July 7, 1939 – The Special Circus: War In China – War In Spain – Peace In Absentia –

Spanish refugees in Paris. And with war comes armies of shattered and displaced.
Spanish refugees in Paris. And with war comes armies of shattered and displaced.
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Mutual Broadcasting – Raymond Gram Swing and The News – July 7, 1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Even though we were still months off from the start of the War in Europe in 1939, there were enough skirmishes, uprisings, rebellions, civil wars and upheavals to make one wonder if in fact the war hadn’t already started.

Certainly in China it had. This July 7th in 1939 saw the second year of the start of the Sino-Japanese War, with news that the site of Japanese Army dead was having a bad effect on the population, and that the Japanese civilian was getting sick of it.

And even though Japan was blaming Russia, France and the U.S. for inflaming the situation, Japan was holding on to captured lands in China with determination.

And the Spanish Civil War was drawing to a close, after several years and an untold number of dead, an uncountable number of towns and cities destroyed and a nation torn apart at the seams via ideologies. The Spanish Civil War was triggered by a complex range of events that were highly significant not only for the future of Spain, but also for the development of European politics in 20th century. Far from being just an internal event, the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 also had a great deal of global influence, attracting left-wing volunteers from all over the world to help defend the constitutionally-elected Second Republic government from the coup d’etat of nationalists led by General Francisco Franco, who was supported by Hitler and Mussolini.

All situations and tragedies unfolding or drawing to a sad and somewhat temporary close.

Temporary until the next crisis drove the world to the bring of insanity one more time.

And that’s what was going on, this July 7th in 1939 as reported by Raymond Gram Swing over the Mutual Radio Network.

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