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 22-23, 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 23, 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…

‘Russia Moves In’

Just 9 days after the Treaty of Moscow was signed, ending the Winter War which began when Russia invaded Finland’s territory, Soviet troops took control of Finland’s Hanko Port yesterday as part of the 30-year lease agreement.  With construction of gun-placements in the peninsula already under way, the port gives Russia full view across the Gulf of Finland.

‘England Increases War Effort’

With tensions mounting against Nazi Germany, Dutch fighters accidentally shot down an RAF bomber near Rotterdam earlier today.  Meanwhile, in an effort to control German shipping, England increased patrols in the North Sea yesterday, and formed a new naval task force today named the ‘Malaya Force’.  Its mission is to keep an eye on the 17 German merchant vessels trapped in the Dutch East Indies.  And success with the increased patrols came with another blow against Germany when a British submarine intercepted the merchant ship Edmund Hugo Stinnes IV off the coast of Denmark this evening.  Sailing closer to shore, the German crew scuttled the ship and was later sunk by torpedo.

The HMS Dauntless was one of several British warships assigned to the naval task force, 'Malaya Force'

The HMS Dauntless was one of several British warships assigned to the naval task force, ‘Malaya Force’

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


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