Skip to comments.COLUMBUS CREW HELD AT ELLIS ISLAND; CAPTAIN OF GRAF SPEE KILLS HIMSELF (12/21/39)
Posted on 12/21/2009 5:25:02 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
Happy On Arrival 2-4
Tuscaloosa Sailors Give a Vivid Picture Of the Quick Scuttling of the German Liner 4
British Ask Uruguay To Intern Tacoma 5
The International Situation 5
Fierce Battle On 6-8
Kings Christmas Card Pictures Air Force Plane 8
Stalins Birthday Eclipses the War 9-10
Six Finnish Planes Fight Off 11 Bombers In Furious Melee Over Mannerheim Line 9
Langsdorff Ends His Life With Shot 11-12
Langsdorff Veteran of the German Navy; Fought at Jutland During the World War 12
British War Orders Total £225,000,000 - 12
Ive learned more about the soviet invasion of Finland from your posts than I learned anywhere else in my life. So neat to see the paper talk about the war between Germany and the “Allies” and the war between soviets and Finland as a separate issue. (Meaning the soviets are not part of the allies)
The page 9 quote from the Finnish person was classic. Something like “We hear all this reporting about the Graf, why are they not reporting more on what has happened here?”
The way this invasion has been handled by historians makes me wonder if it was intentional so as not to make the communists look bad.
The page 9 quote from the Finnish person was classic. Something like We hear all this reporting about the Graf, why are they not reporting more on what has happened here?
Here it is:
"We hear a lot of the sinking of the Graf Spee and other details about the imperialist war but very little of ours," others remark. "What is wrong?"
And that is the Russian man in the street - not the Finn. It's funny. I see a drop off in number of views when the headline is about Finland. The same thing happened when I posted headlines about the Spanish civil war. Very little interest. Ditto the Japanese-Chinese war. I guess people want to read about their own neighborhood.
Hitler and Stalin exchange greetings
Thursday, December 21, 1939 www.onwar.com
From Berlin... Hitler sends greetings to Stalin on his 60th birthday. The telegram reads: “To Joseph Stalin: Best wishes for your personal well-being as well as for the prosperous future of the peoples of the friendly Soviet Union. Adolf Hitler.”
From Moscow... Stalin responds to the message sent by Hitler: “To the Chancellor of the German Reich, A Hitler. The friendship of the peoples of Germany and the Soviet Union, cemented by blood, has every reason to be lasting and firm.”
In the Winter War... The main Soviet attacks against the Mannerheim Line, around Summa, continues with less force. Finnish forces stage a successful counterattack at Kemijarvi, driving Soviet forces back some 20 miles.
In France... The French government Yellow Book is published, dealing with prewar diplomacy.
In Britain... The Canadian 1st Division conducts its first ceremonial parade at Aldershot.
December 21st, 1939
Destroyer HMS Kimberley commissioned.
Corvette KNM Andenes (ex-HMS Acanthus) laid down.
AA cruiser HMS Spartan laid down.
Destroyer HMS Lauderdale laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
GERMANY: Commander s.g. F. H. Kjøllsen is appointed the 1st Danish Naval Attaché at the Royal Danish Legation in Berlin.
U-71 laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
FINLAND: The army stages a successful counter-attack at Kemijarvi.
U.S.S.R.: Stalin celebrates his 60th birthday. He receives a telegram
To Joseph Stalin: Best wishes for your personal well-being as well as for the prosperous future of the peoples of the friendly Soviet Union. Adolf Hitler”
He sends one back to Hitler
To the Chancellor of the German Reich, A Hitler. The friendship of the peoples of Germany and the Soviet Union, cemented by blood, has every reason to be lasting and firm.
PARAGUAY: Montevideo: The British Naval Attache reported to London that merchant seamen prisoners on board the ADMIRAL GRAFF SPEE had noticed a continually revolving “rangefinder” on top of the superstructure. (Peter Beeston)
U-21 sank SS Carl Henckel, Mars and HMS Bayonet.
U-46 sank SS Rudolf. (Dave Shirlaw)
Some of it is lack of available information. I’m finding out that there are many former Soviet archives from World War II in Russia that still have not been opened up to scholars. And once they are it will take time before they are translated for our consumption. I’d be willing to bet many of the Soviet documentation on the Winter War that still exists (much I’d bet has been destroyed) is still in these sealed archives.
Civil defence officials point out that lighting restrictions also apply to Christmas lights.
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin 60 today
Probably cold in 323 right now... :)
Yeah, probably so. What I’m trying to figure out is why I’m not still asleep.
Lepke, or “Judge Louis” as he was known on the Commission, had been in hiding for several years, having Murder, Inc. whack any potential witnesses against him on any case arising out of his labor racketeering in New York. His surrender to the Feds on narcotics charges was arranged by the mob, and handled by Walter Winchell. Lepke's surrender was taken personally by J. Edgar Hoover. Lepke apparently believed he would get a minimum sentence, and face no N.Y state charges as a result of the ‘deal’. He was wrong.
Lepke was eventually brought back to New York, and tried and convicted with his partner,’Gurrah’ Jake Shapiro, enforcer, “Mendy” Weiss, and one of the Murder, Inc. boys, Louis Capone [no relation to Al] for various crimes, including the murder of one Joe Rosen. He is the only major crime boss, executed in the United States [by the government, that is].
"Six Finnish Planes Fight Off 11 Bombers In Furious Melee Over Mannerheim Line 9"
"This afternoon I witnessed the most spectaculoar dog-fight I have seen in any war -- a fantastic sight. It lasted for half an hour. Six Finnish planes engaged eleven Soviet planes, most of them bombers. Like a Hollywood film battle, it started in wild melee with sweventeen planes diving, zooming,k sideslipping and sputtering machin-gun bullets.
"Witnessing this battle convinced me that the Finns have some extraordinary fast pursuit planes with skillful, courageous pilots. Several times I saw Finnish plan es pursue, even gain on the Soviet [planes, even zoom up under a Russian plane a few times, gaining on it while climbing."
"At the beginning of the Winter War, the Finnish Air Force was equipped with only 17 bombers and 31 fighters. There were also 54 liaison aircraft but 20 of these were only used for messengers.
"The most modern aircraft in the Finnish arsenal were the British-designed Bristol Blenheim bombers that had been license-built in Finland.
"The primary fighter aircraft was the Fokker D.XXI, a cheap but maneuverable design with fabric-covered fuselage and fixed landing gear.
"On paper, this force should have been no match for the attacking Soviet Red Air Force."
Fokker D XXI planes of the Finnish Air Force during WWII.
Soviet SB-2 bombers appears on the sky above Helsinki, the capital of Finland, November 30, 1939.
The most common Soviet aircraft in the skied over Finland was the Tupolev SB-2.
The british Bristol Blenheim light bomber has landed on 25 February 1940 in the frozen lake of Jukajärvi near Juva village. Horses tow the plane to shore for cover.
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