Skip to comments.ROOSEVELT ASKS THAT TRAINEES BE RETAINED; RUSSIANS REPORT LINES ARE HOLDING FIRMLY (7/22/41)
Posted on 07/22/2011 5:38:48 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
* Private advices received last night by THE NEW YORK TIMES from a European capital reported that General Erwin Rommel, Commander of the German African Corps, had been recalled from Libya to collaborate with General Field Marshal Siegmund List in mapping the German campaign in Russia.
Anything to this?
Italians locate British convoy
Tuesday, July 22, 1941 www.onwar.com
In the Mediterranean... Part of the Operation Substance convoy is located by Italian planes but the Italian fleet stays in port, expecting only a repeat of the previous carrier operations to fly planes to Malta.
July 22nd, 1941
UNITED KINGDOM: Minesweeper HMS Ardrossan launched.
Destroyer HMS Cowdray launched.
Corvette HMS Fritillary launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
GERMANY: Berlin: The German News Bureau (DNB) reported:
On Sunday night through to Monday morning the German Luftwaffe launched its first grand assault on the Soviet capital. A responsible authority in Berlin confirms that large numbers of bombers wings mounted an extremely vigorous attack. The raids continued for several hours without let-up, we believe from sunset until dawn. the German aerial attack on Moscow appears to confirm that the German Luftwaffe has now been successful in setting up takeoff bases inside the conquered Russian territories. These bases are well situated for its bomber missions so that the bombers are now only a few hundred miles from Moscow and can make intensified attacks on the Soviet capital.
The Wehrmacht High Command announced:
The breakthrough operations of the German Wehrmacht and its allies have broken the Soviet defensive front into disconnected groups. Despite tenacious local resistance and dogged counter-attacks, any unified conduct by the enemy is no longer discernible. Operations to smash and annihilate the individual Soviet armed forces groups, are continuing without let-up along the entire Eastern Front. Last night the Luftwaffe attacked Moscow for the first time in retaliation for the Bolshevik air raids on the open capital cities of our allies, Bucharest and Helsinki. Strong German bomber formations with good ground visibility made relay bombing raids on military installations in the Soviet Russian communications and munitions centre in Moscow. Direct bomb hits started countless conflagrations and wide-spreading fires in the Kremlin district and around the Moskva river bend. High ranking Soviet headquarters buildings and government offices have been destroyed or badly hit, as have supply factories.
U-450 laid down.
U-117, U-171 launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.S.R.: The Axis armies pause in their advance, having conquered 700,000 square miles of Russian territory.
Moscow: The Soviet Information Bureau reported:
Yesterday evening Moscow experienced its first air attack of the war. The sirens sounded at 10:00 P.M. after lookout men had reported more than 200 German bombers flying toward Moscow. Soviet night interceptor planes and antiaircraft batteries went into action and succeeded in forcing the bulk of the attackers to turn back before reaching the capital. Only isolated German-Fascist aircraft succeeded in breaking through and released a number of bombs that destroyed dwellings or set them on fire, but no military targets were hit. There were several dead and injured. Night interceptors and anti-aircraft guns destroyed 17 German aircraft.
FINLAND: While the Finnish attack in Karelia is in progress (often against heavy Soviet resistance), Colonel Ruben Lagus, the commander of the 5th Div., is nominated the first recipient of a new decoration, the Mannerheim Cross (2nd class). (Mikko Härmeinen)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Italian planes locate part of the Convoy of Operation Substance which left Gibraltar yesterday. The Italian Fleet stays in port, expecting a ferry flight of aircraft to Malta.
The Italian sub Alagi heard the convoy of Operation Substance but could not attack while the sub Diaspro fired 4 torpedoes to the Ark Royal and HMAS Nestor but missed. 8 SM79s torpedo bombers and 15 bombers (SM79 and Cant Z1007) take off from Sardinia to attack the convoy but failed to find it. (Andrea Galliano)
EGYPT: Cairo: Lyttleton makes several concessions to de Gaulle. General Dentz and several Vichy French officers should be segregated, if necessary, in Palestine; that the British government should not intervene in political and administrative affairs in Syria; and that it would ‘protect the historical interests of the French in Syria.’ de Gaulle proposes a new application of the armistice convention. He also suggests that the British should limit themselves to ‘the military operations against the common enemy.’ Lyttleton agrees on behalf of the British.
JAPAN: Tokyo: The new foreign minister, Teijiro Toyoda, reaffirms Japan’s alliance with Germany and Italy.
Corvette HMCS Brandon commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Destroyer USS Harding laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
.......................The president placed responsibility in the premises (that the army will disintegrate without extending the statutory one year service) solely upon the legislative branch. He avoided in asking for any particular language or form of measure. He expressed hope, however, that Congress would “acknowledge” a state of national emergency, either for a specific time or until revocation by itself or the President......................
Regulation to be followed under the drastic censorship code announced by the Japanese Government in Tokyo last week were revealed in detail yesterday in messages received by the American communication companies here. All telegrams will be subject to the censorship and will be accepted for Japan only at the senders risk. It was announced.
The regulations are that telegrams must be in plan language - Japanese, German or English, except to Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe, where specified codes may be used. All messages must be signed. Code addresses are not admitted in the address or signature. Reply telegrams are abolished. Only distress or very urgent messages with regard to ships business be be sent to ships at sea or from Japanese ships. Ship-to-shore telephone service between Japanese vessels and Honolulu is suspended.
How would a telegram be signed which they required?
Would a reply telegram be acknowledgment of receipt?
I think that since he has about two months before some of these selectees terms expire that it doesn’t hurt to ask Congress to extend their term of service. If it gets a bit closer I might entertain the idea of extending it via Executive Order pursuant to Congress making a decision on the matter.
Looking at things as they are now, I definitely wouldn’t want the army to lose these men. Despite some optimistic reporting, the Germans are already half way to Moscow. If Russia falls and all those resources are put at the disposal of the Nazis where are they going to look next. We had better be ready.