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Sep 13

NBC Words At War Episode 26 “A Book Of War Letters“

Words At War Episode 26 “A Book Of War Letters“ Released December 14, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “A Book Of War Letters”. A dramatizations of war letters written by men in the armed forces, letters from the camps and fighting fronts. This is the war as American soldiers saw it. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: October 21 WWII Today: July 21 Words at War: The Weeping Wood

Sep 13

World War II Today: September 13

1939 HMAS Hobart and five RAN destroyers leave Australia, bound for Britain.

60,000 Polish troops who are trapped in the Radom pocket surrender.

Germans resume offensive on Warsaw, Poland.

Stained glass in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is removed for safekeeping.

1940 Buckingham Palace again bombed; Royal Chapel wrecked.

5 Italian divisions and 200 tanks in Cyrenaica under Marshal Graziani, cross the Libyan/Egyptian border and advance toward Sidi Barrani in Egypt. The 7th Armoured and 4th Indian Divisions have orders to withdraw as far as Mersa Matruh and then stand and fight.

1941 German High Command announces that Russian POWs will get less rations than other nationalities.

Japanese war games planning the Pearl Harbor raid conclude.

1942 Sixth Army begins its final effort to take Stalingrad.

British desert raids reach Benghazi and Barer. A combined forces attack on Tobruk is also made.

On Guadalcanal, Japanese try to seize Henderson Field, but fail.

In Arctic convoy PQ-18, German aircraft and U-boats sink nine Allied cargo ships.

Nazi-occupied France establishes National Work Service: men 18-50 & single women 21-35 may be conscripted for labor in Germany.

1943 Heavy German counter-attacks by six divisions round Salerno, forces the Fifth Army back to within five miles of beaches. The allies consider an evacuation. The battle for supremacy in the Aegean begins with an Allied raid on Rhodes. WATCH VIDEO

The Chinese Parliament at Kuomingtang, elects General Chiang Kai-shek as President of Chinese Republic.

1944 The U.S. Ninth Army is engaged in heavy fighting as the German garrison keeps up its resistance at Brest.

The Canadians take Coriano Ridge in the Gothic Line.

In Belgium, Canadians cross Leopold Canal and Canal de Derivation, while British cross Meuse-Escaut Canal.

The Russians reach the Polish-Czechoslovak border. The Romanians sign an Armistice with the Russians.

1945 Iran demands the withdrawal of Allied forces.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: September 2 WWII Today: August 5 WWII Today: September 1

Sep 12

NBC Words At War Episode 25 “Ave Duce“

Words At War Episode 25 “Ava Duce“ Released November 30, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “Ava Duce” a radio treatment to the disease known as fascism inspired by and based on three informative books, Fruits of Fascism by Herbert L Mathews, Sawdust Caesar by George Seldes and Balcony Empire by Reynolds and Eleanor Packard. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Words at War Radio Program WWII Today: August 20 WWII Today: July 20

Sep 12

World War II Today: September 12

1939 First Anglo-French Supreme War Council convenes under Chamberlain and Daladier and  agrees to postpone military operations.

In response to the invasion of Poland, the French Army advances into Germany. On this day they reach their furthest penetration-five miles.

The battle of the Vistula bend flares up near Kutno, the last major engagement of the Polish campaign. The Luftwaffe bombs Krzemieniec.

Convoys for merchant shipping are established to counter the U-boats.

1940 Canada’s cabinet introduces Order In Council P.C. 4751, giving Canadian authorities power to imprison disobedient foreign seamen from non-Canadian ships in Canadian ports.

Co-ordination of searchlights and AA guns improves protection of London from air attack. Germans claim that RAF are dropping Colorado beetles over German potato crops.

Italian forces begin an offensive into Egypt from Libya.

Nazis confine 500,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto.

1941 German U-boats sink twenty-two ships in a U.S. convoy headed toward England. The previous day, President Roosevelt ordered U.S. ships to shoot on sight any German subs.

The first snow reported on Russian Front. German forces in the Kremenchug bridgehead across the Dnieper in the Ukraine and advance north to aid in the encirclement of Kiev.

1942 Convoy PQ-18 consisting of 41 merchants sets sail from Loch Ewe in Scotland bound for Murmansk. Since the slaughter of PQ-17 in July the escort system had been radically overhauled, meaning that this convoy had among others and the escort carrier HMS Avenger and 16 destroyers to protect it.

US Fifth Air Force A-20 light bombers first use parachute fragmentation bombs (“parafrags”)—at Buna, New Guinea.

