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 6-7, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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May 7, 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…

‘Germany On The Move Again’

German column on the move through the Ardennes

German column on the move through the Ardennes

Taking precautions and preparing for war, the Dutch army has suspended all leave today. This comes after a massive German motorized column, possibly 60 miles long, was spotted yesterday heading to the Ardennes.

This was confirmed after a French pilot returning from a leaflet mission over Düsseldorf spotted the same column traveling through the Ardennes forest earlier today.

If these reports are true, it seems France is next on the list and in Hitler’s crosshairs.

Lt. Colonel Leo Amery in 1940

Lt. Colonel Leo Amery in 1940

‘England Debates Norway While Fight Continues’
Despite the positive nature of the Newsreel depicting the British ships engaging German forces shown to the public, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was heavily criticized today as the House of Commons debated over Norway and the way it is being handled.
Chamberlain defended the strategy but came under attack from Admiral Keyes and Lt. Colonel Leo Amery. Amery showed his anger and frustration with Chamberlain by demanding him to leave by saying, “I have quoted certain words of Oliver Cromwell. I will quote certain other words. I do it with great reluctance, because I am speaking of those who are old friends and associates of mine, but they are words which, I think, are applicable to the present situation. This is what Cromwell said to the Long Parliament when he thought it was no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation: You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
And while the Norwegian gold reserve of £33 million arrived safely in London yesterday, Norwegian forces fought back a sector in the eastern part of the country.

Meanwhile, all eyes fall to Narvik, the only war zone left in Europe, and where Hitler’s forces continue to occupy it along the rest of the country, as the allied forces dominate the sea.

Some members of the 16th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 147 Brigade, 61st Division, testing gas equipment on board the Polish liner MS Sobieski
‘New Politzer Prize, And Roosevelt Strengthens Naval Defense’
Under President Roosevelt’s orders today, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet remain in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in an effort to prevent Japan from expanding further.

And a congratulations goes to yesterday’s new Politzer winner John Steinbeck for his enthralling novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’.
That’s all for now. Your Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, signing off.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

Book cover of The Grapes of Wrath

Book cover of The Grapes of Wrath

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