing accounts of what was going on in Kuwait and it fueled the already growing outrage against Iraq.
Meanwhile, NATO leaders were stopping short of taking collective military action, but they did endorse the growing multi-national Naval presence shaping up in the Persian Gulf. And the U.S. began a rapid deployment of U.S. combat troops to the region, denying reports it would eventually deploy as many as 250,000 personnel to Saudi Arabia.
Back in the States – wild fires were continuing to cause major destruction in Oregon and Northern California, charring some 100,000 acres as of this morning. Yosemite National Park was closed and all roads leading into the site were blocked, leaving many campers stranded. As of this August 10th, there were some 1,000 fires burning out of control in the region.
And that’s some of what went on, this chaotic August 10th in 1990, as reported on The CBS World News Roundup.