Author Archives: Callie

We Saw The Jewish Pogrom in Germany

Among the reports in the White Paper concerning the treatment of Jews in Germany was one from Mr R T Smallbones, formerly H.M. Consul-General in Frankfurt-on-Main, Mr Smallbones and his daughter, who witnessed the terrible effects of the progrom of … Continue reading

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Graf Spee German Warship is Brought to Bay – WW2 1940

On December 8, 1914, ‘Admiral Graf von Spee’ went down with his flagship at the Falkland Islands.  Twenty five years later the ‘Admiral Graf Spee’ badly battered was driven into port on the same coast. For a hundred days of … Continue reading

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War Diary 8th to 14th February 1940

Thursday February 8th Battle in Karelian Isthmus reaches its ninth day, and Finns were reported to be still standing firm against repeated attacks. Russian battalion which attempted to come to relief of division encircled at Kuhmo, central Finland, was driven … Continue reading

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Mr Chamberlain Speech January 9th 1940

What Are We To Do To Win This War? At the opening of a year which must be fateful in the history not only of our own country, but the whole of Western civilisation. Britain’s Primeminister delivered a speech at the Mansion … Continue reading

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War Diary February 1st to 7th 1940

Thursday February 1st 1940 Reported that battle in Kuhmo sector of Central Finland, in which Finns were attempted to encircle a Russian division, was reaching critical stage. Russian forces said to be entrenching themselves on the front North of Lae Ladoga. Soviet troops launches … Continue reading

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WW2 War Diary January 25th to 31st 1940

Thursday January 25th Russian Objectives north-east of Lake Ladoga still held by Finns after five days and nights of fighting. Enemy also attacked in north at Maerkaejaervi and in Petsamo district, but were beaten back. Soviet planes sank Finnish steamer … Continue reading

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War Diary, January 18th to 24th 1940

Thursday January 18th 1940 Western Front reported mutual artillery action in region west of the Saar. Russian retreated nearly 30 miles on Salla front, reaching vicinity of Maerkajaervi. Finnish communique announced that eleven Soviet bombers had been brought down. Dutch royal decree proclaimed … Continue reading

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War Diary January 11th to 17th, 1940

Thursday, January 11th, 1940 Russians attacked in region of Salla, but were repulsed. German raiders crossed British coastline at points from East Scotland down to Thames Estuary. Anti-aircraft fire and fighter patrols drive them out to sea. No bombs dropped. … Continue reading

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Speeches of WW2, December 20th to 26th, 1939

Wednesday 20th 1939 Admiral Lord Chatfield in a broadcast: Whatever she may say Germany needs a short war, and so her hope is to break the British Navy’s grip on her supplies and to endeavour to defeat us rapidly where … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of WW2, 2nd to 8th December 1939

Saturday, December 2nd 1939 Letter addressed to Mr Rudolf Holst, Permanent Finnish Delegate, to Mr Avenol, Secretary-General of the League of Nations: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, with which Finland, since the signature of the treaty of peace at … Continue reading

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