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 7-8, 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 8, 1940
As trouble continues at sea and on land, your Roving Reporter brings you the news as it happens to give you folks at home the stories of the day…

HMCS Assiniboine in Halifax

HMCS Assiniboine in Halifax

‘Turbulent Waters For Everyone’
In direct violation of the Pan-American Neutrality, the German freighter Hannover was caught off the Dominican Republic coast earlier today. Before the Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine was able to capture it though, the crew of the Hannover attempted to set fire to the ship, but not before a boarding party from the British light cruiser HMS Dunedin was able to save it from destruction. Both British and German diplomats went on arguing over its exact position to the Dominican government.
In the English Channel, another jab against the Italian-German pact came in the form of a dozen Italian ships that were stopped and detained today while carrying German coal. The Italian government protested this action as a forced attempt to make them sell weapons to England.
In the Irish Sea, continued problems with German mines was emphasized today as the flagship of convoy HX-22, British merchant Counsellor, was struck near Liverpool while carrying general cargo including cotton. All 78 aboard, including Rear-Admiral Franklin and his staff were rescued by the British destroyer HMS Walpole.

British steam merchant Counsellor -image from www.uboat.net

British steam merchant Counsellor
-image from http://www.uboat.net

British Chief of the Imperial General Staff Edmund Ironside

British Chief of the Imperial General Staff Edmund Ironside

‘Russian-Finnish Peace Talks Begin’
Peace talks between Finland and Russia began yesterday, but the Soviet government refused Finnish Prime Minister Ryti’s plea for a ceasefire. Throughout the talks, fierce fighting in Viipuri continued. In England, British Chief Edmund Ironside offered Finland’s Field Marshal Carl Mannerhiem military assistance only to be refuted by Foreign Minister Vaino Tanner, claiming that any assistance would put the peace talks in Moscow at risk. Meanwhile French military equipment and aircraft were sent off to Finland.

‘RMS Queen Elizabeth In New York’
In other news, the British RAF began their information campaign yesterday by dropping leaflets in western Poland, and Germany. And with the success of releasing false information to its true whereabouts, the luxury liner RMS Queen Elizabeth arrived safely in New York yesterday.

RMS Queen Elizabeth steams into New York Harbor -image from www.ocean-liners.com courtesy of www.liv.ac.uk/~archives/cunard/ships/qeliz.htm - Cunard Archives

RMS Queen Elizabeth steams into New York Harbor
-image from http://www.ocean-liners.com courtesy of http://www.liv.ac.uk/~archives/cunard/ships/qeliz.htm – Cunard Archives

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

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