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  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 9:56:02 AM PST · 15 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson to PapaNew
    It would appear that the Russians are less defending their motherland at this point and more in a race to be the first ones to get to Berlin and as much of Germany as they can.

    For the regular Red Army grunt it is probably about playing catch up with the Hitlerites. The Nazis brought hell on earth to their country for a while and now they get to return the favor.

  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 8:48:34 AM PST · 11 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson to PAR35
    While the march was in miserable conditions, there were probably more survivors than there would have been if the camp had been liberated by the Russians.

    Don't know about that. My uncle's camp (Stalag Luft I) was liberated by the Red Army. As I recall he said it was a little dicey but the Americans were not maltreated.

  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 4:31:06 AM PST · 5 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/31.htm

    January 31st, 1945 (WEDNESDAY)

    FRANCE: The US Army today shot dead Private Eddie Slovik for desertion. It was the first such execution since the American Civil War 80 years ago. Slovik, aged 24, a sub-literate petty criminal, failed to join his unit in Normandy and latched on to a Canadian corps instead. When he finally caught up with his own unit, he deserted for a second time.

    Slovik was executed on January 31st in the courtyard of a villa in the town of Ste-Marie-aux-Mines, deep in the Vosges Mountains in Alsace. There were severe manpower problems and also problems with desertion and self-inflicted wounds in the theater at the time and Eisenhower probably thought that Slovik’s execution would help remedy these. D’Este writes that the execution was publicized in the 28th Infantry Division but not in other units in the ETO. I was in Alsace at the time and never heard a word about Slovik until I read Huie’s book. I doubt that many other soldiers knew of the event. No one will ever know what Eisenhower was thinking about when he approved Slovik’s execution. Shortly after this he commuted the sentences of two other soldiers who had been convicted of desertion. (William J. Stone)

    GERMANY: East Prussia: Soviet troops surround Königsberg.

    U-3520 (Type XXI) is sunk by mines in the Baltic Sea, northeast of Bülk, at position 54.28N, 10.12E. 59 dead (all hands lost). (Alex Gordon)
    U-3525 commissioned.

    U-3037 launched.

    U-927 sailed from Kristiansand on her first and final patrol.

    U.S.S.R.: Moscow: The first congress of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Revolution opens, with prayers for Stalin and victory.

    Moscow: General Zhukov has crossed the German frontier, thrust 12 miles deep into Pomerania and captured Driesen, 95 miles from Berlin. His men stand on the bank of the Oder river. The new advance has cut the railway line from Berlin to Danzig, and poses a threat to Frankfurt an der Oder, just 45 miles east of Berlin.

    The imminence of danger to the capital of Germany has been admitted by Dr. Ley, the Labour Front leader. Writing in Der Angriff, he pledges in a pale echo of Churchill’s words: “We shall fight before Berlin, inside Berlin and behind Berlin.” German hopes rest to some degree on the defence of the fortified towns which have been bypassed by the Red Army. Poznan, some miles behind the front on the Warsaw to Berlin road, is one of these towns and, with 60,000 troops behind its concrete defences, is resisting fiercely. The front-line troops are supported by the Volkssturm and cadets from an officers’ training school who are used in defence while regular units mount counter-attacks, sometimes several battalions strong, with Panzer elements.

    Elsewhere, the Red Army’s advance continues. Marshal Rokossovsky has now cut off three German armies in East Prussia. When he captured Tannenburg, the scene of the crushing German victory over the Czar’s army in the last war, he discovered that the Germans had removed the sarcophagus of the victor, von Hindenburg, and blown up the monument commemorating his victory. Von Hindenburg won his victory as czarist officers advancing into East Prussia were trying to decide which horses to ride into Berlin. It is doubtful if even he could have saved Berlin in this war.

    Danzig: The German “Strength Through Joy” liner Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed by the Russian submarine S-13 off the Hela peninsula last night. Crowded with refugees and wounded from East Prussia, the liner sank swiftly in the freezing seas and it is feared that some 7,000 people died, the greatest sea tragedy yet recorded. The refugees had struggled to get on board the doomed liner. As she cast off small boats appeared and women held up their children crying: “Take us with you. Save the children.” The liner drifted while the ship’s crew put out nets and the refugees scrambled aboard. Few survived.

    The S-13 is one of the Baltic submarines now active following the uncorking of the Baltic after Finland’s departure from the war. Commanded by Captain Third Class Sasha Marinescu, she is based at the Finnish port of Turku. The tragic irony of this disaster is that Marinescu might not have been in position to intercept the Wilhelm Gustloff if he had not put to sea to escape the secret police after a heavy drinking bout.

    BURMA: Myitkyina: The Burma Road from India to China has re-opened, bringing supplies to Chiang Kei-shek’s Nationalist armies. The road - which Chiang has named the “Stilwell Road” - runs via Ledo, Myitkyina and Bhamo. The first convoy, carrying 75mm and 105mm guns, has crossed the Chinese border and been greeted with fireworks. “During the years that China stood alone the Japanese militarists told their people that if the Burma Road were closed our courage would collapse,” Chiang said. “Now comes this caravan, roaring into China over an area which they thought just yesterday to hold in everlasting peace.”

