Category Archives: History

Dunkirk on Monday, May 20, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: German armored columns, led by General Guderian (a tank expert), severed all communication between the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the north and the main French army in the south. He also … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Sunday, May 19, 1940

A summary of the WWII events this day: The situation in France was unravelling fast. The Germans had now secured their breakthrough in the gap they had forced north of the Maginot Line. The great bulk of the French Army … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Saturday, May 18, 1940

A summary of the WWII events of this day: The German Army in Belgium captured Antwerp and entered Brussels. The British and French forces in Belgium fall back to positions behind the Dendre River. Twelve RAF Blenheim bombers attacked advancing … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Friday, May 17, 1940

From Walter Lord’s book, The Miracle of Dunkirk: This same day Winston Churchill for the first time began thinking of the possibility of evacuation. No one was more offensive-minded than Churchill—nobody prodded Gort harder—but every contingency had to be faced, … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Thursday, May 16, 1940

Normally talk of individuals saving civilization is correctly limited to summer sci-fi movies. But in those very movies nowadays, it seems that the Germans of WWII are the only universally acceptable symbols of evil. [The unwillingness to identify other evils … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Wednesday, May 15, 1940

From Walter Lord’s book, The Miracle of Dunkirk, the moment that Winston Churchill realized that the Allied forces situation was worse than imagined: At 7:30 a.m. on May 15, Churchill was asleep in his quarters at Admiralty House, London. The … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Tuesday, May 14, 1940

Walter Lord’s book, The Miracle of Dunkirk: The True Story of Operation Dynamo, begins as follows: Every man had his own special moment when he first knew that something was wrong. For Royal Air Force [RAF] Group Captain Collard, it … Continue reading

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Dunkirk on Friday, May 10, 1940

Some days in history kinda put other days in history to shame. Take for example May 10th, 1940: On this day in 1940, Hitler begins his Western offensive with the radio code word “Danzig,” sending his forces into Holland and … Continue reading

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10/01/47 – Connie Mack weighing return

October 1, 1947 It was thought to be a mere formality, but Connie Mack threw Philadelphia Athletics supporters a real curve yesterday by declaring that his return for his 48th consecutive season as manager was not a sure thing: “It … Continue reading

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