November 9, 2011

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The German Army on the move. Winter and a dramatic turn of events was just weeks away.


This day in 1941 was all about the war, enveloping just about every point on the globe. From the German Army poised to invade the Caucuses to the British Army pledged to support the Russians from German attacks on the Middle East. Africa under attack by the German Army. Britain continuing raids over Berlin. Finland playing a balancing game between Germany, Russia and the U.S. - legislation had gone into effect arming Merchant Ships again German aggression. The South Pacific under the tentative gaze of Australia. And every day the U.S. inched closer to getting involved in the shooting war, which some had already said we were part of but as yet undeclared.

And so the news, as presented on the Blue Network's News Of The World program for November 9, 1941, tried to paint a picture not nearly as bleak as it actually was. Still, the war had been going on for 2 years in Europe with no end in sight, to the surprise of even the Germans who were told it would all be over by Christmas 1941 but revised that to say "maybe Christmas 1943". It would be revised several times before it was all over.

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