Skip to comments.TROOPS SEIZE MONTGOMERY WARD AS IT REJECTS ROOSEVELT ORDER; 2 HOLLANDIA FIELDS FALL (4/27/44)
Posted on 04/27/2014 5:19:36 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
E-boats disrupt invasion exercise
Thursday, April 27, 1944 www.onwar.com
In Britain... During the night (April 27-28), 3 American LST landing craft, conducting an invasion exercise (Exercise “Tiger”), are torpedoed by German E-boats in Lyme Bay. A total of 638 troops are killed. This incident is kept secret for fear of damaging Anglo-American relations.
In New Guinea... US troops occupy the main airstrip at Hollandia.
Over Occupied Poland... Soviet aircraft conduct a nighttime raid on Lvov.
TROOPS SEIZE MONTGOMERY WARD
Not a headline one expects to see.
April 27th, 1944 (THURSDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: From midnight tonight all travel abroad from Britain will be banned. Exit permits granted to would-be travellers are no longer valid, unless they have been issued during the past week. Some visits to Ireland will be allowed after strict scrutiny.
Similar pre-invasion moves are being made by the enemy. Civilians are being removed from coastal areas, and German families evacuated from the Ruhr when the heavy bombing began are being sent back. Vichy France has cut communications with neutral countries in an effort to prevent military and political intelligence from reaching the Allies. In a hunt for Allied sympathisers, diplomatic bags for French military attaches in Madrid, Lisbon and Berne have been seized.
Frigate HMCS Valleyfield departed Londonderry with Convoy ONM-234. (Dave Shirlaw)
BALTIC SEA: U-803 sunk near Swinemünde, in position 53.55N, 14.17E, by a mine. 9 dead and 35 survivors. (Dave Shirlaw)
FINLAND: The Finnish Chief of General Staff jalkaväenkenraali Erik Heinrichs starts his three-day visit in Germany. At Berchtesgaden he meets with the highest German military leadership, and there’s some tension because of the recent Finnish peace-feelers. Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel states bluntly, that in Germany there’s no mercy for traitors and complainers. Generaloberst Alfred Jodl is more friendly, but demands that Finland give a proclamation ensuring that the weapons Germany has delivered to Finland would not end in Soviet hands. (Mikko Härmeinen)
BURMA: Air Commando We did not fly again until the 5th of May. No one tells us much but think it is weather problems in Burma. Will pick up our combat flights on that date. Our food is a constant diet of powdered eggs, dehydrated potatoes with Spam or Vienna sausages. No bread but crackers and chlorinated water from canvas lister bags. We managed to appropriate a 10-in-1 ration on occasion and cook it up at our aircraft.
From 1946 until very recently no Spam was ever permitted in my house. A month or so ago I saw a travel TV on Hawaii and learned that Spam was the one biggest imports from the mainland. I broke down and purchased a new version that is called hot and spicy. Hate to admit it but it was great as my wife and I both like spicy foods. Still lack the nerve to try the W.W.II style. (Chuck Baisden)
Frigate HMCS Kirkland Lake (ex-St Jerome) launched Quebec City, Province of Quebec.
Corvette HMCS Stellarton launched Midland, Ontario. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: The motion picture “Going My Way” is released in the U.S. Directed by Leo McCarey, this sentimental musical film stars Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens and Frank McHugh. Crosby is a young Catholic priest assigned to assist aging pastor Fitzgerald at a New York church. The songs include “Going My Way,” “Swinging on a Star,” “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral,” “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria.” The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Crosby) and Best Supporting Actor (Fitzgerald, who was also nominated for Best Actor). (Jack McKillop)
Submarine USS Corporal laid down.
Destroyer escort USS Heyliger laid down.
Escort carrier USS Makassar Strait commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: Submarine HMS Untiring (Lt. Boyd) sinks the German UJ 6075/Clairvoyant. (Dave Shirlaw)
Actually, the premiere (and the Bosley Crowther review) will be on May 3.
Interesting coverage of Patton’s “rule the world” remarks.
