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 19-21, 1940 – The Roving Reporter, Aki Solomos, Covering The News 75 Years Ago Today

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May 21, 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…

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Since Hitler’s invasion into Belgium and France, the RAF has lost over half their force. On that reason, and to prepare for any attacks on British soil, RAF squadrons withdrew back to England couple of days ago.  Despite the withdrawal, RAF bombers went on to bomb refineries near Rotterdam as a way to prevent Germany from gaining much needed resources, while the Luftwaffe bombed British ports across the Channel.

German General Heinz Guderian in a halftrack speaking with General Adolf Kuntzen of the 8th Panzer Division in France -May 1940

German General Heinz Guderian in a halftrack speaking with General Adolf Kuntzen of the 8th Panzer Division in France -May 1940

And yesterday, small vessels of all sizes started to group up at Dunkirk, France to help with the evacuation of Allied troops retreating ahead of the German onslaught.

Continuing to call out for help, Prime Minister Winston Churchill telegrammed Roosevelt requesting for destroyers, stating “…they would play an invaluable part.”

Meanwhile, German forces seem unstoppable as they continue to roll westward.  Capturing Peronne and Saint-Quentin in France 2 days ago as the British Expeditionary Force retreated to port cities including Dunkirk, both German Generals Guderian and Rommel reached the English Channel by last night, cutting off Allied forces in Belgium.  In a failed attempt to take the offensive, 74 British tanks were defeated by Germany’s cunning use of anti-aircraft guns against the tanks.  French forces weren’t successful either as the 9th Army was destroyed yesterday and French General Giraud captured.

guderian-en-ardennes-en-mai-1940 Vatican To Publish War News, And China Fends Off Bombers’

In a surprising move, possibly forcibly persuaded by Mussolini, the Vatican announced that its newspaper publication, the Osservatore Romano, is to issue only war news published by the Italian government.

Meanwhile in China, heading to bomb the city of Chongqing yesterday, 24 Japanese bombers were intercepted by 8 Chinese fighters, shooting down 4 of the attackers

Chinese Air Force Ace Liu Che Sun in front of his I-16 Fighter -1938.

Chinese Air Force Ace Liu Che Sun in front of his I-16 Fighter -1938.

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

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