March 22, 2011

War - Day 567 - orchestrated chaos.

News for this day, seventy years ago was all about the War. 567 days into it. German bombing raids continued over England. On this particular March 22nd it was over the city of Plymouth which sustained heavy damage and loss of life. Meanwhile, Britain staged retaliation raids over France, destroying several military installations. The people in Britain were becoming critical of the RAF, complaining that the Germans were bombing civilian areas while the RAF concentrated on military targets, and wished the RAF would go after a few civilian targets for a change. Meanwhile, reports from Berlin talked about continued successes in raids on British shipping and news of German submarine bases under construction in Asia. Word of harsh treatment of Conscientious objectors in Germany became known, with several receiving death sentences and many others given prison terms. In the U.S. a massive Defense spending package was approved by Congress with new construction of aircraft plants given a high priority and a pledge to turn out 5,000 Flying Fortress Bombers a year.

All in all, it was war fever and we weren't even officially in it yet.

Here is the morning roundup of news from NBC on March 22, 1941.

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