Non-Aggression Pacts – August 24-25, 1939
Click on link here for Audio player: News for August 24, 1939 From Paris
News of this day – and depending on where you were, it was either August 24th or 25th, was completely taken over by the surprising move on the part of the Soviet Union to enter into a mutual non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. This move effectively paved the way for a German invasion of Poland and the inevitable involvement of Britain, France and the rest of Europe, plunging the continent into World War 2 in only a matter of days. The shock waves of such an unholy alliance between two natural enemies gave one pause to speculate just how long this supposed friendship would last.
Here is a shortwave news broadcast, direct from Paris and broadcast in English, detailing the signing and its speculated outcome for the rest of Europe on this August 24th-25th, 1939. The sound is a bit noisy at times, because Shortwave wasn’t all that reliable at the time. But it’s history and sometimes history just doesn’t sound all that good.