    Lt. George Arthur Knowland (b.1922), Royal Norfolk Regt., held up 300 Japanese with a Bren gun, standing firm for 12 hours before being fatally hit. (Victoria Cross)

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Luzon: General MacArthur’s US forces are closing fast on all sides on Manila since landing at Lingayen on Luzon three weeks ago. Clark Field, a key airbase 50 miles north of the Philippines capital, was recaptured today by XIV Corps. South of the city US paratroops of the 11th Airborne Division landed at Nasagbu, on the west coast, taking the Japanese defence forces by surprise.

    The fierce seven-day battle for Clark Field’s cave and tunnel complex ended with survivors of the 30,000-man Kembu Group retreating further into the Zambales Mountains. General Yamashita, the Japanese Philippines C-in-C is fighting similar delaying actions in the north-east with his 150,000-man Shobu Group, hoping to prevent Luzon from becoming the launching pad for an attack on Japan.

    BONIN ISLANDS: USAAF Seventh Air Force B-24s begin the task of softening up Iwo Jima’s defenses.

    U.S.A.: Hanford, Washington: The first weapon-grade plutonium is ready for shipment.

  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 4:29:38 AM PST · 4 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Russians Sweep On – 2-3
    Next-of-Kin of War Prisoners to Receive Latest Map of Camps in Germany at Rally – 3
    Berlin Reported Preparing Fight Under Goebbels Against Russians (Axelsson) – 4
    War News Summarized – 4
    Americans Push into Reich in Blows of Growing Might (Daniel) – 5-6
    Ex-Hitler Youth Saves a Platoon (Currivan) – 6
    Bazooka-Led Americans Move through the Slush inside of Germany (photo) – 6
    New Allied Landing in Europe Implied – 7
    Engineers Start Front-Line Factory to Fill Need for Barbed Wire Posts (Johnston) – 7
    Hitler Bids Reich Die for Nazi Tenets – 8
    Text of Hitler’s Twelfth Anniversary Speech to Reich – 9-10
    New Army in Luzon (Parrott) – 10-11
    Tokyo Says B-29’s Bomb North Luzon – 12
    Americans Move on Wooded Hide-Outs of Japanese on Luzon (page 1 photo) – 12
    Gates for Keeping Bases in Marianas (by Robert Trumbull) – 13
    Slowdown Chiefs Jailed in Chicago – 14
    Our Manpower-III (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 15
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 16-18
    Wallace Strategy is Told (by Arthur Krock) – 18
    City Pushes Quest for Transit Men – 18
  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 4:27:58 AM PST · 3 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 4:27:23 AM PST · 2 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Invasion of Luzon and the Advance to Manila, 9 January-4 February 1945
    The Ardennes Area, 1944: Operations, 17 January-7 February 1945
    Eastern France and the Low Countries, 1944: Territorial Changes along the Front, 16 December 1944-7 February 1945 and Allied Plan for Rhineland Campaign
    Southeastern France 1944: German Offensive, 1-30 January 1945 and Allied Reduction of Colmar Pocket, 20 January-9 February 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • SOVIET PUSH UNCHECKED 73 MILES FROM BERLIN; AMERICANS LAND NORTH OF BATAAN UNOPPOSED (1/31/45)

    01/31/2015 4:26:28 AM PST · 1 of 15
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 10:14:18 AM PST · 17 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to Steven Scharf
    Every headline starts with the Russian drive and then mentions either the Western Front of Pacific news.

    That has been the case almost every day, with 2 or 3 exceptions, since Jan. 14. It will continue for 5 more days before we get a little variety in the lead.

  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 5:04:59 AM PST · 7 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/30.htm

    January 30th, 1945 (TUESDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: Submarines HMS Sea Devil and Astute launched.

    GERMANY: Berlin: Hitler gives Goebbels the decorative title of Defender of Berlin, and makes a radio broadcast asking the German people to die in order to preserve Nazism... “However grave the crisis may be at the moment, through our unalterable will, our readiness for sacrifice, and our own abilities, we will overcome the crisis. We will endure. It is not Central Asia that will win, but Europe, led by this nation, which for 1500 years has defended and will continue to defend Europe against the East — our Greater German Reich, the German nation.” (Gene Hanson)

    Berlin: Speer writes a memo to Hitler, informing him that the state of German industry is so bad that food and electricity must now be given priority over arms production.

    BALTIC SEA Sea: Wilhelm Gustloff, an ex-Kraft Durch Freude ship (Strength Through Joy) in the service of the German Kriegsmarine, is sunk in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet sub with the loss of over 5,000 lives - the largest single naval loss of life in history.
    At 2108 Gotehhafen time (2:08pm CST) the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by the Soviet sub S13. When the Gustloff sunk, new research has now shown that there were a total of 10,582 people on board, 9,343 of whom were killed. The remaining 1,239 were rescued.

    HUNGARY: Leading Soviet tanks reach the northern edge of Vérmezõ (Lit. field of blood) at the western foot of Castle Hill in Budapest. They begin firing on the makeshift landing strip set up by the Germans for troop gliders.

    Often flown by very young and poorly trained Hitler Youth pilots, many still managed to land, guided with pocket torches held by local children aged between 13 and 16 drawn from the Budapest Section of the Nazi-run “German Youth” organisation. Often the only chance for survival on this incredibly dangerous landing site was to set down on the southern end and exit the glider as quickly as possible before it was destroyed by Soviet guns.

    By January 30 the Soviets and pro-Soviet Hungarian forces had managed to capture the first building on Castle Hill, a school at Attila utca 135.

    In Mészáros utca near Déli railway station László Deseõ, 15 years old at the time of the siege, kept an hourly diary of the destruction that raged around him:

    January 30. At two in the morning horses were brought into the flat.

