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 9, 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 9, 1940

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

German submarine U-14 at Lisbon, Portugal 1937. Image from The National Maritime Museum, London

German submarine U-14 that torpedoed 3 British vessels on March 9 1940, pictured here at Lisbon, Portugal 1937.
Image from The National Maritime Museum, London

‘England’s Gesture Met With German Torpedoes’

In England, British authorities decided to release the detained Italian ships that were stopped while carrying German coal couple of days ago.  Easing off on the embargo, an alternative was given to Italy to use a different route such as overland. In spite of this gesture, Germany attacked and sunk several ships today, including 3 British steamers.  Off the Belgium coast, the British merchants Borthwick, Akeld, and Abbotsford were torpedoed -all 21 onboard the Borthwick were picked up by a pilot boat, but all 12 from Akeld and all 19 from Abbotsford died.  In the fishing area near Dublin, the Irish trawler Leukos was torpedoed killing all 11 when it sank. And bound for Canada from the English Channel off the coast of Brest, France, the Greek merchant P. Margaronis was also torpedoed killing all 30 on board.

Greek merchant ship P. Margaronis. Image from www.uboat.net Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Greek merchant ship P. Margaronis.
Image from http://www.uboat.net
Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Finnish Commander in Chief Carl Gustaf Mannerheim. Image from http://ww2today.com

Finnish Commander in Chief Carl Gustaf Mannerheim.
Image from http://ww2today.com

‘Russian-Finnish Peace Talks Continue’

Fighting between Soviet and Finnish forces raged on even while the peace talks was under way.  Although the Russians captured the Bay of Viipuri and the village of Tali in the outskirts, other sectors of the Karelian Isthmus remained well defended.

The tense negotiations began at 5pm with the Soviets stern demands giving Finland no access to Lake Ladoga and a cession of the district of Salla in Lapland. A phone call from the Finnish Commander in Chief Carl Mannerheim came at 10pm to brief the delegation in Moscow, and suggested to them a surrender and acceptance of the terms as the only option considering the dire situation.

‘Disney Song In Top Ten’

Back in the States, a congratulations goes out to the Disney movie Pinocchio for having their song “When you wish upon a star” reach the country’s Top Ten list.

Walt Disney's poster of Pinocchio. Image from http://disney.wikia.com

Walt Disney’s poster of Pinocchio.
Image from http://disney.wikia.com

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

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