ATLANTIC OCEAN: Submarine HMS Untiring (Lt. Boyd) sinks the German UJ 6075/Clairvoyant. (Dave Shirlaw)
Apparently, the German ship wasn't very clairvoyant at all.
Sounds as if DeGaulle got upset and threatened to withdraw Free French forces from the war... all 14,372 of them plus two motor patrol boats and three MB.151s.
The result, by the time of the Philippines, the 32nd was beat up pretty bad, the 33rd just getting ready to fight.
They’re both communist swine.
The government seized Montgomery Wards during WWII? I didn’t realize that. Nice free country we had back then.
Not at all.
They could update that headline and say “Troops seize Hobby Lobby.”
I thought it might have been a drill for European city fighting.
So, let that scenario roll around in your head for a while.
LOL! All the Allied leaders seem to find DeGaulle and his troops far more trouble than they’re worth.
Thanks for always posting these. They are quite the history lesson. Amazing how it reflects the ongoing tyranny in our country and we have never really been free.
Yeah ya like that? The government sends the military to interfere with a contract.
God I hate communists, every stinking one of them.
“Monty Ward seized...”
I am wondering how critical Montgomery Ward mail order and retail stores were to the war effort? (sarcasm)
Would a lock out of MW labor by MW management have delayed D-Day or the Manhattan Project?
Reading as much of the story as I could, looks like the CEO and directors may not have been greasing the right palms...and OMG...actually took a stand for property rights.
That had to be stopped. No doubt about it.
Nope! Good ol’ government tyranny against its people.
Unbelieveable. And all under the guise of the country being in a war. We are still at war, so there’s nothing to stop this administration from doing something just as crazy, like the Bundy Ranch.
Pretty frightening the blueprint this administration already has to work with. Just imagine the NYT dragging up this article and others during the Civil War to justify the continued tyranny in this country.
The US government seized dozens if not hundreds of US companies during WWII.
Many people are convinced that it can not happen in America, I was only about 6 or seven years old when this took place.
I always wondered why my mother hated as she put it the Sob,
Yes, most American soldiers will do what they are told.
And Roosevelt was pro communist and backed the union mobsters just like Obama does, it is nothing new.
“The US government seized dozens if not hundreds of US companies during WWII.”
Knew this type of thing happened. This NYT article made me curious on the stats of the time. Do you have any further examples or links or book titles to aid me?
My typical google tactics seem to come up zip to the point I am wondering if this NLRB era in our history is being “censored for our own protection”.
I think looking at this headline from today's perspective makes it ridiculous, but think about the situation in the early 1940s.
First off, there was gasoline rationing, and a far greater percentage of the population lived in rural areas, where there were simply no other ways to get anything other than the basic staples at the local "general store." Much of these mail order products were actually sold through these general stores, who placed the orders for their customers.
I'm not defending Roosevelt's decision. The way he ordered such things as the gold confiscation, wage and price controls, and the detention of millions of Americans of Japanese descent should have placed him on the "most repressive government leaders" that we've ever had, but then it seems that the left LOVES oppressive, murderous leaders and regimes, from "Che," to Mao, to Stalin, to Obama.
I'm just saying that a stoppage of a major mail order retailer in the early 1940s like Sears & Roebuck or Monkey Wards (had to get that in, I used to work at a KC store as a teenager into my early 20s) would be a huge hit to morale at home.
“Industrialists in Olive Drab: The Emergency Operation of Private Industries” by John H. Ohly
Note that Democratic party St. La Guardia refused accommodation to the “Japanese-Americans” and worse, entire neighborhoods signed petitions to keep them out.
Funny how modern Democratic party triumphalists conveniently forget that fact.
I never heard of this event. Read the article. Scary stuff. The CEO refused to extend a labor agreement that the President directed be extended, so they took over the company HQ as union thugs cheered. Sounds like a playbook for Obama.
It’s not unusual for articles about labor issues to leave me wondering which side the unions are on. They certainly don’t seem to be very interested in our winning the war.