    Everything shook in our cellar. My parents are horrified to the extent that they have lost all interest...It is said that after a few days the ceiling will be soaked through with manure. Then there will be something in the cellar for us to get our noses around.

    MALTA: Churchill and Roosevelt meet to prepare before the summit with Stalin in Yalta.

    U.S.A.: Destroyer USS Ernest G Small laid down.

  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 5:01:51 AM PST · 6 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    12-Mile Gain in East – 2-3
    Germans Warned of Fall of Berlin (Brigham, Lawrence) – 3-4
    War News Summarized – 4
    3d Enters Reich at 2 Points as Bombs Rip Enemy Rails (Daniel) – 5-6
    Nazi Rails, Berlin under Big Bombing – 6
    Officer is Linked to French Racket – 6
    Savage Luzon Fight Won by Americans (Jones) – 7
    B-29’s Batter Iwo to Ease Tokyo Run – 8
    American Car Makers See French as Biggest Rivals Right after War – 8
    Stilwell Doubts Japan’s Collapse (Shalett) – 9
    Our Manpower-II (Baldwin) – 10
    Transit Workers Get High Priority – 10
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 11-13
    Nurses Face Loss of Civil Priorities – 13
    War Decorations – 13
  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 5:00:34 AM PST · 5 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Hitler’s last broadcast (0:34) Read the text of the entire speech in tomorrow’s news thread.

    Adolf Hitler

  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 5:00:03 AM PST · 4 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
     photo 0130-12-mile15_zps5bf92cdd.jpg

    Major General H.W. Blakeley, USA, Ret., 32d Infantry Division in World War II

  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 4:59:03 AM PST · 3 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 4:58:18 AM PST · 2 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Invasion of Luzon and the Advance to Manila, 9 January-4 February 1945
    The Ardennes Area, 1944: Operations, 17 January-7 February 1945
    Eastern France and the Low Countries, 1944: Territorial Changes along the Front, 16 December 1944-7 February 1945 and Allied Plan for Rhineland Campaign
    Southeastern France 1944: German Offensive, 1-30 January 1945 and Allied Reduction of Colmar Pocket, 20 January-9 February 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • RED ARMY SWEEPS ON 93 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. THIRD ARMY SMASHES BACK INTO GERMANY (1/30/45)

    01/30/2015 4:57:39 AM PST · 1 of 22
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • RUSSIANS WIN ALL SILESIA PLANTS, TAKE MEMEL AND ADVANCE TO POINT 109 MILES FROM BERLIN (1/29/45)

    01/29/2015 4:53:22 AM PST · 7 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    I don’t know about the carrier Iwo Jima mentioned at the end of today’s entry. There is yet to be a battle to name it after and the first Iwo Jima I could find was commissioned in 1961 - HJS.

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/29.htm

    January 29th, 1945 (MONDAY)

    GERMANY:
    U-3509 commissioned.

    U-763 scuttled at Köningsberg at the Schichau Shipyard, in position 54.42N, 20.32E, after being damaged by Soviet bombs.

    NORWAY: U-636 was attacked by shore-based friendly fire in Norwegian waters, but suffered no damage.

    BURMA: Japanese forces try but fail to drive the Chinese from their positions defending the “Stilwell Road” near Lashio.

    East INDIAN OCEAN: Operation Meridian II. British carrier-based aircraft have inflicted massive damage on Japan’s main source of aviation fuel with bombing raids on Japanese-controlled Palembang oil refineries in Sumatra, in the Dutch East Indies, over the last five days. The loss of the refineries means that crude oil will now have to be shipped to Japan for refining, doubling Japan’s need for tankers.

    During this action a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm air sea rescue Supermarine Sea Otter (operating in conjunction with the RN submarine Rorqual) has an inconclusive contact with an unknown Japanese biplane off the Sumatra coast. (G.A. Mackinlay)

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: US landing at San Antonio, Luzon by XI Corps.

    U.S.A.:
    Aircraft carrier USS Iwo Jima laid down.

    Submarine USS Pomodon laid down.

    Frigate USS Greensboro commissioned.

  • RUSSIANS WIN ALL SILESIA PLANTS, TAKE MEMEL AND ADVANCE TO POINT 109 MILES FROM BERLIN (1/29/45)

    01/29/2015 4:50:07 AM PST · 6 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    Katowice is Seized – 2-3
    Destruction and Fire in the Wake of Nazi Retreat on the Eastern Front (photos) – 4
    Drive near St. Vith (Daniel) – 5
    Big Bombers Slash Rhine Traffic Net – 6
    British Forces on the Move inside Germany (page 1 photo) – 6
    Nimitz Moves Headquarters to Island Gates of Japan (Moscow, Trumbull) – 7
    Key Town is Seized in Northern Luzon (Jones) – 7-9
    B-29’s Again Bomb Japanese at Iwo – 8
    Chiang Gives Name Stilwell Road to the New Ledo-Burma Highway – 10
    Latest Casualties Reported by Army – 11-12
    War News Summarized – 12
    American Vessel Sank Surcouf in 1945; French Submarine was World’s Largest – 12
    Our Manpower-I (Baldwin) – 13
    Appeal Speeded on Ward Ruling – 13
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 14-16
    Headlining the Bill in Washington (photo) – 16
    Negrin Seen Ready to Lead New Spain (by Dana Adams Schmidt) – 16
  • RUSSIANS WIN ALL SILESIA PLANTS, TAKE MEMEL AND ADVANCE TO POINT 109 MILES FROM BERLIN (1/29/45)

    01/29/2015 4:45:55 AM PST · 4 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Continued from January 10.

