Tag Archives: Germany

War Diary October 30th to November 5th 1939

Monday, October 3oth The Admiralty announced that a destroyer flotilla was in action with German bombers south of the Dogger Bank. No damage was done to the ships. Nazi reconnaissance plane was seen over the north-east cost of England. Britain fighter aircraft … 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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Words From WW2 1939 To Remember (3)

A Select Weekly Record of the Most Important War Declarations and statements: Sunday September 3rd 1939 Leaflets distributed by the Royal Air Force in West and North Germany: “Deliberately and coldly the Government of the Reich has forced war upon … Continue reading

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War Diary October 9th to 15th, 1939

Monday 9th October The Admiralty announced that on the previous afternoon a German naval squadron had been sighted by patrol aircraft south west of Norway.  Owing to oncoming darkness the enemy escaped.  There were repeated actions in the North Sea … Continue reading

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Fighting from Foreign Frontier (WW2 1939)

Here is the first eye-witness battle story from the Western Front written by Hester Marsden-Smedley, “Sunday Express” reporter.  She stood under fire in a sandbagged sap at Schengen, just inside the Luxembourg frontier, and watched the French advance towards the … Continue reading

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Leaflets Rain Down on Germany Not Bombs

During the first few days of the war the RAF executed the most finely conceived pamphlet raids over Germany.  Night after night in the first week reconnaissance flights flew over Northern Germany, including the vitally important Ruhr district and dropped … Continue reading

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Sinking of The Athenia

The SS Athenia was launched from Govan shipyards on the Clyde in 1923 and was destined to travel the route from Britain to Canada.   On September 1st 1939 she left Liverpool at 1pm carrying 1,103 passengers with additional crew … 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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Why We Are At War – Part 1

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When Britain went to war in 1914 many reasons were advanced for the tremendous step.  The Primary cause of the War, or course, was the invasion of Belgium, whose integrity and independence we had been pledged to defend since the … Continue reading

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