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ROOSEVELT HAS 468 ELECTORAL VOTES; DEMOCRATS INCREASE HOUSE STRENGTH (11/7/40)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 11/7/40 | Arthur Krock, Raymond Daniell, James MacDonald, Hanson W. Baldwin, James B. Reston, P.J. Philip

Posted on 11/07/2010 4:28:51 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” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
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. Also visit our general discussion thread
1 posted on 11/07/2010 4:28:56 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
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Winston S. Churchill, Their Finest Hour

2 posted on 11/07/2010 4:29:51 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

Sad... this country has never recovered from the disaster that was the election and re-elections of FDR.


3 posted on 11/07/2010 4:31:55 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; GRRRRR; 2banana; henkster; ...
A 5,000,000 Margin – 2
M’nary, Wallace Swap Amenities – 2
Popular Vote for the President by States – 3
How the Political Map of the Country Looks on Basis of the Election Returns – 4
Excerpts from the Editorial Comment over the Nation on the Election – 5-7
The International Situation – 8
Joy Voiced Abroad over U.S. Decision – 8-9
Fighting Family Disowns Berlin’s Greek Announcer – 9
Deeper in Albania – 9-10
Nazis in Force Raid London for Hours – 10
Sea Raider Hunt Believed to be On – 11
Losses in Tonnage Serious to Britain – 11-12
Irish will Refuse to Give Britain Bases; Political Issue is Too Risky for De Valera – 12
Canada Sees Gain for Joint Defense – 13
Boy Sends Undershirt to Cheer up His Dog Who Crossed the Continent Involuntarily * – 14
The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the War – 15-16

* In case some of you were worried about Trixie after we posted her story back on October 25 (see image #10), things may be looking up.

4 posted on 11/07/2010 4:32:45 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1940/nov40/f07nov40.htm

British give up Gallabat

Thursday, November 7, 1940 www.onwar.com

In East Africa... The 10th Indian Brigade withdraws from Gallabat after losses to the supporting tanks and in the air. The Italians reoccupy the position.

In French West Africa... Colonel Leclerc leads a Free French force in landings north of Libreville. There is some fighting.


5 posted on 11/07/2010 4:39:12 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/month/thismonth/07.htm

November 7th, 1940

UNITED KINGDOM: Heavy air raids over London and the coast; Southampton and Liverpool also attacked. RAF claim four shot down and admits to losing four.
London: Anna Wolkoff, the daughter of a former Russian naval attache in London, has been jailed for ten years for offences under the Official Secrets Act and the Defence Regulations. Mr Justice Tucker said that she had tried to send a coded letter to Lord Haw-Haw, “a traitor who broadcasts from Germany for the purpose of weakening the war effort of this country.”

Scotland, Pentland Firth: Two Royal Navy patrol vessels are lost to bombs.

Submarine HMS Swordfish is lost to a mine a few miles south of St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight. There were no survivors. Previously, it had been believed that Swordfish was mined off Brest, until July 1983 when the wreckage was discovered in 150 feet of water, showing that it had been lost just a few hours after setting out from Portsmouth. (Alex Gordon)(108)

Minesweeper HMS Bangor commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)

NORTH SEA: A planned attack by German torpedo boats off the coast of Scotland ends when T6 is mined on the East Coast barrage and goes down.

ÉIRE: Dublin: Despite Winston Churchill’s anger, Eire will remain neutral and continue to refuse to allow the use of its ports as British bases, the prime minister, Eamon de Valera, told the ‘Dail’ [parliament] today. He denied rumours that German submarines were being refuelled and re-provisioned in Eire.

“I say it is a lie,” he said. “And I say further that it is known to be a falsehood by the British government itself.” In a speech last week, Churchill spoke of the handicap under which Britain was suffering as a result of being denied naval and air facilities in Eire. He described it as a “grievous burden which should never have been placed on our shoulders”.

The use of Irish ports could extend the range of convoy escorts by several hundred miles, and the fact that Irish ships themselves are being protected is being stressed in a major British propaganda campaign in the United States.

