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August 2, 1940 – CBS World News Today – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
August 2, 1940 – As rumors spread and as the propaganda machine went into overdrive, the threatened invasion of Britain by Germany was taking on an aura not of “if” but “when”.
Showering much of Britain with Propaganda leaflets claiming Hitler was offering his “last appeal to reason”, Germany was actively engaging in the war of nerves, accompanying bombing raids aimed at destroying, not only cities, but morale. The bigger picture was a message to America that Britain was hopeless and the sending of equipment and supplies was fruitless.
American reporters observed that Germany was claiming the installation of multiple lines of artillery along an extended stretch of the occupied French coast. The objective was to establish a 75 mile barrage of German shells against the British east coast. Britain countered by saying a German attempt to create an artillery barrage to support a German landing would be largely ineffective, except along the immediate coast. The British air force doubted the claims as nothing showed up on reconnaissance flights. One more ingredient in the war of nerves.
Meanwhile, mail delivery to British subject stranded in German occupied countries was finally permitted to happen. Although, it was cautioned, delivery of mail to loved ones could take several weeks and letters were to be strictly of a personal nature with no address of the sender being given. But because no communications between warring countries was permitted, Portugal was slated as the neutral recipient of this onslaught of mail.
And that’s just a small portion of the news happening on this second day of August in 1940 as reported by The World Today from CBS Radio.
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