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    Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

  • RUSSIANS WIN ALL SILESIA PLANTS, TAKE MEMEL AND ADVANCE TO POINT 109 MILES FROM BERLIN (1/29/45)

    01/29/2015 4:45:16 AM PST · 3 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
  • RUSSIANS WIN ALL SILESIA PLANTS, TAKE MEMEL AND ADVANCE TO POINT 109 MILES FROM BERLIN (1/29/45)

    01/29/2015 4:44:11 AM PST · 2 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson
    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Invasion of Luzon and the Advance to Manila, 9 January-4 February 1945
    The Ardennes Area, 1944: Operations, 17 January-7 February 1945
    Eastern France and the Low Countries, 1944: Territorial Changes along the Front, 16 December 1944-7 February 1945 and Allied Plan for Rhineland Campaign
    Southeastern France 1944: German Offensive, 1-30 January 1945 and Allied Reduction of Colmar Pocket, 20 January-9 February 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • RUSSIANS WIN ALL SILESIA PLANTS, TAKE MEMEL AND ADVANCE TO POINT 109 MILES FROM BERLIN (1/29/45)

    01/29/2015 4:43:34 AM PST · 1 of 36
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • CBS World News Today – January 28, 1945

    01/28/2015 12:05:17 PM PST · 2 of 6
    Homer_J_Simpson to r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
    The description of this broadcast from https://www.otrcat.com/world-news-today-radio-show2.html follows.

    “1/28/45: U.S. troops are now 40 miles from Manila. The Polish town of Katowice has been recaptured. Next Tuesday (1/30) is the anniversary of Hitler’s assent to power. The Big Three Conference will be held close to Russia. [It took place in Yalta on February 4-11.] SW from Belgium: the 1st Army is advancing towards the Siegfried Line in a snowstorm. Interview with an Army Air Force sergeant who was blown out of a super fortress flying 12,000 feet over Japan. Tethered by a safety strap, he dangled outside for 15 minutes without oxygen before being rescued. Major Eliot: with the Russians are now just under a 100 miles from Berlin, “the Empire of Hitler is going down in blood and fire.” A brigadier general explained why the production of certain types of ammunition is critical, while factories producing other types of ammunition are being shut down. Teaser ad for post-war Admiral portable radios.”

    To listen to the broadcast click on the link below.

    CBS World News Today, January 28, 1945

  • CBS World News Today – January 28, 1945

    01/28/2015 12:03:57 PM PST · 1 of 6
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • RED ARMY OVERRUNS SILESIAN WAR ARSENAL; 3D ARMY DRIVES 4 MILES TO GERMAN BORDER (1/28/45)

    01/28/2015 4:25:28 AM PST · 5 of 23
    Homer_J_Simpson to Homer_J_Simpson

    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/28.htm

    January 28th, 1945 (SUNDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: On it’s second flight in the UK the Lockheed P-80 fighter jet, YP-80A-LO , USAAF s/n 44-83026, msn 080-1005, crashes killing the pilot.

    FRANCE: Versailles: Eisenhower returns the command of the US Ninth Army, temporarily given to Montgomery, to Bradley.

    GERMANY: Berlin: Civilians are ordered to start digging anti-tank ditches around the city.
    The 1st Belorussian Front enters Pomerania.

    Allied PoWs are marshalled by their German captors in prison camp Stalag Luft III, near Sagan, in southeastern Germany to be marched 90 kilometres across frozen countryside to Luckenwalde, near Berlin.

    From the memoirs of Tom Hough, Canadian fighter pilot: The order came with characteristic German terseness. All Allied prisoners, more than 1,000 aircrew from Canada, Britain and other Commonwealth countries, were to be ready to evacuate Stalag Luft III on 30 minutes’ notice.

    Tom Hough of the Royal Canadian Air Force had been expecting it, but the news still hit him and his fellow prisoners, or “kriegies,” like a ton of bricks. “Hysteria reigned. The pervading feeling was of immense relief not unaccompanied by apprehension. Val started playing his guitar, and in a spontaneous excess of spirits we all started singing,” he wrote 40 years later in an unpublished memoir.

    After packing his meagre belongings, Mr. Hough, a Spitfire pilot who had joined the RCAF in 1941 and served with the RAF squadrons and with the Royal Australian Air Force in Egypt, had crash-landed behind enemy lines in Italy. A prisoner of war for almost a year, he paraded with the rest of the men. It was very cold and snowing lightly.

    Now known as “the long march,” the event was duplicated at many other camps.

    Walking 15 or 20 kilometres per day will take its toll of the prisoners, many of whom had been in captivity for five years.

    Mr. Hough said. “What would happen to those too ill to walk? Many of us were suffering from foot trouble. Socks were removed, carrying parts of burst blisters with them. An increasing number were developing painful limps; many had developed coughs and running noses.

    Some had temperatures. Many had diarrhea or intestinal infections.”

    It was also the coldest winter Germany had experienced in 50 years and hundreds of PoWs collapsed and perished by the wayside. Ironically, Mr. Hough and his mates also had to contend with Allied aircraft that mistook them for a German column. In one incident alone, RAF Typhoon fighter bombers strafed and killed 60 PoWs.