Wanted was the former big RN base at Queenstown, which had been left behind in 1936. Churchill was correct in his assessment of the risk problem; having that old base would indeed have saved hundreds of miles steaming by protective armed escorts, and not having it thereby limited the extent of their protection, which in turn left convoys short of protection at distances quite predictable by U-boat skippers intent on sinking them. Interestingly, it was reportedly none other than the late Lord Mountbatten who, using his uniquely powerful position vis-a-vis both Admiralty and the Royal Family, persuaded British politicians not to push the matter, on the grounds that having given Eire independence inclusive of the base (which astonished the Irish leaders, who fully expected and were willing to have it retained at the time), taking it back during wartime it would only exacerbate future relations between the two nations postwar. (Dave Shirlaw)

GERMANY:

U-553, U-554 launched.
U-551 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)

U.S.S.R.: Soviet submarines M-31 and M-32 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)

FRENCH EQUATORIAL AFRICA: General LeClerc’s Free French forces land near Libreville.

CANADA: Corvette HMCS Saskatoon launched. (Dave Shirlaw)

U.S.A.: The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm.

Submarine USS Gar launched. (Dave Shirlaw)

ATLANTIC OCEAN:

Submarine FS Poncelet sunk off Gabon on 7 November 1940 by sloop HMS Milford.
Submarine HMS Swordfish believed sunk by mine after departing Portsmouth for Brest Patrol. (Dave Shirlaw)


6 posted on 11/07/2010 4:41:28 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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http://worldwar2daybyday.blogspot.com/

Day 434 November 7, 1940

Ahead of landings at Libreville, Free French troops on cargo ships Fort Lamy, Casamance and Nevada arrive off the coast of Gabon, escorted by British cruisers HMS Devonshire and HMS Delhi and sloop HMS Milford. 50 miles Southwest of Libreville, Vichy French submarine Poncelet fires a torpedo which fails to explode at HMS Milford. Poncelet is forced to the surface by depth charges from HMS Milford and bombed by 2 Supermarine Walrus biplanes from HMS Devonshire. As the crew of 60 is taken off by the British ships, Poncelet is scuttled by her captain Commander de Saussine who chooses to go down with his ship.

British minesweeping trawler HMT William Wesney hits a mine and sinks in the North Sea, 13 miles East of Harwich (5 crew killed, 7 survivors rescued by sloop HMS Sheldrake and 2 trawlers). Free French minesweeping trawler Poulmic sinks on a mine near Plymouth (11 crew killed, 7 survivors). British submarine HMS Swordfish leaves Portsmouth to patrol off Brest. As she performs a trim dive, she hits a mine and is blown in half, sinking immediately in the English Channel, 7 miles South of the Isle of Wight (all 39 hands lost). http://www.divernet.com/Wrecks/159214/a_wrecks_diver_dream_of_heaven.html
http://www.oceantreasures.org/videos,hms-swordfish-submarine-ww2-wreck-isle-of-wight-3383.html

7 German torpedo boats depart Trondheim to attack an Allied convoy off Kinnaird Head, Northern Scotland. T.6 sinks in a British minefield 40 miles from the target (T.7 and T.8 rescue the survivors). The remaining torpedo boats return to Trondheim

The war comes to Australia. 6 miles off Wilson’s Promontory, South Australia, British steamer Cambridge (sailing from Melbourne to Sydney) sinks on a mine laid by German auxiliary minelayer Passat. 1 crewman is killed and 57 survivors are rescued by Australian auxiliary minesweeper Orara. http://www.divetime.com/divesites/Oceania_and_Pacific/Australia/Victoria/Wilsons_Promontory/SS_Cambridge_66525.html


7 posted on 11/07/2010 4:44:18 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; CougarGA7
"How the Political Map of the Country Looks on Basis of the Election Returns – 4"

Interesting to compare the 1940 election results...:

...with those of a more recent election, where the Republicans also ran a wishy-washy "moderate" against an known socialist candidate:

What was the big difference?
By 2008, the South had become so desperate for conservatism, they now voted as solidly Republican as in 1940 they had voted Democrat.

For stark contrast, look what happens when Republicans offer up the Real Deal Conservative (i.e. 1980):


8 posted on 11/10/2010 5:58:19 AM PST by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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