Aki Solomos

Traveler, writer, reviewer, all-round observer. I like anything cool & fast, but occasionally sit at a cafe watching the world go by.

NEWS FLASH – Feb. 5, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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In honor of WWII, this is my reporting and take of the news, 75 years ago today…

February 5, 1940
Difficult to imagine that just 5 months ago, September 1, 1939, Hitler’s forces invaded Poland without warning, sparking the beginning of our second world war. There seems to be no end to Germany’s thirst for power over land, air, and sea.

As your roving reporter, I’ll report the news to give you folks the story of the day…

Photo Courtesy of arendnet.com

Dutch Tanker Ceronia – Photo Courtesy of arendnet.com

The Battle of the Atlantic rages on -this time south of Ireland. At 3:30 this morning local time, German u-boat U-41 attempted to sink and destroy the unarmed Dutch tanker Ceronia with a torpedo causing it some damage. As luck would have it, the tanker made it safely to Holland under its own power. Not satisfied with the result, at 1pm local time, the u-boat went on to sink the British cargo ship Beaverburn, killing 1 sailor and leaving 76 others to be rescued by British tanker Narragansett.

HMS Antelope -from the Imperial War Museums collection

HMS Antelope -from the Imperial War Museums collection

Not standing idly by, the British destroyer HMS Antelope, hunted and sank U-41, killing all 49 German sailors aboard. Being the first lone British destroyer to sink a German submarine, Lt. Commander White was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for their courageous actions.

Meanwhile, in Paris, the Allied Supreme War Council met and decided to send 2 British divisions to Finland, by way of Norway despite Norway’s neutrality. On their way to Finland, part of their mission would be to take control of Sweden’s iron ore mines and the Port of Lulea, in a effort to slow down the German Juggernaut.


In other news, members of the Balkan Pact (Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia) declared their neutrality yesterday in the European war. And in Asia, the Japanese 26th Division captured the ancient city of Linhe yesterday, expanding Japan’s lust for power over China.

The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off for now.


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