Category Archives: The War Illustrated

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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Hitler’s SOS to the Jews

This article was published in War Illustrated in October 1939, therefore the phrasing relates to that era and not the current timeline. Who is the enemy of the German Race?  Who sapped the people in the war and ensured their … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill – Nazi Enemy No 1 (1939)

No statesman in British history has held so many positions of high Cabinet rank as the First Lord of the Admiralty. Winston Spencer Churchill comes of a great family, and bears a great name. He is a direct descendant of … Continue reading

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Horses Come Back During WW2

Horses, which for many years had been slowly disappearing from the London streets, had a remarkable ‘come back’ when the rationing of petrol took effect. On certain roads they have been altogether banned, but on September 27th 1939, the Minister … Continue reading

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General Maurice Gustav Gamelin

Although best known for his lack of response to the German aggression, which eventually led to France being invaded, here is an earlier story taken from the War illustrated. Gamelin was born in Paris in 1872, shortly after the France of the … 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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Naval Writer talks about Sinking of HMS Courageous

This is the final story from the series in War Illustrated by crew aboard HMS Courageous on the day she was sunk. Previous stories are linked at the bottom of this page. One of the most dramatic accounts was given … Continue reading

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We were on HMS Courageous when she was hit! (1939)

The following stories are taken from the War Illustrated, October 1939 and are personal stories reported to the magazine about the sinking of the Aircraft Carrier “HMS Courageous”. One of the youngest survivors was Bugler RD Emerson of the Royal … Continue reading

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Eyewitness Story – Sinking of HMS Courageous 1939

This article is taken from The War Illustrated of October 7th 1939.  It is a personal account from the “Eye Witness Stories of Episodes and Adventures in the Second Great War”. I jumped from the sinking “Courageous” Exclusive to the … Continue reading

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Britain’s WW2 Cabinet in 1939

The cabinet in 1939 consisted of the following: Rt. Hon. Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister – Born in 1869, second son of Joseph Chamberlain was appointed Director  General of the National Service in 1916. Postmaster General in 1922, he was … Continue reading

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