October 29, 1941 – The German/Russian friendship pact didn’t last long. Some said it was over before it got started and others said it was over before the ink dried. Whatever it was, Germany was on the move into Russia and hoping to capture Moscow before too long.
That would be another story – one that Winter played a very big part in. As the German armies moved within eyesight, Stalin declared that Moscow would never be occupied and that Russia would have the last word on the subject. Maybe so, but it didn’t prevent the army or the Luftwaffe from doing their level best to overcome resistance. Reports came in that German planes destroyed some 220 trucks 12 tanks and several artillery batteries in and around Moscow. The news from Berlin said the attacks were relentless and were some of the heaviest so far in the war. Large fires were reported to have broken out throughout the city. And reports were said to have heavily bombed Soviet rear lines of communication in the Moscow front, and to have directed numerous attacks against troop concentrations, field positions and tank units. The raids were also accredited with breaking up several railway lines, severely damaging some 79 trains and locomotives. Seven railway stations were claimed to have been completely destroyed. The communique went on to state that, between October 18th and 28th, 15,700 Russians were taken prisoner, and that 13 tanks, 109 cannon and numerous quantities of other raw materials were taken or destroyed.
Meanwhile, German media were relentlessly attacking President Roosevelt over a speech he gave the night before, labeling much of what FDR said to be “riddled with falsehoods”. The attacks continued this day, not only from Press and radio but from government officials, who branded the President as everything from a Political criminal to a lunatic the previous day, the were still at it in full force.
The RAF continued their raids over Germany and parts of Occupied France, hitting some of the large manufacturing centers, putting a dent in Germany’s munitions-making capabilities.
The German communiqué reported that German air attacks scored heavily on British Merchant shipping on its way to England from Gibraltar, sending 14 Merchant ships and the escorting destroyer to the bottom.
And that’s a small portion of what went on, this October 29, 1941 as reported by NBC Radio’s News Of The World.