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 11-12, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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May 12, 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…

Luxembourg Falls, While Western Europe Is In Chaos’

A formation of RAF Fairey Battles over France 1940

A formation of RAF Fairey Battles over France 1940

With Germany’s lightening strike against the west 2 days ago, Luxembourg becomes fully occupied by Hitler’s forces by yesterday.  The RAF was of no help when they were outmatched as 7 out of 8 Fairey Battles were shot down while attacking the German ground forces.

Juliana with her husband and elder daughters, Beatrix and Irene, in Ottawa. Library and Archives Canada -public domain

Juliana with her husband and elder daughters, Beatrix and Irene, in Ottawa.
Library and Archives Canada -public domain

And while Switzerland put its military on alert, and Swiss civilians evacuated from towns near the German border in response to Germany’s actions, the Dutch Prince and Princess flee The Netherlands as German forces take over much of the country.

In Belgium, where most of the fighting is now, the very first tank battle during the European War took place when 2 German Panzer and 2 French Armored divisions collided today.  The French tanks overwhelmed the Germans, while attacks from the air kept other German columns at bay by French medium bombers.  And RAF volunteer pilots took on heavy ground fire while attacking important road bridges in an effort to slow down the German juggernaut at the cost of losing all 5 aircraft.

And in France, German tanks charged through the Ardennes Forces yesterday, scattering French cavalry and light mechanized forces that were guarding the route.  Despite destroying all their own bridges while in retreat, pressure from a combined attack of Panzer tanks and Stuka aircraft forced the French to withdraw further.

General Franco of Spain 1940

General Franco of Spain 1940

Spain And U.S. Remain Neutral’

General Franco of Spain issues a Note today, confirming Spain’s strict policy of neutrality as decreed on Sept. 5 of last year.  And as President Roosevelt recognizes the war in Europe, he reaffirms America’s neutrality and limits the usage of American ports and territories.  He also stated that the British troops having landed in the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curacao does not violate the Monroe Doctrine.

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

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2 comments on “NEWS FLASH – May 11-12, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

  1. gpcox
    May 13, 2015

    FDR said one thing but did another – too bad the US citizens didn’t know about that!

  2. Aki Solomos
    May 13, 2015

    On one hand, he did want the country to go to war, after all, UK & France were our allies, along with the other invaded countries.
    On the other hand, our military weren’t strong enough and the people were more in an isolationist-mood, thinking the distance of the oceans would keep us safe. Besides, it was a short 20 years since the horrors of WWI.

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