Skip to comments.Clare Hollingworth dies aged 105: Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War II
Posted on 01/10/2017 1:04:05 PM PST by iowamark
Clare Hollingworth, the Daily Telegraph correspondent who broke the news of World War Two, has died in Hong Kong aged 105.
The British journalist was hailed for her "scoop of the century" after she spotted German tanks on the Polish border in August 1939...
The scoop of Hollingworth's career came to her in late August when she was a 27-year-old fledgling reporter for the Daily Telegraph.She had been a reporter at the newspaper for less than a week.
As the border was closed to all but diplomatic vehicles, she borrowed a British consulate official's car to drive into German-occupied territory. She saw tanks, armored cars and artillery massing.
She recounted in her autobiography that burlap screens beside the road, "constructed to hide the military vehicles, blew in the wind, thus I saw the battle deployment."
"I guessed that the German Command was preparing to strike to the north of Katowice and its fortified lines and this, in fact, was exactly how they launched their invasion in the south."
Hollingworth filed the story that appeared on Tuesday, August 29, on The Daily Telegraph's front page, underneath the headline: "1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift stroke."
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What an excellent read.
Requiescat in Pace
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I know. That was a rather long article to transmit by that method wasn’t it.
Now THAT is reporting.
Our Grandfather used to teach us the code.
Smart man, your grandad
In 1999, my family and I visited a newly opened museum in Warsaw with some Polish college students. The museum was dedicated to Poland during WWII.
One of the students told of his aunt and uncle who had fled from the German invasion from the north, in Gdansk. His relatives took a train to Warsaw. As their train arrived at the station, Russian troops were arriving by train at the same station from the east. His relatives got back on a train to go home.
Thus, the Germans and the Russians both invaded Poland during the start of the war.
One of the stories of the museum was that Auschwitz, and other concentration camps, were first employed to imprison the Polish upper class. The Germans intended to destroy the upper class and leave the lower classes to use as slaves. This imprisonment of Polish people started in 1940. Using the concentration camps against the Jews started later, in 1942.
When I was in high school, I would check the bias of history textbooks by examining how they treated certain events. Many American history books neglected to mention that Stalin and Hitler were allies when the war broke out. Even after 30 years, the American academic community was covering for Joe Stalin and the Communists.
10 divisions, wow.
Thank you, yes, he was a very fascinating man.
Who, what, where and when. Refreshing read by a journalist isn’t it?
That was a smart and brave woman.
I must have missed that.
I was focused on the pennant race and DiMaggio's batting average.
Wonder how it would be reported today.
#17 None, just like today where the “reporters” know nothing. What the heck are we in Libya and Syria and Egypt and several other countries that the peace prize winning obama ordered overthrown.
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