Friday, September 30, 2011

70 Years Ago today 30/09/41

Hamburg: The RAF launches a nighttime raid with 100 bombers.

Russia: As the Wehrmacht onslaught Eastward continues the 2nd Panzer Army under Heinz Guderian attack the Russian towns of Orel and Bryansk.

Leningrad: German forces have been stopped 7 miles from the city. General Zhukov has arrived to organise the defence of the city which ultimately results in the longest and most devastating siege situation of the war.

Kiev: On this day 70 years ago 33,771 Jews were murdered in a ravine outside the Ukrainian capital, now under Nazi occupation. A decision was made by the military governor, Major-General Kurt Eberhard, the Police Commander for Army Group South SS-Obergruppenf├╝hrer Friedrich Jeckeln, and the Einsatzgruppe C Commander Otto Rasch to kill all the Jews of Kiev. In two days (29 Sep - 30) the Jews, who thought they were being resettled were taken to a ravine on the outskirts of the city at a place called Babi Yar and executed by machine gunning. It is thought that the inefficient method of annihilation at Babi Yar which was so costly in terms of manpower and ammunition was one of the reasons the Nazi leadership decided to pursue a more cost effective final solution to the Jewish problem. This of course would take the form of the gas chamber.

A monument to the Babi Yar massacre outside Kiev which occurred 70 years ago today. It was the worst single mass execution of Jewish men, women and children during the holocaust.

8 comments:

Paul said...

Bad luck with the Rugby Ted although overall Ireland have played well in the tournament. I'm pleased for Wales as like Ireland they have played a good game, England however are crap!

Ted Leddy said...

Thanks Paul

It was highly disappointing. An opportunity that may never come again. I didn't see the England match because I went back to bed in a huff. The good will in Ireland toward Wales is remarkable. Everybody wants them to win. I suppose that would make us look that much better. It is not likely but you just never know.

Paul said...

You did the right thing in going back to bed allright! The Welsh will play their hearts out on saturday so fingers crossed!

Paul said...

Just received this text from a Welsh fan, 'there's an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman in a pub...because the Welshman is still in New Zealand'!

Rob Harris said...

I was pretty gutted about Ireland's defeat, thought we would get to the semi's at least but I wish Wales the best!

Reading posts like this reminds about how f&$king insane Europe got, and within living memory at a time when it was quite civilised...

Anonymous said...

Gubu down and out - good bloody riddence!

Paul said...

Dream on Liam!

Anonymous said...

A lot of people looking forward to the return of GUBU, part of my daily routine... when can we expect more?

eoghan