Battle of Bloody Ridge on Guadalcanal begins.

1943 Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Dekanozov arrives in Stockholm on an ill-defined mission. Tipped off that the Russians were open to discussing possible peace terms with the Third Reich, German Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop pleads with Hitler that he be allowed to dispatch an envoy to at least hear what terms Stalin might be willing to offer. Hitler, however, refuses the request and Dekanozov departs for Moscow after waiting four days.

Mussolini, held prisoner by the Badoglio government on the Gran Sasso, is rescued by German paratroopers who land in gliders on top of the mountain. SS major Otto Skorzeny, leads a daring glider attack on the hotel where Mussolini is being held. The Duce is freed and taken to Germany. Hitler signs decrees appropriating Italian industry for German uses as well as annexing the German-speaking regions of northern Italy to the Greater German Reich. The latter violates the undertaking Hitler gave to Mussolini in 1940 that Germany had no territorial ambitions south of the Brenner Pass.

1944 U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II, near Trier.

The German garrison at Le Havre surrenders after very heavy fighting.

German troops evacuate Rhodes and other Greek islands in the eastern Mediterranean.

A German-Hungarian counter-offensive grinds toward Arad and Temesvar in Hungary.

1945 Mountbatten accepts the surrender of all Japanese troops in Southeast Asia.

French troops land in Indochina.

Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Today: September 29 WWII Pin Up: Diana Lewis Words at War: War Tide

Sep 11

World War II Today: September 11

1939 Arrival of first British troops in France officially announced.

Polish submarines ordered to break through to Britain or to be interned in Sweden.

1940 Afternoon attacks on London: 110 killed and 260 injured; Dover suffers worst attack of war.

Dutch SS formed under Dutch Nazi collaborationist Anton Mussert.

1941 Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in which he blamed ”the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration” for trying to draw the United States into World War II.

German order of the day says Leningrad must be taken quickly, regardless of cost. Zhukov takes command of city.

US freighter “Montana” sunk en route to Iceland, none killed.

1942 Heavy RAF raid on Dusseldorf.

Japanese drive halted by Australians at loribaiwa, just 32 miles from Port Moresby.

1943 British 8th Army occupies Brindisi in southern Italy.

German officers captured by the Red Army since the start of the war, form an anti-Hitler association, called the “Bund Deutscher Offiziere”.

1944 American troops enter Luxembourg.

The 15th Scottish Division crosses the Dutch border, east of Antwerp. A bridgehead is established across MeuseEscaut canal.

The U.S. Third Army captures a large part of Maginot Line intact and reach the German border at Trier on the Moselle river.

The 1st French Division occupies Dijon.

US First Army reaches Siegfried Line at German border. At Saulieu, France, official contact is made between Overlord forces (landed in Normandy 6/6/44) and Dragoon forces (landed in southern France 8/15/44); Allied front now runs from the English Channel to the Swiss border to the Mediterranean.

1945 Forty prominent Japanese are arrested for war crimes. Tojo, who ordered the raid on Pearl Harbor attempts suicide.

Take a look at these other WWII Articles: WWII Today: January 20 WWII Today: June 26 WWII Today: August 10

Sep 10

NBC Words At War Episode 22 “To All Hands“

NBC Words At War Episode 22 “To All Hands“ Released November 9, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “To All Hands”. An “amphibious adventure.” A flagship bridge announcer describes the invasion of Sicily to the men below decks who can’t see the battle.

The invasion of Sicily reported by the well known dramatic critic, author and lecturer John Mason Brown now Lieutenant Brown United States Naval reserve.

You will share the experience of the men below deck on the Spelvin for you will hear just as they did John Mason Brown himself in excerpts from his book To All Hands which he subtitled, An Amphibious Adventure. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: WWII Camel Cigarette Ad WWII Today: May 25 Words at War: Paris Underground

Sep 10

World War II Today: September 10

1939 After a formal parliamentary debate, Canada declares war on Germany.

German troops achieve a breakthrough at Kutno and Sandomir and reach the Vistula.

1940 Another heavy night attack (September 10/11) on London, 18 killed; Buckingham Palace damaged.

Hitler decides to postpone Operation Sealion until the 24th September.

1941 British convoy SC-42 (64 ships), sailing from Sydney to the Britain is attacked by a wolf pack of 19 U-boats just south of Greenland between the 10th and 14th September. SC-42 loses 17 merchant ships for 69,813-tons. 2 U-boats, U-207 and U-510 are sunk in return.

The British and Russians demand that Iran expels all Axis nationals with 48 hours.

