Tag Archives: 1939

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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War Diary 14th to 19th December, 1939

Thursday, 14th December German pocket battleship ‘Admiral Graf Spee’, badly damaged, took refuge the preceding night in Montevideo harbour, and was granted permission to stay for 48 hours. Five British cruisers waited outside harbour. Five Messerschmitt fighters shot down in … Continue reading

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War Diary 13th to 18th November, 1939

Monday, November 13th RAF fighter aircraft repulsed a German raider over the East Coast. Two attacks on the Shetlands were made by enemy aircraft, which were driven off by anti-aircraft gunfire. Bombs were dropped, the first time in this war … Continue reading

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War Diary November 6th to November 12th, 1939

Monday, November 9th French High Command announced that in a violent fight over the Western Front between 27 German and 9 French fighters, 9 enemy machines were brought down, 7 behind the French lines. The French suffered no loss. Molotov, … 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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Poetry During WW2, 1939 Part 1

The following Poetry was written during the war, dates and the poets names are given where known: 1939 By Humbert Wolfe in The Observer It darkens.  In the marsh the Goth and Vandal Have set their camp-fire burning. England waits. … 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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War Diary October 16th to 22nd, 1939

Monday October 16th German troops launched an attack on a four-mile front immediately east of the Moselle. They were halted by French gun-fire. The enemy attacked later along a 20-mile front east of the Saar. French out-posts retired, according to … Continue reading

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Rescued from HMS Royal Oak, WW2, 1939

In the early hours of October 14, 1939, when the battleship ‘Royal Oak’ was torpedoed in the harbour at Scapa Flow, 810 officers and men lost their lives.  Those who managed to survive the ordeal had great difficulty in reaching safety, as it shows … Continue reading

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