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 4-6, 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 the time, this is my reporting and take of the news, 75 years ago today

March 6, 1940
As Germany and Russia persist with their warmongering ways, your Roving Reporter brings you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

Helsinki burns in the aftermath of Soviet bombing. -image from http://ww2news.com/europe/ussr-invades-finland/

Helsinki burns in the aftermath of Soviet bombing.
-image from http://ww2news.com/europe/ussr-invades-finland/

‘Finland Considers Soviet Demands’
Holding their own, Finland continued to show their ferocity while defending Viipuri in the face of overwhelming odds during these past few days. And although the deadline passed yesterday to formally request help from the Allies, Foreign Minister Vaino Tanner asked England and France for an extension today. Finland received the extension, giving them until March 12. In the meantime, the Finnish government accepted Russia’s preconditions yesterday for peace talks in Moscow. Russia stayed firm with their intent on having Finland cede Viipuri and Sortavala as part of their demands. And emphasizing their refusal to a ceasefire until the talks were underway, Russia began bombing Helsinki yesterday. Faced with desperation, Finland’s Prime Minister Risto Ryti along with his delegation left for Moscow this evening to begin the talks.

German Submarine U-29

German Submarine U-29

‘Germany Continues Their Terror At Sea’
No telling if U.S. Undersecretary Sumner Welles’ visit had any affect. Coinciding with Sumner’s departure from Berlin on March 4th, CEO of General Motors, James Mooney, recipient of the German Grand Cross of the German Eagle medal for his services to Germany, tried discouraging Hitler from escalating the war. Regardless of the talks, Germany persisted with their warmongering. In a skirmish on the Maginot Line yesterday, German troops captured a British outpost, killing 2 and taking 16 prisoners. And on the same day of Sumner’s departure and Mooney’s talks, the German submarine U-29 sank the British ship Thurston near England, killing 64 out of 68 on board -this occurred shortly after the Thurston collided with the French steamer S.N.A.1 and rescued 30 that were on board. Later that day, U-29 went on to torpedo another British ship, the Pacific Reliance -all 53 aboard were rescued by the British merchant Macville. Yesterday, another German submarine, U-17, torpedoed the Dutch merchant Grutto off the coast of the Netherlands, killing all 18. Keeping to their more civilized tactics, British cruiser HMS Berwick intercepted the German merchant Uruguay near Iceland today. But before they were able to capture it with a boarding party, the crew scuttled the ship by setting it on fire.

‘Soviets Give Death Sentence While Admits To Bombing’
In other news, the Russian government issued an official apology yesterday for having bombed Pajala, Sweden on Feb 21. In the meantime, the Politburo, the highest Soviet authority in policy-making, sentenced Polish officers in captivity to death. Declaring them as “enemies of the Soviet Union”, the government feared they might organize a resistance against the Russian occupation if released.  Back in the States, Kings Canyon in California was declared a National Park on March 4th.

“Kearsarge Pinnacles,” Kings Canyon circa 1930s. -Photo by Ansel Adams, US National Archives

“Kearsarge Pinnacles,” Kings Canyon circa 1930s.
-Photo by Ansel Adams, US National Archives

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


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