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 3, 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 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…

Artillery being fired during the Battle of Viipuri March 1940 -image courtesy of SA-kuva (Finnish Armed Forces photograph) http://sa-kuva.fi/neo?tem=webneoeng#

Artillery being fired during the Battle of Viipuri March 1940
-image courtesy of SA-kuva (Finnish Armed Forces photograph)
http://sa-kuva.fi/neo?tem=webneoeng#

‘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.

British cruiser HMS York in New York Harbor 1938. -image from www.uboat.net courtesy of William Bell (son of Chief Petty Officer Bell of the HMS York)

British cruiser HMS York in New York Harbor 1938.
-image from http://www.uboat.net courtesy of William Bell (son of Chief Petty Officer Bell of the HMS York)

Crew and passengers from the German ship Arucas being picked up by HMS York after scuttling their own ship. -image from www.uboat.net courtesy of William Bell (son of Chief Petty Officer Bell of the HMS York)

Crew and passengers from the German ship Arucas being picked up by HMS York. -image from http://www.uboat.net courtesy of William Bell (son of Chief Petty Officer Bell of the HMS York)

‘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.

Hermann Goring showing a painting to US Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles

Hermann Goring showing a painting to US Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles

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

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: