Category Archives: 1939

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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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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Words & Speeches of WW2, December 14th to 20th, 1939

Tuesday, Devember 14th, 1939 Mr G.A. Grippenburg, Finish Minister, at a meeting at the House of Lords: I stand before you as a representative of a small, democratic, preace-loving country which overnight, without warning and witout any declaration of war, … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of WW2, 11th to 14th December, 1939

Monday December 11th, 1939 Extracts from White Book issued by Finnish Government, outlining the Soviet’s demands: To make possible the blocking of the Gulf of Finland by artillery from both coasts to prevent enemy warships or transports entering the Gulf … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of November 1939, WW2

Tuesday, November 28th, 1939 Reply to Finnish Government to Russian demand for withdrawal of troops from frontier near Leningrad: It is established that the discharge of cannon shots mentioned in your communication did not take place on the Finnish side. … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches during WW2, November 1939

Monday November 27 1939 Mr Herbert Morrison, MP Leader of the London County Council, in a broadcast: Stage by stage Hitler built up his power. Piece by piece he swallowed up his neighbours. Each time, like the drunkard, he swore … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches during WW2, November 1939

Words That History Will Remember Tuesday November 13th, 1939 M. Paul Reynauld, French Minister of Finance, in a broadcast: Returning two years ago from a visit to Germany. I said to my fellow countrymen: “Hurry up and arm. You have … Continue reading

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War Diary 28th to 31st December 1939

Thursday 28th December 1939 Censorship of Press messages from Moscow reimposed. Fierce hand to hand fighting on frozen Suvanto river near Mannerheim Line. Finns claimed to have wiped out two Russian companies. Reported that Russians have brought troops into Karelian … Continue reading

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War Diary 20th to 27th December, 1939

Wednesday, 20th December Reported that Captain Langsdorf, who commanded ‘Graf Spee’ committed suicide on Tuesday night. Heavy Russian attack in Karelian Isthmus was repulsed. In thenorth Soviet troops checked by snowstorms Us Cruiser ‘Tuscaloosa’ arrived in New York with 579¬†survivors¬†from … Continue reading

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