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. 8, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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In honor of WWII and the courageous vets of that time period, this is my reporting and take of the news, 75 years ago today…

February 8, 1940
War and turmoil continues to engulf Europe, Asia, and around the world. As your roving reporter, I’ll bring you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

Curtis Hawk 75 - Image taken from www.warbirdforum.com

Curtis Hawk 75 – Image taken from http://www.warbirdforum.com

In China, 3 Chinese Hawk 75 fighters bravely intercepted 27 Japanese aircraft that were headed to Mengzi, China. After the dogfights that lasted more than an hour, only 1 Chinese pilot, Yang Tzu-fan, was injured during a crash landing after his plane was heavily damaged.

In the Scandinavian region, the Winter War proved to be more difficult for Russia. On its 9th day of battle at the Karelian Isthmus, Finland reports to be standing strong. As though emphasizing this, a Russian battalion that was to relieve a division surrounding Kuhmo, was driven back, and at Lake Ladoga, Russian troops were wiped out one by one by Finnish troops. Lending their Finnish neighbors a hand, 6,000 Swedish troops saw action at the Salla front. And despite continued artillery and aerial bombardment at the Mannerheim Line, Russia asked Finland to choose an island in the Gulf of Finland to use as a Russian military base as part of a peace negotiations.

Photo of a Swedish Machine Gun Unit during the Winter War from The Library of Congress.

A Swedish Machine Gun Unit during the Winter War – Image from The Library of Congress.

Parisians at a cafe on the Champs Elysees

Parisians at a cafe on the Champs Elysees

Unrest ensues in France leaving the people wondering if their fate will follow Poland after news of their steamer Marie Dawn was sunk in the North Sea by a mine, and 2 French soldiers capture a German patrol in the Forbach Woods. Adding to these incidences, in Paris, police raid a Russian press agency after their true agenda was discovered: a pro-Germany propaganda agency.

In other news, the American freighter Scottsburg was detained by British authorities at Gibraltar. And in what is now German-occupied Poland, the order was issued to establish a Jewish ghetto in Lodz, giving the Jewish community only minutes to pack their personal belongings from their homes. We wish you all well, and hope for the best.

A bridge connecting two sections of The Lodz Ghetto - Image from the German National Archive

A bridge connecting two sections of The Lodz Ghetto – Image from the German National Archive

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

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