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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 3, 1940
While Russia greedily demands for land, and Germany continues to cause problems, your Roving Reporter brings you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…
‘Finland Still Fights Despite Overwhelming Odds’
Another major assault was launched with the Finns barely hanging on just 2 days after Russia’s ultimatum expired. Soviet troops pushed into the suburbs of Viipuri only to meet with ferocious hand-to-hand combat against its defenders. With growing concerns of their deteriorating defenses, Finnish HQ ordered its staff to plan a withdrawal from the Isthmus to their next line of defense. Showing their strength despite the small numbers, Finnish positions held off 3 attacking divisions across the Kaskiselka and Vuosalmi areas. In an act of desperation though, Vaino Tanner, Finland’s Foreign Minister, called his counterpart in Sweden to propose an alliance. And Finland’s government made it clear to Russia that they are open to peace negotiations but demands for Viipuri and Sortavala were out of the question.
‘Nazis Sink Rather Than Capture’
Carrying general cargo on its way to Bristol, the British merchant ship Cato struck a mine in the Bristol Channel. 2 out of 15 onboard survived and were picked up by the minesweeper HMS Akita. And contrary to Nazi tactics, British cruiser HMS York intercepted and attempted to capture the German passenger ship Arucas off the coast of Iceland. However, the crew of the Arucas scuttled the ship.
‘False Info Saves Passenger Liner’
While the U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles met with Hermann Goring today, England proposes banning Italian imports of German coal despite protests from Italy. And it seems England’s release of false information regarding the passenger liner RMS Queen Elizabeth was a good idea as the Luftwaffe bombed Southampton today – which is when and where the false report stated it would be.
That’s it for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.