Even in Berlin . . .

Christmas In Wartime – December 21, 1939

Even in Berlin . . .

Even in Berlin . . .

Click on the link here for Audio Player: News of the Week for Dec. 21, 1939

Despite news earlier in the week of the sinking of the German Battleship Admiral Graf Spee, Germany was celebrating Christmas, this week in 1939, with a shipment of some 1 million Christmas trees into Berlin. War news, it seemed, wasn’t going to deter anybody from celebrating. The trees were plentiful but the candles weren’t. And since the average German Christmas tree was decorated with candles, as opposed to those new electric lights,  rationing of candles was strict. So the pinch of war was felt despite everything.

But news on other fronts, during this first Christmast Season of War in over 20 years, was less festive. Reports on the internment of the surviving Crew members of the Graf Spee in Montevideo. News of Ireland getting Torpedo boats as a defense measure against German sea attacks. Continued Naval action in the North Sea. A Russian air raid on Finland and reports of action on the Western Front. Japan was set to open the Pearl and Yangtze Rivers to foreign shipping traffic.

That, and a lot more via this wrap up of International News via Mutual reporter Guy Savage for the week ending December 21, 1939.

Probably the last year Christmas was going to be Merry anywhere for a long time.


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5 Responses

  1. Bobby says:

    This sound link seems to be broken.

  2. Jim W says:

    Gordon, to get this file to play correctly, I had to change the extension to .wav, then play in Microsoft’s player, which I re-recorded and converted to mp3. Even as a wav only certain programs seem to be able to play it. I suspect there is an encoding issue as it is totally differently formatted from your usual files.

    • gordonskene says:

      I just checked it and downloaded it (mp3) and it’s fine and runs the full 14:34.Are you hitting “save page as”? It should naturally open up as an mp3.

  3. Jim W says:

    Not sure what happened. Normally, I do a “Save page as” as you mention, then open up the mp3. But this one failed to open and I tried several diff. prog. to play it until I hit on changing the file ext. from mp3 to wav, then it played in Windows Media Player. I then converted it to mp3. Unlike many of your other files, this one was over 150K when it downloaded. I have it anyway and it works. Thanks for getting back.