April 27-29, 1942 – Radio Australia – Radio Tokyo – Voice Of China, Chungking – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
Another sweep of the shortwave dial for this late April in 1942. Beginning with Australia Today from Radio Australia. Upbeat news on the positive affect of coordinated Allied air attacks on Japanese bombers over Port Moresby as well as reports on morale of the American troops stationed all over Australia as well as Australian forces who were waiting for the signal to fight an offensive war. Japanese planes downed were increased substantially and a toll on Japanese shipping was being reported.
Meanwhile, Radio Tokyo had a different take on things with hints continuing of an invasion of Australia as well as victories in Burma and the possibilities of opening an Indian front. There was also speculation of a German invasion of Britain and how an Axis victory would look and that Japan was, after all, part of the Axis.
And over to China where news was regarding aid to India and Chinese movements in the Burma campaign and despite advances, the Japanese forces only had a small window of opportunity before rainy season started. And news of a national conference on Medicine and Pharmaceuticals was to be held in Chungking shortly to discuss, among other things, the state of medical supplies in China. There was danger of a shortage and that most of what was available was going to the fighting forces and not the general public. An effort was underway to coordinate domestic production to relieve the potential shortage. But there was still the problem that many much needed medical supplies and pharmaceuticals still needed to be imported – and under the circumstances, that was next to impossible.
That’s a little of what happened via some, at times, difficult-to-listen-to shortwave broadcasts for April 27-29, 1942.
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