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 8-9, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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May 9, 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…

Japan Brutalizes China

Soldiers of Imperial Japanese Army 6th Infantry Regiment crossing the Bái hé River during the Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang ww2today.com

Soldiers of Imperial Japanese Army 6th Infantry Regiment crossing the Bái hé River during the Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang
ww2today.com

Since the start of the war between Japan and China 3 years ago, the invading Japanese forces continued to meet pockets of resistance.

With the Chinese luring the invaders deeper into their country, stretching their lines of communication as well as supply lines, only to be ambushed, have led Japan to become more frustrated and adopt to other strategies.  Using their “Three All’s” -kill all, loot all, and burn all, has brought the brutality of war to a whole other level against the Chinese people.

‘Chamberlain Is Asked To Step Down’

Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill

Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill

After the mishandling of Finland during the Winter War, and with Germany on the move throughout Europe, United Kingdom’s Labour Party called for a vote of no confidence for Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s party yesterday.  Proclaiming it as for the good of the country, former Prime Minister David Lloyd George asked Neville Chamberlain to step down from office.

This afternoon, Chamberlain spoke with Churchill and Halifax. Being the most likely candidates to succeed him, Chamberlain may be considering resigning his office.  I believe we’ll have more information tomorrow regarding this -stay tuned!

‘German Boats Attack Allies’

In Skagerrak, the strait between Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, seven allied destroyers and a cruiser were attacked by four to five German torpedo boats, otherwise known as S-boats.  Difficult to hit because of their speed and maneuverability, they managed to damage one of the destroyers, HMS Kelly, killing 27 of the crew. And off the Dutch coast, German submarine U-9 sank the French submarine Doris shortly after midnight this morning, killing 3 British and 45 French crewmen.

HMS Kelly being towed to port for repairs

HMS Kelly being towed to port for repairs

Belgium On High Alert’

Belgium army on maneuvers -winter of 1939-1940

Belgium army on maneuvers -winter of 1939-1940

Despite reports from French Intelligence, seeing no signs of unusual German activities in central Europe, Belgium declared a state of emergency today, putting their army on alert of a possible invasion. This comes after the Belgium Embassy in Berlin notified Brussels yesterday that the German High Command was given the order to invade.

Other intelligence reports my news office came across proclaims that Hitler plans to attack western Europe within the next couple of days.

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

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