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 – March 1, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

Eternalcon 04 preview (2) In honor of WWII and the courageous vets of the time, this is my reporting and take of the news, 75 years ago today March 1, 1940

As the Winter War becomes more frantic, and trouble brews at sea, your Roving Reporter brings you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

‘Finland Pleads For Help’

Finnish troops awaiting orders -The Winter War 1940

Finnish troops awaiting orders -The Winter War 1940

With the Finns desperately hanging on, Russia continued their assault, bringing their army within 4 miles of the city of Viipuri. While battles rages outside the Finnish city, Soviet tanks steamrolled across the border, racing toward Ukonmaki. With a plea for help, Finnish Ambassadors in London asked for 50,000 troops and 100 bombers. And, although implementing further rationing of chocolates, pastries, and having meat sold only 3 days per week, France offered 50,000 troops and aircraft to Finland if a request was made by March 5th.

(5-minute 1939 film briefly describing Finland’s situation at the start of the Winter War)

RMS Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary

‘Lurking Dangers At Sea’

Despite their proclamation of staying neutral, and brushing off the Allies in their attempt to help Finland, 2 Norwegian steamers were sunk. Carrying coal across the North Atlantic, the SS Vestfoss was bombed by German Heinkel 111’s, and sailing with a convoy in the North Sea, the SS Brott was machine gunned and bombed by more German aircraft – the crew from both ships were rescued at sea. Also in the North Sea, while carrying coal, the Italian merchant Mirella was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine. Meanwhile in England, because of their need for ships of all types, the British government requisitioned the luxury liner RMS Queen Mary for war duty -the most likely use for it would be as a troop ship, and to carry much needed supplies for the war effort.

‘U.S. Seeks For Peaceful Resolution’

On final news, scheduled to meet with the German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop today, U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles arrived in Berlin to start his peace-mission tour of Europe.

German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop

German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop

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

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