September 8-9, 1940 – Europe Engulfed – The Air War Over Britain – The Air War Over Germany – Raids Over Malta
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September 8-9, 1940 – News reports from the BBC Home Service, Shortwave relay to America – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
September 8-9, 1940 – News for this set of days had much to do with the Air War over Britain and events unfolding throughout Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East and as far east as French Indochina.
First and foremost were reports on German raids overnight in the UK which did varying degrees of damage and caused comparatively light (although probably downplayed as would be the case) casualties. Followed by reciprocal raids over Berlin and industrial centers throughout Germany and occupied France.
News regarding the recently deposed King Carol II of Yugoslavia and the attack on his special train by members of the Iron Guard resistance group, en route to Lugano Switzerland.
Italian air force raids on the British island of Malta in the Mediterranean along with stepped up attacks from Italy on Egypt, with an invasion underway. The invasion by the Italian 10th Army (10ª Armata) ended border skirmishing on the frontier and began the Western Desert Campaign (1940–1943) proper. The Italian strategy was to advance from Libya along the Egyptian coast to seize the Suez Canal. After numerous delays, the scope of the offensive was reduced to an advance as far as Sidi Barrani and the engagement of any British forces in the area.
The 10ª Armata advanced about 65 mi (105 km) into Egypt against British screening forces of the 7th Support Group (7th Armoured Division) the main force remaining in the vicinity of Mersa Matruh.
A treaty was being negotiated between Vichy France and Japan over the issue of French Indochina which Japan was eager to take possession of.
French Political figures Edouard Daladier, Paul Reynaud and Maurice Gamelin were arrested by German authorities.
And that’s only a tiny fraction of what was going on in Europe between September 8 and 9, 1940 as reported by the BBC Home Service and broadcast overseas.