    Despite the horrors of the march, a comic incident occurred when a German officer made an unusual appeal, Mr. Hough wrote. “’If the kriegie who has stolen [his] birthday goose from his staff-car does not return it forthwith, you’ll all have to sleep in the snow. If he returns it immediately, no questions will be asked.’ The word was that it was too late, but apparently the officer settled for a D-bar [chocolate] and an unstated number of cigarettes.” (Henry Sirotin) Article by Buzz Bourdon, Globe and Mail, Thursday, May 5, 2006. Page S9. Link

    U-2535 commissioned.

    Crewman from U-348 died near Gotenhafen. [Matrose Hermann Witthöft].

    BULGARIA: Sofia: Prince Cyril of Bulgaria is sentenced to death for war crimes he committed when he was regent in 1943-44.

    LITHUANIA: Memel is occupied by the Russians, completing their occupation of Lithuania.

    POLAND: Konev’s Red Army troops capture the Dabrowa coal mining area and the towns of Beuthen and Katowice.

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Three USMC R4D5 (DC-3; C-47 type) aircraft from Squadron VMR 152 navigated for a flight of SBDs from Peleliu to Luzon. They arrive Luzon on the 29th. The SBDs were sent to assist the army for their dive bomb capabilities. (Bob Austin - Marine, navigator)

    CHINA: The first supply convoy reaches China from Burma, via the reopened Ledo Road.

    CANADA: Patrol vessel HMCS MacDonald paid off and returned to Dept of Fisheries.

    U.S.A.: Aircraft carrier USS Antietam commissioned.

    Destroyers USS Everett F Larson and Fred T Berry launched.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN: A German minesweeper collided with U-1163 off Dronthein in Norwegian waters, damaging the U-boat slightly.

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    Russians Roll On – 2-3
    Berlin Writes Off Silesian Industry – 3-4
    Americans Take 11 Towns to Flatten Belgian Bulge – 4-5
    Big Clothing Drive for Europe is Set – 5
    War News Summarized – 5
    Town on Main Line to Manila is Taken – 6
    B-29’s Fire Tokyo, Bag 75 Planes, Lose 5 in Fight, Also Hit Saigon – 7-8
    Casualties Heavy on China Railway – 8
    Submarines Sink 21 Japanese Ships – 8
    Many Army War Dogs Lose Minefield Jobs as New ‘Means’ Find Non-Metal Detonators – 8
    Veterans’ Intelligence (Hurd) – 10
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 11-13
    Russians Storming German Positions in East Prussia (page 1 photo) – 13

    The News of the Week in Review
    Fifteen News Questions – 14
    The Far Eastern War Mounts Toward a Climax (map) – 15
    Luzon’s Fall to Mark New Phase of the War (Shalett) – 16
    Great Navy Air Force Paces Drive on Japan (Trumbull) – 17
    Germany’s War Lords Face Their Big Crisis (Baldwin) – 17-18
    “New Position on the ‘East Wall’” (cartoon) – 18
    Answers to Fifteen News Questions – 18

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  • RED ARMY OVERRUNS SILESIAN WAR ARSENAL; 3D ARMY DRIVES 4 MILES TO GERMAN BORDER (1/28/45)

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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Invasion of Luzon and the Advance to Manila, 9 January-4 February 1945
    The Ardennes Area, 1944: Operations, 17 January-7 February 1945
    Eastern France and the Low Countries, 1944: Territorial Changes along the Front, 16 December 1944-7 February 1945 and Allied Plan for Rhineland Campaign
    Southeastern France 1944: German Offensive, 1-30 January 1945 and Allied Reduction of Colmar Pocket, 20 January-9 February 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
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    01/28/2015 4:18:31 AM PST · 1 of 23
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    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • RUSSIANS REACH BALTIC, CUT OFF EAST PRUSSIA; 8 MILES FROM KOENIGSBERG; POSEN OUTFLANKED (1/27/45)

    01/27/2015 10:29:36 AM PST · 21 of 46
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    I have one old timeline that has for January 28 “the Ardennes salient is finally eradicated.” So, by that measure, tomorrow.

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    01/27/2015 4:34:08 AM PST · 8 of 46
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/27.htm

    January 27th, 1945 (SATURDAY)

    UNITED KINGDOM: U 1172 Sunk in St George´s Channel, in position 52.24N, 05.42W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Tyler, Keats and Bligh. 52 dead (all hands lost). (Alex Gordon)

    Corvette HMCS Long Branch departed Londonderry for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    FRANCE: German gains in the Ardennes are eliminated.

    Lyons: Charles Maurras, the leader of Action Français, is sentenced to life imprisonment for collaborating with the Nazis.

    GERMANY: U-3028 is commissioned.

    POLAND: KL (Konzentrationslager) Auschwitz liberated by Soviet troops. (Jason Leech)

    Auschwitz-Birkenau: At midday, the four young Soviet cavalrymen, guns at the ready, came cautiously down the road that surrounded the camp. Looking through the barbed wire, they saw living skeletons moving slowly in a landscape of corpses sprawled in the snow, punctuated by broken-down and burnt huts. The Red Army had stumbled upon the Nazis’ biggest extermination camp.

    As the booming Russian artillery came nearer, the Nazis attempted to conceal the traces of their hideous mass murder. They have burnt most of the camp’s carefully maintained records. Nine days ago they evacuated the 20,000 prisoners with the most chance of survival. Those who were too weak to walk out of the camp were shot dead. The rest have been dispersed to other camps further west. Anyone falling behind on the long march to their new destination was shot and thrown into a ditch.

