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 4-5, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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May 5, 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…

‘Norway Establishes New Government While Country Keeps Fighting’

In London today, the exiled Norwegian government re-establishes itself while the battle for the country continue to rage on.

French Legionnaires -1940

French Legionnaires -1940

As part of a large effort to prevent the fall of Norway, approximately 30,000 troops gathered near Narvik, Norway yesterday and today. Alongside Norway’s own troops in this gathering are the famed French Foreign Legion, the rugged French mountain troops, the courageous British 24th Brigade, and Polish troops looking to payback Hitler for having taken their country.

From the left: two French Alpine Troops officers; A French Legionnaire Captain; and a British Naval officer as part of the Franco-British Expedition in Narvik, Norway on 1940.

From the left: two French Alpine Troop officers; A French Legionnaire Captain; and a British Naval officer as part of the Franco-British Expedition in Narvik, Norway on 1940. Image from http://www.ww2incolor.com

The Polish destroyer ORP Grom before the 1940 Norwegian Campaign.

The Polish destroyer ORP Grom before the 1940 Norwegian Campaign. Image from http://en.wikipedia.org

Landing all these troops didn’t come easy though. While supporting the landing troops yesterday by firing on German targets along the coast, the fierce bane and hated warship to the Germans, the Polish destroyer ORP Grom met its unfortunate end when it was sunk by a Heinkel He 111 after a dropped bomb detonated a torpedo onboard. The resulting explosion split the ship in two, sinking it to the bottom of the very waters it was protecting.

Meanwhile, after 25 days of fighting to defend the fortress in Hegra, southern Norway, the last of 190 men resisting the invading Germans finally surrendered early this morning.

This is HMS Seal captured at sea on May 05, 1940. Image from www.uboataces.com

The HMS Seal captured at sea on May 05, 1940.
Image from http://www.uboataces.com

‘Germans Capture British Submarine’
While on a mine-laying mission off the coast of Norway, the British submarine HMS Seal was spotted by a German bomber which attempted to sink the warship. Despite having sustained some damage, it courageously finished their mission and tried to head home only to hit a mine while avoiding German vessels. With no choice other than to risk the lives of the crewmen, Commander Robert Lonsdale finally surrendered by waving a white table cloth. Once towed to port for repairs, the HMS Seal will most likely be added to Hitler’s submarine fleet.

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

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