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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 27, 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…
‘Phoney War Continues’
In what many are calling a phoney war, since US Senator William Borach was heard saying “There is something phoney about this war” back in September, things are escalating as France and Germany fires off artillery at each other at the border near Vosges and Saar. This comes after the new French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud suggested to his country yesterday to wage total war against Germany, and the British 51st Highland Division took over a section in the Saar region on the French side in an effort to help defend the border in case of any German attacks.
Also in France, the new government requested the Soviets to recall its ambassador after his remarks on a telegram to Stalin was found to favor the Finnish treaty as a defeat against “Anglo-French warmongers”. The French Press also chimed in, demanding the Russian Embassy to close as they claim it to be a ‘Treason Center’.
Meanwhile, it was found out yesterday that Stalin refused to meet with Hitler to discuss border dispute issues in occupied Poland. Will this be the beginning of the Soviet-Nazi treaty breakup?
‘Changes In Government’
It comes with sad news that after his battle with cancer, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage passed away at the age of 68. Despite his dislike of England’s pompous attitude, the Australian-born Labour Party leader expressed New Zealand’s determination to stand with England when the war began by stating back on September 3 “Where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand.”
And in Canada, the general election brought Prime Minister Mackenzie King back, and gave the Liberals a majority with 178 seats, leaving the Conservatives with only 39 seats, and others with 28 seats.
‘American Ingenuity Takes Off’
In the U.S., a Curtiss C-46 Commando cargo plane took its first flight yesterday showing off American ingenuity. This comes after a major change replaced the twin tail from its original design, making it more aerodynamic. With its twin Pratt & Whitney engine capable of reaching speeds over 260 mph and a ceiling of 27,500 feet, it raced across St. Louis, MO to the thrill of the watching audience.
That’s it for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.