Wednesday, October 14, 2009

70 Years Ago Today 14/10/39

Scapa Flow, Scotland: A German U-Boat (U47) made its way into the British Naval Base at Scapa Flow under the cover of darkness and struck at 1am sinking the great WW1 era battleship the HMS Royal Oak. 414 of its crew are saved but 810 perish.

Washington DC: Well known isolationist and famous aviator Colonel Charles Lindbergh was criticised severely on this day by many in Washington for his criticism of Canada's involvement in the war. In his comments he questions Canada's right to "draw this hemisphere into a European war because they prefer the crown of England to American independence".

Moscow: Russia refuses to consider Finnish counter proposals for a land exchange on their borders. A war between the Soviet Union and Finland is beginning to look inevitable.

Britain: The 1940 edition of Who's Who magazine is published on this day. Controversy is caused because the paragraph dedicated to Hitler contains four more lines than that on Chamberlain. Its clear the phony war continues.

London: The news blackout is causing the rumour mill to kick in big time. As a result it is feared that Britain is losing the propaganda war as apparently 1 million people a day are tuning into Lord Haw Haw to hear the English language propaganda radio program Germany Calling
William Joyce aka Lord Haw Haw pictured after he was shot and wounded by British soldiers while trying to escape Germany at the end of the war. He was hung for treason in January 1946

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