Category Archives: WW2 Articles

Daladier, the Strong Man of France (1939)

France’s Prime Minister, Minister of War and National Defence, is one who for years past has played a prominent part in the political life of the great republic.  Here we are told something of his career as told in the … Continue reading

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Odd Facts About the World War 2, 1939 (3)

The Caption in War Illustrated for these articles reads: “Worth Noting Today, and Re-reading in Years to Come” He Gave Hitler Orders A former Austrian army officer, who claims that he often gave orders to Hitler during the Great War … Continue reading

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Himmler – The Man Germany Feared in 1939

Himmler occupied a unique place, and particularly when war began.  The following article is taken from the War Illustrated in 1939; words and phrases reflect the era of 1939 rather than present day. If there is one man in Nazi … 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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Churchill’s WW2 Speech to the Nation October 1939

Reproduced below are the principal passages from Winston Churchill’s eagerly awaited broadcast speech of October 1st – this is a direct word for word copy as appeared in the War Illustrated. The British Empire and the French Republic have been at war with Nazi … 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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Words and Speeches of WW2, 1939 to Remember (6)

A select record from week to week of important war declarations and statements Thursday September 21st President Roosevelt in an address to Congress appealing for the lifting to the Arms Embargo contained in the Neutrality Statement For many years the … Continue reading

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Contraband During WW2

Taken from an original article in 1939. Day and night the blockade of Germany goes on. Not by prowling submarine, but by the far more effective method of contraband control.  Not a ship can reach a German port by the North Sea … Continue reading

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Chamberlain’s Speech on The Peace Offensive 12th October 1939

On October 12th the Prime Minister made his eagerly awaited statement in the House of Commons in reply to the “peace proposals” put forward by Hitler on October 6th.  The most important passage of Mr Chamberlain’s speech – in which … Continue reading

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