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. 6, 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 6, 1940
No telling how long the war in Europe will last, as Germany’s war machine continues to steamroll over land, air, and sea, and Japan’s expansionism keeps wrecking havoc over China and the rest of Asia. As your roving reporter, I’ll report the news to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

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Today in England, the Ministry Of Information launches a nationwide campaign to help keep war gossip and rumors at bay with the slogan, “Careless Talk Costs Lives.” It’s important to remember that loose lips can lead to a win for the enemy.

Following up from the January 21st incident, when the British light cruiser HMS Liverpool removed 21 Germans from the Japanese ocean liner SS Asama Maru off the coast of Japan, the British government defended their position by producing a white paper, their authoritative report which states those so called German citizens were actually Axis sailors from the sunken SS Columbus.

SS Asama Maru circa 1931 -image taken from Wikipedia.org

SS Asama Maru circa 1931 -image taken from Wikipedia.org

P-66 Vanguard Fighter -photo from the U.S. Air Force

P-66 Vanguard Fighter -photo from the U.S. Air Force

In the Scandinavian Peninsula, Russian troops parachuted behind the Finnish lines, while at the Mannheim Line, Finland claims that Russian forces were repelled after a 16 hour battle. As the war rages on between Russia and Finland, and Germany being an easy reach across the water to their south, Sweden prepares to defend themselves by ordering 144 P-66 Vanguard Fighters from the U.S. manufacturer Vultee Aircraft -and rightfully so since Russian bombers sank the Swedish steamer Wirgo.

In the North Sea, just 30 miles east of Scotland, the Estonian steamer Anu sank after hitting a mine and killing 7 aboard. The blame points to Germany’s u-boat U-13 when they started laying mines a couple of months ago.

Estonian Cargo Steamer Anu -image courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Estonian Cargo Steamer Anu -image courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

That’s it for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.

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