Sewell Avery’s comments after the seizure of his office by Roosevelt:
“... the government has been coercing both employers and employees to accept a brand of unionism which in all too many cases is engineered by people who are not employees of the plant...these devices...only appear to make workers free to choose,... are a disguise for leading the nation into a government of dictators.”
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Don’t forget, unions were against involvement in the war when Stalin and Hitler were allied, to the point of sabotaging war production. Midwestern industry and agriculture had a heavy population of German descent and were skeptical of the degree of evil the Germans were engaged in.
A lot of business owners then were isolationist Republicans, so FDR had reason to distrust them too.
Things really were different then.
That's a point I hadn't considered.
Nothing new under the sun.
Opening the door to French reoccupation of Indochina. We all know how that worked out.
Not exactly. About 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced to leave the western states. Roughly 1/3 of these were Japanese citizens, 1/3 American adults, and 1/3 children, most of whom were also American citizens.
10 to 20% of those evacuated were allowed to get jobs and live outside the camps, though not to return to the West.
It's little known that around 12,000 Germans were also interned and somewhere around 2,000 Italians.
IOW, the scope of internment was a great deal less than commonly believed.
In Roosevelt's partial defense, it is not unreasonable or unconstitutional for the government to take over a great deal of coordination of the nation's economic and business activity during wartime.
Civilians are subject to rationing, and men are drafted and sent into harm's way against their will. Under such circumstances, businessmen should not expect that they are allowed to operate their businesses if they see fit even if it impacts the war effort negatively. Whether that was actually the situation in this case is another question, of course.
The Constitution allows for suspension of normal civil liberties "when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it." The Founders themselves, prior to the Constitution, of course, did a LOT of violation of civil rights of Loyalists and people thought to be such.
The regimentation of business in WWII was actually a good bit less than in WWI, for which there was a good deal less justification.
You might find interesting some post-war accounts by Japanese veterans of New Guinea that your fathers may have been near.
Around 1987, one Japanese veteran dealing with what now might be called PTSD made a documentary titled The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On. Throughout the documentary he seeks out and confronts (sometimes violently) other surviving veterans and gets some to talk about their cannibalism while in New Guinea.
White meat means American and Australian, black meat means natives. By the end of the war, they were eating each other with Japanese officers apparently having the lowest ranking Japanese soldiers executed and served up as rations.
The documentary is in Japanese with English subtitles. You can turn on the subtitles by clicking the CC button in the lower right of the viewer. It's also long so, you might want to start at the one hour mark (1:00:00) to quickly get to the "meat" of it.
That was a shocker to me!
I also noted that Henry Morganthau, Jr. celebrating his 88th birthday was born in 1856! A lot of monumental events changes seen in that life.
When labor unions have the military to be their thugs for them, then we are in very perilous times. Did the government run Monkey Ward after that, too, or did they force the executives who knew what they were doing to come back in and do their jobs, after taking their decision making powers away from them?
“The government seized Montgomery Wards during WWII? I didnt realize that.”
The M Ward workers were on strike. Management did not want collective bargaining and unions, at all. Roosevelt ordered Ward to unionize and stop the strike because the strike was interfering with war supplies.
Management said NO! So Roosevelt signed an EO to seize all MW properties under some War Powers authority, and he used troops to implement that. Truman reversed this after the war.
Yeah, not so great a moment, but it is something you’d expect FDR to do to advance unions and collectivism.
I agree, the association of labor unions with big government is, may one say, rather Fascist.
I read a story a long time ago and have no source for it. Harry Truman told striking mine workers that if they didn’t return to work that he’d nationalize the coal mines they were striknig against, draft the miners into the army and send then back to mine coal as U.S. Army troops at U.S. Army pay. Don’t know if he was blowing smoke or not, evidently the miners didn’t either because they returned to work.
Well, Patton keeps things interesting. The movie showed Patton leaving the Russians out of his “world rulership” comments, unless that was a different speech.
La Guardia was a Republican, a liberal one, but a Republican. He defeated the Tammany Hall Democratic machine.
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