News of this day in 1939 - Paris Radio and Berlin Radio reports on the newly signed German-Russian non-Aggression Pact. War fears spreading throughout Europe. Propaganda regarding Poland. A nervous day.
This day in 1939 was uneasy and with good reason. It was announced a non-aggression pact had been signed in Moscow between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, clearing the way for an invasion of Poland and a Soviet invasion of Finland (implied though not stated).
Here are two separate shortwave newscasts, both in English. One from Radio Berlin (top player) and the other from Paris Radio (bottom player) from August 24, 1939. Slightly before on-the-spot coverage, the newscasts are confined to amazingly low-key reports with lots of paper shuffling. The German reports are sprinkled with numerous anti-Polish sentiments and all around, you wouldn't necessarily suspect war would be breaking out in a matter of days.
The French news is a little difficult to hear at times, but the flavor and intent are still apparent. Both reports end rather abruptly with no hint of alarm or urgings to stay tuned for further developments. Just silence.
History on a matter-of-fact basis for this August 24th.
May 23, 1938 - News from Berlin Radio via Shortwave. The Czech-Sudeten crisis. News regarding border clashes. Propaganda. News on negotiations with London and Paris over the Sudeten question. The weather in Berlin. Read more...
March 9, 1940 - Continued border fighting between Finland and Russia. Germany threatens Sweden over Iron Ore exports. von Ribbentrop visits Rome regarding Finnish crisis. U.S. accused of inciting Finland. Capitol Hill - Labor Committee chairwoman Mary Norton condemns move to drop the Labor Relations Board and calls to revise the Labor Law. Election campaign of 1940 gets underway with Democrats split over the Hatch Act or "pure political law" regarding a ban on officials campaigning for colleagues. Read more...