Skip to comments.GERMANS REPORT FALL OF SMOLENSK, BUT RUSSIANS DENT FOE’S LINE THERE (7/18/41)
Posted on 07/18/2011 5:29:05 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Japanese PM shuffles Cabinet
Friday, July 18, 1941 www.onwar.com
In Tokyo... Prince Konoye re-forms his Cabinet with Baron Hiranuma as deputy prime minister and Admiral Toyoda as foreign minister. Already personally unpopular, Matsuoka is removed because he has been urging that the Neutrality Agreement with the Soviets should be abandoned and that Japan should join with Germany in the attack on the USSR. The other Japanese leaders do not wish to take such a decisive step, and have decided that without Matsuoka and his known liking for Hitler they have a better chance of reaching an agreement with the US over the pressing problem of oil resources.
In London... Britain formally recognizes the Benes government as the legal provisional government of Czechoslovakia. A friendship and mutual assistance agreement between the Czechs and the Soviets is signed in London.
July 18th, 1941
UNITED KINGDOM: RAF Bomber Command: 2 Group: ‘Channel Stop’ 3 Blenheims of 21 Sqn. attack a 6,000-ton ship in the Channel. No damage done, but one Blenheim lost to Flak.
Britain formally recognizes the Benes government of Czechoslovakia. A mutual assistance agreement is signed in London between the Czechs and the Soviets.
GERMANY: U-703 is launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.S.R.: Moscow: the USSR signs a friendship treaty with the Czech government in exile.
JAPAN: Prime Minister Prince Konoye Fumimaro reshuffles his government, excluding the pro-Axis foreign minister, Yosuke Matsuoka and replacing him with Vice Admiral Chyoda Teifiro. (Jack McKillop)
CHINA: Over 35,000 pro-Japanese soldiers attack the New Fourth Army’s stronghold in Kiangsu.
CANADA: Corvettes HMCS Algoma and Shediac arrive Halifax from builders in Montreal and Quebec City respectively. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Washington: The House committee investigating problems of migratory labour was informed by Corrington Gill, assistant commissioner of the Works Progress Administration, that, despite the nation’s defence production program, 5,000,000 persons will remain unemployed this year.
Dr. Robert C. Weaver, chief of the branch of Negro employment and training of the Office of Production Management, complained that preferential treatment was being given to white labour. He charged that employers holding national defence contracts had refused to employ available Negro labour. In his evidence he complained of “some instances of discrimination against Jews and workers of Russian and German parentage.”
The motion picture “The Shepherd of the Hills,” based on Harold Bell Wright’s novel, is released in the U.S. Directed by Henry Hathaway, the film stars John Wayne, Harry Carey, Beulah Bondi, Majorie Main and Ward Bond. Young Wayne, an Ozark Mountain moonshiner, hates the father who deserted him and left his mother to die. Then a stranger (Carey) arrives and begins to positively affect the mountain people. (Jack McKillop)
In U.S. baseball the day after Joe DiMaggio’s 56 consecutive game hitting streak ended, the New York Yankees again play the Cleveland Indians and DiMaggio begins a new hitting streak by getting a single and a double off Indians’ ace pitcher Bobby Feller in a 2-1 loss; he goes on to hit in 16 consecutive games before being stopped, giving him hits in 72 of 73 games. When the season ended, DiMaggio had a .357 average, a .643 slugging average, 193 hits, 43 doubles, 11 triples, 30 home runs and a league-leading 125 RBIs. He struck out just 13 times in 541 at-bats. Years later, DiMaggio said, “Stopping that streak at 56 games cost me thousands of dollars. If I had gone to 57, Heinz (ketchup) and their 57 varieties would have paid me US$10,000 (US$117,647 in year 2000 dollars) to start an ad campaign and I might have been their spokesman for years.” Yankee catcher and Hall of Famer Bill Dickey said of DiMaggio, “He gave the most consistent performance under pressure I have ever seen.” (Jack McKillop)
The brief bit about the Jews meeting their fate from the nazis is chilling to me.
Awesome posts. Keep them coming. Very interesting reads.
Hitler (second from left) and Mussolini (right) visiting captured Soviet fortress of Brest-Litovsk, July 1941. Note on fender of the car is a badge of 45. Infantry Division
Street fighting in Dunaburg (Latvia) July 1941
German motorcycle recce patrol in action-July 1941
A group of Spanish and Portuguese officers are inspecting captured Soviet heavy tank KW-1 in Leningrad area, 1941
German troops patrolling the railroad line, Russia 1941
"Ivan, come on"-German soldiers try to get out a Soviet crewman of a T-34/76 Model 1940 tank.
German tanks of the 11th Panzer Division in the Ukraine-Summer of 1941
Cavalry squadron from the 1st Cavalry division-White Russia July 1941
A destroyed Soviet armored train in Byelorussia July 1941
German soldiers preparing combat positions in a White Russia town. July 1941
A 47mm Pak 181(f)AT gun from 17th or 18th Panzer Division in firing position.
German troops from the infantry regiment (mot) Grossdeutschland crossing the Soviet border on captured railway bridge June 22nd, 1941
After seeing the Russian movie “Brest Fortress”, this pic hits home.
I can't find the item you are referencing. Can you steer me to it?
Thanks. But be sure to come back for a second look if Larry381 hasn't posted his photos by your first visit. Speaking of awesome.
It’s in the “Scorched Earth” article. Per usual, the Nazi propaganda points the finger at the Jews.
You weren’t kidding; now I have to go back to earlier posts. Yay!! Thanks again.
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