August 3, 1940 – CBS World News Today – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
August 3, 1940 – Air Raids over Britain and Germany as the Summer of 1940 dragged on. In the morning the damage assessment was damage in Bristol, areas of Northeast Scotland, the Midlands, the Southeast and the Bristol Channel. Most damage was done to a town near Bristol and another town in Wales was hit. The exact number of casualties from this latest series of air raids was not known at the time. One Church and one School were reported destroyed.
It was confirmed by Scotland Yard that two prominent Japanese businessmen had been arrested. The fallout was a further strain on already strained relations between Britain and Japan. The suspects were detained by special officers of Scotland Yard under National Defense regulations. Tokyo however, claimed the arrests were pure retaliation for the jailing of British colony members in Japan. A claim that was denied in London. The first man arrested was an importer and shipper who was a resident in London for over 10 years. It wasn’t disclosed who the second man arrested was. Lord Halifax was slated to the Japanese Ambassador to Britain later on this day.
According to reliable sources, Italy was planning an attack near El Alamein, Egypt with an estimated strength of two divisions.
And the British cabinet was being transformed. After several days of speculation and rumor, it was announced the previous night that the War Cabinet now had a sixth member; Lord Beaverbrook, former minister of aircraft production where he was achieving a good record in turning out fighter planes. Beaverbrook was expected to become Minister of Propaganda, with special emphasis on propaganda being directed at Foreign countries. The current Minister of Information, Alfred Duff Cooper was under intense attack by British media and whose position as a result, became untenable.
And that’s just a little what happened in the world, this August 3rd 1940 as reported by CBS Radio’s The World Today.
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