    Meanwhile the SS blew up the crematoria and gas chambers, and set fire to the clothing stores, destroying 29 of the camp’s 35 warehouses. In the remainder, the Russians have found huge piles of suits, dresses, children’s clothing, shoes, carpets, shaving brushes, spectacles and false teeth. Enormous numbers of suitcases bear hotel labels from all over Europe; trade marks on clothing show that the victims came from countries as far apart as Hungary and the Netherlands.

    The Germans left only a few hundred inmates behind in the camp’s hospital block, most of them sick with diptheria, scarlet fever or typhus. In the last few days they have led a twilight existence roaming the unguarded camp, a ragged hollow-eyed, feverish horde, rifling the deserted and burnt huts for fuel and food. They have peered out through the fog at the Wehrmacht tanks and lorries retreating around them, and tentatively breached the wire to gather potatoes. Now, they regard the young Red Army troops with a jaundiced stare: can the nightmare really be over? Or is there more to come?

    (From the Memoirs of Yakov Vinnichenko in the Guardian, Tuesday January 25, 2005)

    At about 4am on January 27 we approached Oswiecim (Auschwitz). It is a small town on the Sola river. We didn’t even know there was a concentration camp there.

    The Germans had far better weapons than us, and their rations were excellent, not like the gruel we had. Sometimes we didn’t even get that and went hungry for days. The Germans also had warm clothing, but we looked like riffraff by 1945: our clothes were threadbare, and we had no decent boots or blankets. It was mild for January. There was no snow, which we needed to melt in our pots to get water.

    We won that war with our bodies. We would lose seven of our men for each German. It was tough in Auschwitz, too. The Germans deployed artillery and submachine guns outside the camp. They shot at us from the watchtowers and barracks. The fight raged for about five hours, and we lost many men. Then they pulled back.

    When we entered the camp, we gasped: barbed wire everywhere, everyone in striped clothes and caps. The prisoners could barely walk: they looked like shadows or ghosts, they were so skinny. Some could not even move, others were supported by friends. They tried to talk to us, but we could not understand them: there were people from different countries, including many Jews from France, Poland and even Palestine. At the time of our assault there were 7-10,000 people in the camp - I learned after the war that the Germans had earlier shipped hundreds of thousands of prisoners to Germany and continued to use them for forced labour. But those left behind were barely alive.

    At first, when they saw us, they could not believe they were free. But when they understood, some began to laugh, others broke down crying. Many tried to kiss us, but they looked so horrible that we kept away so as not to catch some bug. Many asked for food, but we didn’t have any. Our support units arrived the next day and got busy with the prisoners, feeding and washing them. But we only stayed for a couple of hours. It was a horrible scene. We went into a filthy women’s barrack, with bunks in tiers and bloodstains on some of them.

    The Germans had not expected everything would move so fast: we carried out the operation very quickly. They hadn’t had time to blow up anything or plant mines. There was a huge construction site next to the camp: prisoners were building a chemicals plant. There were not just camp inmates working there, but also tens of thousands of civilians shipped from the USSR.

    The grim barracks stood in rows and, from a distance, looked like a factory - and it was a real factory of death. I saw a great deal in the war, but nothing so horrible or awesome as that camp. The experience gave us a new energy and determination to put an end to the abomination of nazism. Our men did not spare their lives - we knew our cause was just. In a few days we moved on to the west, and I was again gravely wounded, now on German territory, at a place called Lonau.

    (Jim Davies)

    EASTERN FRONT: The Soviet Army reaches Memel in Lithuania.

    Marshal Konev has virtually severed the vital industrial area of Upper Silesia from the rest of the Reich. At the same time, according to German reports, Marshal Zhukov has outflanked Poznan and his forward patrols have reached Bentschen, only 100 miles from Berlin. In the north Marshal Rokossovsky has burst through to the Baltic and cut off East Prussia. About two-thirds of the province has now been captured. Konigsberg, to the north, has been practically cut off and Danzig is threatened. Rokossovsky had to move fast to beat off a desperate final German counter-attack to try to break out to the Vistula.

    Meanwhile in Berlin the Volkssturm, consisting largely of old men and schoolboys, is to fight on. The streets are being cleared of refugees to make way for reinforcements. German radio is preparing the people for disaster: “This is our last chance. Victory or destruction is the slogan guiding the fate of the German people.”

    BURMA: The Ledo Road from Burma to China is finally opened.

    ULITHI: USAAF General Curtis LeMay meets with Admirals Spruance and Mitscher for a conference to discuss the projected American invasion of Iwo Jima.

    LeMay secured the approval of Nimitz and Harmon for the following supporting operations: 1) picketboat searches on D minus 8 and D minus 5; 2) weather-strike missions by three B-29s operating individually against Tokyo on three nights beginning D minus 4/3 and against Nagoya on three nights beginning D Plus 3/4; 3) major strikes against a primary target in the Tokyo area on D Plus 4; and 4) a diversionary raid against Nagoya on D minus 2.”

    CANADA: Corvette HMCS Woodstock paid off Esquimalt for conversion to loop layer.

    U.S.A.: Liberty magazine cover has a portrait of Captain Thomas H. “Tommy” Wakeman as the face of Army Air Force.

    Starting today 40 Consolidated B-32A-5, -10 and -15 aircraft are delivered as unarmed TB-32-CF crew trainers.
    Commissioning of USS Higbee, first US Navy ship named after a USN woman.

