Wednesday, October 28, 2009

70 years Ago Today 28/10/39

Prague: Six months after the Nazis marched into Czechoslovakia the Czechs are seeing the full ferocity of the occupation. Today is the 20th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia which has prompted demonstrations from nationalists and students. This led to violent clashes with German troops in which at least one Czech student was killed and over 3000 were arrested.

Bratislava: Joseph Tiso, becomes the Fascist leader of puppet Slovakia.

Scotland: A German bomber has been shot down in what is thought to be the first enemy plane shot down over mainland Britain. The Heinkel He111 was shot down by RAF fighters. Two of the German crew were killed and two have become prisoners of war.

France: It has been reported that the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) which has been sent to France to fight the Germans, is equipped with food and equipment for its 200,000 troops to last 46 days. Although they have not yet fired a shot the British appear confident that they can handle an any attack from the German army.

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