Japanese begin war games at the naval college in Tokyo in order to develop their strategy for the Pacific.

1942 The Red Army forces attacking from besieged Leningrad fail to break the German lines.

1943 After weeks of prodding by Goebbels, Hitler consents to make a short radio broadcast to the German people on the dramatic events of the summer, particularly in Italy. After paying tribute to his fallen partner Mussolini, Hitler warns his enemies that getting rid of him will not be nearly so simple.

Soviet marines supported by naval units of the Red Fleet recapture the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

German troops occupy Rome and disarm all Italian troops in Italy and Greece.

1944 Eisenhower agrees to Monty’s airborne plan Operation ‘Market Garden’.

The first allied patrol crosses German frontier east of Liege, near Aachen.

The US First Army occupies Luxembourg.

The British make an unopposed landing on the Greek Island of Kythera off the Peloponnese. The Russians enter Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

In Italy, US Fifth Army launches offensive on Gothic Line toward Bologna.

The U.S. Navy begins a two-day bombardment of the Palau Islands in the Pacific.

1945 Vidkun Quisling, the Norwegian Nazi leader, is sentenced to death in Oslo.

1948 American-born Mildred Gillars, the Nazi wartime radio broadcaster known as ”Axis Sally,” was indicted in Washington, D.C., for treason.

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Sep 09

NBC Words At War Episode 21 “Here Is Your War“

NBC Words At War Episode 21 “Here Is Your War“Released November 2, 1943.

NBC and the Council of Books in Wartime bring you Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you “Here Is Your War”, a dramatization of the book by war correspondent, Ernie Pyle. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Words at War: A book of War Letters WWII Today: July 16 WWII Pin Up: Francis Rafferty

Sep 09

World War II Today: September 9

1939 Chamberlain’s Cabinet plans for a 3 year war.

Advance elements of the BEF begin to a arrive in France.

Hermann Goering boasts that Berlin will never be bombed by the enemy.

The 4th Army (von Kluge) captures Lodz and Radom, as the 4th Panzer Division reaches the outskirts of Warsaw. Further penetrations in to the suburbs of Warsaw by the 4th Panzer Divisions are repulsed by the cities defenders.

1940 350 German planes attack London causing fires near St. Paul’s and the Guildhall; heavy casualties in bombed East End school housing homeless Blitz victims.

German guns shell Dover.

Italians bomb Tel Avis, killing 111 people.

1942 Hitler sacks Field Marshal List and takes personal command of Army Group A in the Caucasus, which having been foiled by the Red Army in the western Caucasus, was now meeting increased resistance in its drive towards Astrakhan and Baku.

Open pit burning of bodies begins at Auschwitz in place of burial. The decision is made to dig up and burn those already buried, 107,000 corpses, to prevent fouling of ground water.

A Japanese float plane, launched from a submarine, makes its first bombing run on a U.S. forest near Brookings, Oregon, in retaliation for the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Newspapers in the U.S. voluntarily withhold this information.

1943 The U.S.Major League Baseball commissioner announces that the 1943 World Series will be filmed and a twenty-two minute highlights film will be distributed to the armed forces in the European and Pacific theaters.

All Italian forces within the German-controlled areas of Italy, southern France, Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece are disarmed without opposition and made prisoners of war. Operation ‘Avalanche’ sees the U.S.

Fifth Army land at Salerno, South East of Naples. Taranto is occupied by the British without resistance.

Formation of an anti-Badoglio, Republican Fascist Government is formed in northern Italy.

The Italian fleet leaves Spezia in Northern Italy, en route for Malta, where it surrenders to the Royal Navy.

Iran, under pressure from the allies who occupy the country, declares war on Germany.

1944 General de Gaulle forms a provisional French government that includes Communists.

After being hit by 133 RAF bombs and rockets the day before, the Italian pre-war luxury liner Rex capsizes and sinks off Trieste, where it had been mothballed for much of the war. The Rex was the only Italian ship ever to hold the North Atlantic “Blue Ribbon” for the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing.

1945 Japanese in Korea surrender.

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Sep 08

NBC Words At War Episode 20 “Who Dare To Live“

NBC Words At War Episode 20 “Who Dare To Live“ Released October 26, 1943.

Words At War, the series that brings you radio versions of the leading war books brings you the dramatization of narrative poem, “Who Dare to Live,” by Frederick B. Watt, a lieutenant commander in Royal Canadian navy. Take a look at these other WWII Posts: Words at War: The White Brigade WWII Today: July 11 WWII Today: July 8