    Destroyers USS Meredith and O’Hare laid down.

    Destroyer escort USS Hanna commissioned.

    Destroyer USS Stormes commissioned.

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    Red Army on Gulf – 2-3
    First Red in Berlin to Get $1,000 Prize – 3
    Survivor of Uprising in Warsaw Says Russians Refused to Assist (Gruson) – 4
    9th Army Joins in Attack; 7th Restores Alsace Line (Daniel) – 4-5
    Ninth Loses 9 Men in Taking 7 Places – 5-6
    Snow Curbs Sleep for 7th Army Men (Johnston) – 6
    U.S. Regiment Beat 2 Enemy Divisions – 6-7
    Resistance Unity in France Blocked (Schmidt) – 7
    U.S. Army Justice Dismays French – 7
    Doolittle is Among Six Air Generals Receiving the DSM From Eisenhower – 7
    U.S. Policy Talks Slated for Paris (Daniell) – 7-8
    U.S. Orders Cuts in Big Iran Force (by C.L. Sulzberger) – 8
    Japanese Stiffen Luzon Resistance (by George E. Jones) – 9-10
    Rising B-29 Storm Promised to Japan (by Sidney Shalett) – 10
    Luzon: A Talk by the General and Japanese Installations Being Blasted (photos) – 11-12
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on Fighting in Various Zones – 13-15
    War News Summarized – 15
    Yankee Club Sold for $2,800,000 to MacPhail-Topping Syndicate (by John Drebinger) – 16-17
    Principals in Purchase of the New York Yankees (photo) – 16
    Record of Yankees is Unparalleled – 17
  • RUSSIANS REACH BALTIC, CUT OFF EAST PRUSSIA; 8 MILES FROM KOENIGSBERG; POSEN OUTFLANKED (1/27/45)

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    Billboard Top Ten for the Week of January 27, 1945

    #1 - “Don’t Fence Me In” – Bing Crosby, with the Andrews Sisters
    #2 - “Rum and Coca-Cola” - Andrews Sisters
    #3 – “Accentuate the Positive” - Johnny Mercer, with Pied Pipers
    #4 - “Don’t Fence Me In” - Sammy Kaye, with Billy Williams
    #5 - “I Dream of You” – Tommy Dorsey, with Freddie Stewart
    #6 – “Accentuate the Positive” – Artie Shaw, with Imogene Lynn
    #7 - “Cocktails For Two” - Spike Jones, with Carl Grayson
    #8 - “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” - Ink Spots, with Ella Fitzgerald
    #9 - “I Dream of You” - Frank Sinatra
    #9 – “Accentuate the Positive” – Bing Crosby, with the Andrews Sisters
    #10 – “Don’t Fence Me In” – Horace Heidt, with Gene Walsh

  • RUSSIANS REACH BALTIC, CUT OFF EAST PRUSSIA; 8 MILES FROM KOENIGSBERG; POSEN OUTFLANKED (1/27/45)

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    Continued from January 17.

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    William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

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    Continued from January 9.

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    Major General H.W. Blakeley, USA, Ret., 32d Infantry Division in World War II

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  • RUSSIANS REACH BALTIC, CUT OFF EAST PRUSSIA; 8 MILES FROM KOENIGSBERG; POSEN OUTFLANKED (1/27/45)

    01/27/2015 4:23:54 AM PST · 2 of 46
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Invasion of Luzon and the Advance to Manila, 9 January-4 February 1945
    The Ardennes Area, 1944: Operations, 17 January-7 February 1945
    Eastern France and the Low Countries, 1944: Territorial Changes along the Front, 16 December 1944-7 February 1945 and Allied Plan for Rhineland Campaign
    Southeastern France 1944: German Offensive, 1-30 January 1945 and Allied Reduction of Colmar Pocket, 20 January-9 February 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • RUSSIANS REACH BALTIC, CUT OFF EAST PRUSSIA; 8 MILES FROM KOENIGSBERG; POSEN OUTFLANKED (1/27/45)

    01/27/2015 4:23:21 AM PST · 1 of 46
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • “Objective, Burma” (Movie Review-1/27/45)

    01/27/2015 4:18:24 AM PST · 3 of 8
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    “Objective, Burma” is not currently available from Netflix. As I recall from seeing the movie years ago it is about an airborne recon mission prior to the big American invasion of Burma. Which never happened, as far as I know.

    Original trailer

  • “Objective, Burma” (Movie Review-1/27/45)

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  • “Objective, Burma” (Movie Review-1/27/45)

    01/27/2015 4:16:29 AM PST · 1 of 8
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • “A Song to Remember,” “The Woman in the Window,” “The Thin Man Goes Home” (Movie Reviews-1/26/45)

    01/26/2015 8:35:53 AM PST · 7 of 10
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    Back in September 1939, er, 2009 I posted this Polonaise each day until Warsaw finally surrendered. I read that it was broadcast daily from Radio Warsaw also.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Qq3RA19G4

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    01/26/2015 5:04:26 AM PST · 4 of 17
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/26.htm

    January 26th, 1945 (FRIDAY)
    UNITED KINGDOM: The USAAF 8th Air Force, 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron (Air-Sea Rescue) is formed from Detachment B of the 65th Fighter Wing.

    U -1051 is sunk in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man, position 53. 39N, 05. 23W, by ramming and depth charges from the British frigates HMS Aylmer, Calder, Bentinck and Manners. 47 dead (all hands lost).

