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April 29, 1941 – Morning News Roundup – NBC Red Network – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
April29, 1941 – German Bombers over England again this day. A two hour raid over Plymouth raining thousands of fire bombs on the town – another night of chaos. Other raids were taking place in Southwest England, South Wales, the South coast of England and East Anglia. Damage was done but sources claimed there weren’t many casualties. One German bomber was destroyed and two others were thought to be shot down. In retaliation, British bombers attacked the French port city of Brest for the twelfth time. German long-range guns along the French coast shelled the Dover area of England for several hours this morning. Reports coming in said a British Daylight raid was taking place, dropping heavy bombs in the vicinity of the German gun emplacements.
Reports from London said the evacuation of troops from Greece was continuing but didn’t give any figures or details. Military spokesmen denied reports that Tobruk was beleaguered or encircled by Axis forces. However, British troops were making advances in Abyssinia near the site of an important aerodrome.
From Berlin came reports that the island of Crete was next on the list of objectives for the German military. The small island was considered a crucial element in staging raids throughout the Mediterranean because of its naval base and landing strip to easily accommodate German bombers. Informed sources were quoted as saying a German occupation of Crete would pose the biggest threat to British near-East strongholds.
From Washington came word that the much-anticipated Soft Coal Strike did not materialize. And that eleventh hour negotiations along with a few nudges from The White House brought about an agreement in principle and that work would continue as the negotiations continued. The feeling on Capitol Hill was a mixture of relief and amazement.
And that’s just a small slice of what went on, this April 29, 1941 as reported by NBC Radio’s Morning News Roundup.