Skip to comments.BRITISH REPLY TO HITLER NARROWS THE ISSUE (8/31/39)
Posted on 08/31/2009 4:44:12 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Think something is gonna happen tomorrow?
Shortwave radio was invented by Marconi sometime around 1923. It really took off in 1927 or 1928 though. Shortwave reflect off the ionosphere so it allows for a message to be sent anywhere on the earth despite the fact that it has to traverse the curvature. (i.e. Ham Radio)
Nah, Hitler is all hat and no cattle. He wouldn't do anything for real.
I bet Europe erupts in war, America rides in and saves the day and 69-70 years later they all forget and elect a Chamberlain for President who is content on watching a 2nd Holocaust
Three German Army Groups begin the invasion of Poland at 4:45am [10:45 pm 31 Aug in N.Y.-Homer]. Massive strikes by the Luftwaffe destroy vital communications and assembly areas, decimating the Polish air force on the ground. Panzer and motorised divisions make deep penetrations into the Polish defences, using tactics soon to be known as the Blitzkrieg. Officially, the first shots of the war are fired from the 280mm deck guns of the vintage First World War Battleship Schleswig-Holstein. Under the guise of honouring the anniversary of the Battle of Tannenburg, the German Battleship, complete with a hidden cargo of Marine assault troops, was allowed by the Poles to anchor directly off the strategic peninsula of Westerplatte, located at the mouth of the Vistula River in Danzig. At 4:47am, permission was given to the ship to open fire on the island, a strategic point on the Baltic Coast needed to support the troops advancing to the south. Shortly after 4:47am, the ship opened up its massive main guns, firing at near-point-blank range and zero elevation. Needless-to-say, the shells literally pounded the small island, but although the ships guns devastated the target, they inflicted minimal casualties on the Poles stationed within. When the Assault Marines hidden within the Battleship disembarked and launched their main assault on the island, they were repulsed taking heavy casualties. Another assault was launched later in the morning by the Assault Marines after more shelling from the Schleswig-Holstein, but this also ended in heavy German casualties. The Westerplatte would prove impossible to take on the first day of World War 2. Lieutenant Wladyslaw Gnys of 2 Krakow Air Regiment shoots down two Dornier 17 Bombers. These were to be the first German airplanes to be shot down in World War 2.
German battleship Schleswig-Holstein, shelling Westerplatte, 1 September 1939.
. . . and within two minutes photos of the barrage were already being published. Remarkable.
If WWIII begins and the internet for the most part is unhindered... I’m sure the “on the scene / photo reporting within minutes” would be amazing. We do live in fascinating times. Thanks for the ping and the education Homer.
woohoo skunk coats on sale!
again, what was so serious as to need to left side of the paper. Did the NY TIMES seriously think it could have been a bluff?
There are entire Polish army units riding on horseback! They are still ready to fight WW-1, they were not prepared at all to fight WW-2
we had oceanographic cables.
tanks I mean thanks
The misinformation will also spread like wildfire online.
Imagine Oct 19, 2010 ... GOP holds massive generic ballot lead in all polls.
Then “rightwingers” attack the Capitol building and try to set it afire. How do we know they were rightwingers? They were wearing anti-Obama t-shirts and posters (see DNC HQ in Denver).
Minor incidents are reported in dozens of cities.
The media plays it up huge. Holder arrests several GOP staffers and charges them with all kinds of stuff. The President declares a national emergency and shuts down conservative websites and radio talk shows.
Over a weeks time the country.
The Democrats win even larger majorities.
All charges are dropped a day later. The media forgets there was even a ‘national emergency’ in all of the celebration of the massive victory. The GOP is wiped out as a national political entity.
The one-party state is cemented. The media, all of them, calls for an end of multi-party democracy because its divisive and causes violence. Days after the election Obama now presents 6 more SCOTUS nominees, announcing they were expanding the court to reflect modern times.
The last 20 GOP Senators and 55 GOP House members find themselves locked out of the Capitol. The media doesn’t even report it. Controls on the internet and talk radio made permanent, political advertising by the opposition are banned.
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