Tagged: World War 2

Anticipating Invasion

June 30, 1940 – Anticipating Invasion

June 30, 1940 – The news was ominous and hardly upbeat. France had surrendered to Germany only days earlier. Word from Berlin was, the anticipated invasion of Britain could happen within days or weeks. Britons were expecting the worst and were preparing for it. The very young and the very...

March 17, 1942

March 17, 1942 – Yanks In Oz – Enter: The Draft

March 17, 1942 – News Of The World – Gordon Skene Sound Collection March 17, 1942 – War in the Pacific is ramping up. U.S. troops arrive on Australian soil, amid fears an invasion by Japan is imminent. Still, repeated air attacks on Japanese positions are putting a crimp in...

March 16, 1942

March 16, 1942 Defending Fortress India

March 16, 1942 – News of the World – NBC – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – March 16, 1942 – A day where focus of attention was on the Far East and the South Pacific. Word that Sir Stafford Cripps was sent on a mission to bolster support for India,...

Graf Spee – Sea Battles As Spectator Sport – December 14, 1939

Graf Spee – Sea Battles As Spectator Sport – December 14, 1939

Graff Spee – eyewitness accounts – December 14,1939 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – Early on during the war in Europe, over the week of December 14th 1939, an epic sea battle was played out in the waters around Uruguay. The German battleship Admiral Graff Spee had been tracked down...

Closer Than Two Weeks Ago – April 24, 1940

Closer Than Two Weeks Ago – April 24, 1940

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – H.V. Kaltenborn News – April 24, 1940 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. News for this April 24th, 75 years ago was ominous. The German invasion of Scandinavia was having a bigger affect on the war than even...

Twilight Of The Nazi Reich – March 24, 1945

Twilight Of The Nazi Reich – March 24, 1945

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Alex Drier’s Weekly News Analysis – March 24, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection As reports filled the airwaves and people sat glued to their radios this March 24th in 1945, a wave of breathless optimism spread...

State Of The Union In Wartime – January 6, 1945

State Of The Union In Wartime – January 6, 1945

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – President Roosevelt: State Of The Union – January 6, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. This day, 70 years ago, we were still in the midst of a World War. The optimism which followed the Allied invasion...

‘I Shall Return’ – October 20, 1944

Click on the link here for Audio Player – News Of The World – October 20, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection On this day 70 years ago, a promise made by General MacArthur as he was leaving the besieged islands of The Philippines that he would return, became fact....