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 – May 2-3, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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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…

President Roosevelt in his car, 1940. Photo from The National Archives Collection

President Roosevelt in his car, 1940.
Photo from The National Archives Collection

‘Tensions Increase In Europe’
Responding to President Roosevelt’s insistence of Italy staying out of the war in Europe, Mussolini proposed yesterday that they will stay out of the war so long as the U.S. stays out of Europe.

Frankreich, Hans Günther v. Kluge, Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler standing among his Nazi generals -1940

Earlier today, pleads of help came as Dutch intelligence detected German troop movement near their border. Forecasted bad weather in the area may have prevented another invasion as Germany flexes their military muscle once again. Further information was passed along as the Dutch military attaché in Berlin, Colonel Sas, receives word that Hitler plans to attack the low countries within the next few days.

General Charles Leon Clement. -Image from www.generals.dk

General Charles Leon Clement.
-Image from http://www.generals.dk

Meanwhile, the remaining Danish constituent in Greenland called out to the U.S. for protection now that their country is under Nazi occupation.

And in France, General Huntziger, Commanding Officer of the French 2nd Army, orders the removal of anti-tank barricades from 2 main roads in the Ardennes forest which were built without his approval. With Hitler threatening to expand their might in Europe, this may be a bad move for the General leaving France open to a possible invasion.

‘Battle Of Norway Looks Grim’

As German forces reached Aandalesnes yesterday, British troops retreated, arriving safely at Scapa Flow, Scotland today. Meanwhile other British forces continued fighting in the north in an effort to disrupt Germany’s important supply off iron.

German troops landing in Norway -1940

German troops landing in Norway -1940

In the now ruined city of Namsos, thousands of British and French troops struggled with their evacuation during these past 2 days while under air attacks by the infamous German Junkers Ju-87 Stukas and Ju-88 bombers. Despite the arrival of the British fleet, under the command of Vice Admiral John Cunningham with 5 destroyers, 3 cruisers, and 3 transport ships, heavy losses and damage were caused by these air attacks. Britain’s HMS Maori suffered some damage yesterday killing 5 and injuring 18, while the French destroyer Bison was sunk early this morning. And as the French destroyer Afridi went to rescue the survivors, it also was sunk by further air attacks -in all, nearly 200 crewmen and soldiers were killed. During the night, 5350 men finally boarded.

And while the British RAF bombed German-occupied airfields in Denmark and Norway, Norwegian forces near Trondheim couldn’t hold off the Germans invaders and finally surrendered.

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

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