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June 11, 1942 – Alka-Seltzer News Of The World – NBC – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
June 11, 1942 – It wasn’t revealed until he arrived back in Moscow, but Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov had flown to Washington for a week of secret talks with President Roosevelt, presumably over the much-speculated Second Front. Molotov came from London where he had just signed at 20-year mutual assistance Pact, one of the most extensive and far-reaching in Europe’s history. In addition to President Roosevelt, Molotov was in discussion with Naval, military and high government officials. But not until Molotov was gone and safely back in Moscow that any of the story could be told. Likewise, news of Molotov’s visit to London was finally known and the British population reacted with a combination of shock and realization that it was Molotov who was referred to some circles as “Mr. Smith from abroad”. Although there was considerable concern that Germany would find out, officials were constantly monitoring Berlin radio for any mention of Molotov’s whereabouts. Fortunately, they had no clue.
Also in the news was a report that a much-anticipated German offensive was underway in Southern Russia as well as the continuing assault on Sebastopol by German forces and the high number of casualties the Germans were encountering.
News from Libya was bordering on grave. Britain acknowledged the evacuation of an important desert outpost, which had been under constant assault by German and Italian forces. British supplies were running dangerously low, so rather than surrender, the garrison was abandoned in the dead of night, leaving the Germans with little or nothing of any value.
Back in Washington – news of gas rationing being permanent on the East Coast, starting July 15 as well as a sugar shortage, the worst in over 20 years was announced. The sugar news came in contrast to reports from “experts” who said the sugar supply was so plentiful there was more than could be stored. Someone was not being factual.
And that’s a small slice of what went on, this June 11th 1942 as reported by Alka-Seltzer’s News Of The World for NBC.