Traveler, writer, reviewer, all-round observer. I like anything cool & fast, but occasionally sit at a cafe watching the world go by.
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 9 & 10, 1940
With Europe, Asia, and other parts around the world gets swallowed up in war, as your roving reporter, I’ll bring you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…
In England yesterday, Winston Churchill’s radio broadcast warned Bulgaria to not join the Tripartite Pact, the 3-way agreement between Germany, Italy, and Japan.
And in the Altantic, like a bad banana joke, 1500 tons of bananas were lost after the British ship Chagres was sunk by a mine. 62 men were rescued by the anti-submarine trawler HMS Loch Montreith -unfortunately, 2 men were killed. Making things more dangerous, it seems another 100 mines were laid by the Germans in the busy sea lane of the North Sea. Despite this, English determination shone through as the British ships HMS Salve and HMS Servitor successfully detonated magnetic mines in their wake using long electrically charged cables. Unwavering in their efforts to take control of the waters, German submarines continue their attack on cargo ships, sinking the Dutch steamer Burgerdijk, carrying grain from the U.S. to Rotterdam, and the Norwegian steamer Silja, carrying salt from Gibraltar to Bergen, Norway. The crew of the Burgerdijk were rescued by another Dutch steamer 12 hours later, but the crew of the Silja weren’t as fortunate – all 16 aboard were killed.
In Finland, a portion of their defensive line fell apart as Russia began breaking through the Mannerheim Line. Finland’s counterattack failed to reclaim the area. Making matters worse, air attacks on shipping lanes renewed earlier this month. In at attempt to safeguard their vessels, escort ships such as the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Cairo were assigned to the convoys. The plan worked as the escorts and fighter planes drove off attacks the other day.
Making life more difficult in Poland, the Jewish population in Stettin were deported to the ghettos in Lublin, while Polish citizens throughout their country were given just a few hours to pack after being evicted from their homes to be reoccupied by German nationals. It was reported that approximately 12,000 Poles were simply shot. And in Soviet occupied Poland, Polish citizens faced mass deportation to Siberia.
Back home in the U.S., President Roosevelt addressed the 4,400 demonstrators in D.C., all members of the American Youth Congress, that marched up Constitution Avenue carrying banners protesting any prospects of the U.S. going to war. He angrily warned them to not pass any resolutions on matters they have no knowledge of, and that America will support Finland’s effort to avoid hunger and occupation.
That’s it for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.