Monthly Archives: August 2011

War Diary October 2nd to October 8th 1939

Monday October 2nd M Munters, Latvian Foreign Minister arrived in Moscow at the invitation of Molotov. A Soviet military mission arrived in Tallinn, Estonia to discuss mutual relations. RAF planes flew over Berlin during a night reconnaissance flight. The French … Continue reading

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Siege and Fall of Warsaw September 1939

As reported in 1939: After they had bombed and shelled Warsaw for nearly three weeks, the German High Command on September 27th announced that in future the city would be a military objective.  At the outbreak of war, said their … Continue reading

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Hitler Gives RAF Pilot a Headache! (1939)

During Reconnaissance flights made by the RAF on the Western Front numberless “dog fights” with German aircraft took place.  One of the most thrilling of these, when five RAF machines encountered 15 Messerschmitt fighters, was described in a Ministry of … Continue reading

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Tell Your Story About WW2

  Do you have a family story to tell about the war?  It can be home or abroad.  If you would like to write an article or share then please visit our Contributions Page to see how.  If you have … Continue reading

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Journalist William Forrest Arrested as a German Spy – 1939

Crossing into Romania in the wake of the retreating Polish Government and the diplomatic corps came the newspaper correspondents.  Among them was William Forrest, of the “News Chronicle”, who tells how, in the general panic, he and an American colleague … Continue reading

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We Were Saved by RAF Flying Boats (1939 WW2)

The article is a copy originally run by the “Daily Telegraph” in September 1939.  It is a joint account of the rescue of the crew of the ‘Kensington Court’ told first by the Master, Captain J Schofield, and then by … Continue reading

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Fighting from Foreign Frontier (WW2 1939)

Here is the first eye-witness battle story from the Western Front written by Hester Marsden-Smedley, “Sunday Express” reporter.  She stood under fire in a sandbagged sap at Schengen, just inside the Luxembourg frontier, and watched the French advance towards the … Continue reading

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How We Escaped From Poland

As the Germans approached Warsaw there was an increasing exodus from the capital.  This personal account of dangers endured on the way to Romania by 1,500 refugees was sent by Mr J Crang, “News chronicle” Warsaw correspondent, to his paper … Continue reading

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War Diary September 25th to Sunday October 1st 1939

Monday September 25th Polish resistance continued in Warsaw and Modlin with appalling loss of life and destruction to buildings. French artillery began the first bombardment of the Rhine fortifications. There were air battles in the Saar region. The Zeppelin base at Friedrichstafen, … Continue reading

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