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RUSSIA SCRAPS PACT WITH FINLAND (11/29/39)
Microfiche-New York Times archives, McHenry Library, U.C. Santa Cruz | 11/29/39 | G.E.R. Gedye, Vyacheslaff M. Molotoff, Robert P. Post

Posted on 11/29/2009 5:26:00 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: milhist; realtime; worldwarii
Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
Reading assignment: New York Times articles delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime”.)
To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by freepmail. Those on the Realtime +/- 70 Years ping list are automatically enrolled. Course description, prerequisites and tuition information is available at the bottom of Homer’s profile.
1 posted on 11/29/2009 5:26:01 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
On 29.XI.39 the following entry was made in the war diary of Admiral Doenitz: “Following the report that U.47 had torpedoed a cruiser, Propaganda claimed a sinking. From the service-man’s point of view such inaccuracies and exaggerations are undesirable.

Winston S. Churchill, The Gathering Storm

2 posted on 11/29/2009 5:26:45 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; GRRRRR; 2banana; henkster; ...
Crisis Sharpened – 2-4
The International Situation – 3
Washington Is Alert to Finland’s Peril; Observers Doubt Soviet Wants to Fight – 4
Text of the New Note From Russia to Finland – 5
Finland Prepares Reply to Moscow – 6-7
Lack of Iron Delays Work On St. Peter’s in Rome – 7
Ark Royal Believed Seen At Port in West Africa – 8
Cruiser is Claimed As U-Boat Victim – 8-9
Intense Sea Hunt on For Nazi Raider – 9-10
Incidents in European Conflict – 11
Merchant Ships Sunk in War - 11
3 posted on 11/29/2009 5:27:54 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Soviets break off relations with Finland
Wednesday, November 29, 1939 www.onwar.com

In Moscow... The Soviet government breaks off diplomatic relations with Finland. Molotov warns that the Red Army must be prepared for any eventuality.

In Helsinki... The Finnish government offers to enter into renewed discussions over the territorial dispute, suggesting conciliation or arbitration, in accord with the non-aggression treaty.

In Britain... It is reported that the chancellor has received family jewels, gold and gifts from foreigners to help finance the war effort.

In Madrid... The Spanish government ratifies a friendship pact with Germany, including secret clauses allowing Germany to use Spanish ports and promising cooperation on police and propaganda.

In the North Atlantic... The German freighter Idarwild is sunk by the British warship Diomede off the coast of the United States. The USS Broome had been following the Idarwild until the British warship arrived. The Broome does not intervene in the destruction of the freighter. American behavior in this incident goes unchallenged by Berlin.

In Washington... Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, informs the press that the United States is prepared to mediate the dispute between Finland and the USSR.

In the United States... Fritz Kuhn, the leader of the German-American Bund, is found guilty of grand larceny and forgery.


4 posted on 11/29/2009 5:33:05 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Diomede_(D92)

HMS Diomede was a Danae class cruiser of the Royal Navy. Constructed at Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, she was constructed too late to take part in World War I and was consequently completed at the Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth. Between the wars, she served on the China Station, Pacific waters, East Indies Waters and from 1936 onwards, in reserve. In World War II she performed four years of arduous war duty, during which time she captured the German blockade runner Idarwald. Between 22 July 1942 and 24 September 1943 she was converted to a training ship at Rosyth Dockyard. In 1945 she was placed in reserve and scrapped a year later.


5 posted on 11/29/2009 5:34:31 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Hmmmmm. OnWar seems to be in error regarding HMS Diomede and the Idarwald. That event didn’t happen until 1940

5 Dec 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepts the German passenger / cargo ship Idarwald (5033 GRT) off Cape Corrientes, Cuba. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her crew and finally sinks on December 9th.

http://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/1205.html

Also another account of the Rawalpindi sinking at the uboat.net website.


6 posted on 11/29/2009 5:41:33 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

A little off topic, but this caught my eye:

Big flavorful cocktails from $0.25

Inflation stinks!


7 posted on 11/29/2009 5:48:28 AM PST by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Oh come on, this is all a conspiracy...FDR needs to show his manhood to get re-elected. Germany, Japan, they will NEVER threaten us - they told us that.
(spoken like a true liberal)


8 posted on 11/29/2009 6:26:10 AM PST by BobL (Real Men don't use Tag Lines)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

the hunt for the pocket battleships in the pre-radar era. within a short while radar makes the whole concept of surface raider obsolete, and really destroys the submarine srtategy as well/


9 posted on 11/29/2009 6:59:16 AM PST by beebuster2000
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Nazis Killed Thaelmann, London Paper Declares

This story is pretty interesting. In the text of it we have that he was executed, died in prison, and released.

None of these are true. Ernst Thaelmann who was a former Social Democrat who became the leader of the Communist Party in Germany was arrested in 1933 and stayed incarcerated for eleven years before he was finally executed in Buchenwald concentration camp on August 18th 1944.

As of right now he is still alive and well in prison awaiting his trial that will never come.

10 posted on 11/29/2009 9:46:08 AM PST by CougarGA7 (My tagline is an honor student at Free Republic Elementary School.)
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