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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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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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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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Bulletts Whistled Past my RAF Parachute (1939)

This eye-witness report below came from an RAF Gunner who parachuted out of his plane when it was brought down over No-man’s Land during 1939. From his bed from an RAF medical receiving station hiden away in the woods ‘somewhere … Continue reading

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British Expeditionary Force Heads to France 1939

On September 12th it was offically announced that British troops were in France, but they had not seen any action.  Troop trains arrived at British ports in quick sucession from many parts of England and Scotland, as transport ships of … Continue reading

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Why We Are At War – Part 2

>> continued from Part 1 << With what apprehension, then, and later with what hooror, did the outside world discern the phoenix-like growth in Germany of something which was all too plainly akin to the Prussianism which is was belieed the … Continue reading

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