    Frigate HMS Manners has her stern blown off by a Zaunkönig fired by U-1172 and is towed to Barrow. She was not repaired. There are 36 casualties. Location: Irish Sea 21 miles W of Anglesey. (Alex Gordon)(108)

    The following AP report was released to the newswires - A Berlin broadcast asserted today that U-boats had sunk six fully-laden Allied supply ships and two destroyers en route from Britain to France. The broadcast declared that the cargo ships totalled approximately 43.900 tons and included three large tankers. There has been no Allied confirmation. The following AP report was released to the newswires - The French news agency today quoted Ankara reports that one of Germany’s new secret weapons is an “artillery submarine” which might be used for terror bombardments of American coastal cities. Neutral travellers who reached the Turkish city were declared to have said the submarines were in the final stages of construction. But the program was reported delayed by patriot sabotage so that there was little chance they could be used before the fall of Berlin.

    Minesweeper HMS Bramble launched.

    Frigate HMS Manners torpedoed by U-1172. Constructive total loss. Sold for scrap on 3 Dec 1946.

    FRANCE: American Lt. Audie Murphy is wounded.

    GERMANY: Frankfürt-am-der-Oder is declared a ‘Festungstadt’ or fortress city. Most of its non-essential civilians will be moved west. (Russ Folsom)

    U-3529 and U-3530 launched.

    U-3524 commissioned.

    CANADA: Tug HMCS Beamsville assigned to Esquimalt.

    U.S.A.: Washington: Lt. Audie Murphy is awarded the Medal of Honor.
    Destroyer USS Dyess launched.

    Submarine USS Irex launched.

    Submarines USS Moray and Capitaine commissioned.

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    Breslau Besieged – 2-3
    War News Summarized – 3
    Foe Now Perils Strasbourg; 1,685 Nazi Vehicles Smashed (Daniel) – 4-5
    3d Again Reaches German Border (Currivan) – 5
    12,000 Troops AWOL in Paris; Thousands Join in Black Market (Schmidt) – 5
    Big Air Base Taken (Jones) – 6-7
    Joint Sea-Air Blow Strikes Iwo Island (Trumbull) – 7
    Stilwell is Head of Ground Forces – 7
    765 U.S. Men Lost in Transport Sinking – 7
    Great Gains Seen in Radio Benefits – 8
    The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in the Various War Theatres – 10-12
    Luzon Battle Has Yet to Reach Peak (by Hanson W. Baldwin) – 12
  • RUSSIANS 4 MILES FROM POSEN, NEARING BALTIC; AMERICANS TAKE CLARK FIELD IN MANILA DRIVE (1/26/45)

    01/26/2015 5:02:14 AM PST · 2 of 17
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    Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
    Luzon, P.I., 1941: Invasion of Luzon and the Advance to Manila, 9 January-4 February 1945
    The Ardennes Area, 1944: Operations, 17 January-7 February 1945
    Eastern France and the Low Countries, 1944: Territorial Changes along the Front, 16 December 1944-7 February 1945 and Allied Plan for Rhineland Campaign
    Southeastern France 1944: German Offensive, 1-30 January 1945 and Allied Reduction of Colmar Pocket, 20 January-9 February 1945
    Poland, 1945: Russian Offensive to the Oder – Operations 12 January-30 March 1945
    China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, 1945 and Final Operations in the War
    China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
  • RUSSIANS 4 MILES FROM POSEN, NEARING BALTIC; AMERICANS TAKE CLARK FIELD IN MANILA DRIVE (1/26/45)

    01/26/2015 5:01:39 AM PST · 1 of 17
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • “A Song to Remember,” “The Woman in the Window,” “The Thin Man Goes Home” (Movie Reviews-1/26/45)

    01/26/2015 4:54:32 AM PST · 3 of 10
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    Netflix has only “The Thin Man Goes Home” on DVD. I have seen it in the past and have little to add to A.W.’s review. Nick Charles clean and sober is a noteworthy factor for this late entry in the series about the sleuthing couple.

    “The Woman in the Window” original trailer

    “The Woman in the Window” opening

    “The Thin Man Goes Home” original trailer

  • “A Song to Remember,” “The Woman in the Window,” “The Thin Man Goes Home” (Movie Reviews-1/26/45)

  • “A Song to Remember,” “The Woman in the Window,” “The Thin Man Goes Home” (Movie Reviews-1/26/45)

    01/26/2015 4:49:14 AM PST · 1 of 10
    Homer_J_Simpson
    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 and the occasional radio broadcast 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.
  • RED ARMY NOW IS FOUR MILES FROM BRESLAU; GERMANS JAM ROADS EAST FROM RHINELAND (1/25/45)

    01/25/2015 4:34:27 AM PST · 5 of 12
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    http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/0/25.htm

    January 25th, 1945 (THURSDAY)

    GERMANY: German forces in East Prussia almost cut off by the two-pronged Soviet advance. Evacuation operations begin. They will continue until April.

    U-4707 launched.

    U-3022, U-3027 commissioned.

    HUNGARY: Soviet forces begin a new offensive on the central segment of the German defences north of Budapest.

    INDIAN OCEAN: British carriers set sail for Australia, on their way to join the US Navy in the Pacific.

    PACIFIC OCEAN: Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise arrived Ulithi Atoll.

    BONIN ISLANDS: Iwo Jima is bombarded by USS Indiana with accompanying cruisers and destroyers. (See also yesterday)

    U.S.A.: Escort carrier USS Bairoko launched.

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